Important update from Dorset Chamber regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have a dedicated Coronavirus section, which is being updated on a daily basis. Click Here for more details.
Home > Company News > Solicitor promoted to Partner just seven years after qualifying

Solicitor promoted to Partner just seven years after qualifying

Posted on: 03/02/2020

A solicitor who had been working as a trainee at Ellis Jones over seven years ago has been appointed a Partner with Ellis Jones.

Paul Kanolik is the 17th Partner at the growing law firm which has six offices across the south coast, in Bournemouth, Canford Cliffs, Christchurch, Ringwood, Swanage and Wimborne – as well as in London.

His promotion brings the number of former trainees who have become Partners at Ellis Jones to seven.

Nigel Smith, Managing Partner and also a former trainee, said: “Paul’s appointment to the Partnership is thoroughly deserved and the clearest possible recognition of his hard work and dedication to the firm.

“His promotion is also further confirmation of how we develop our talent. Nearly half of our current 17 partners either started as trainees, or completed their training with us, which I regard as a real achievement.”

Paul joined the Banking & Finance Litigation department at Ellis Jones in 2012 to finish his training before qualifying as a solicitor.

At the time, the department was a team of four and the firm had approximately 100 members of staff.

In the last seven years the Banking & Finance Litigation team has recovered more than £55 million for clients and grown to a team of 15.

Ellis Jones has mirrored that growth and now employs approximately 160 staff.

It is one of only a few firms on the South Coast with a specialised banking and finance litigation department.

Paul, who deals with a wide variety of disputes, including complex and high value claims relating to mis-selling, fraud and breach of contract, said: “I am privileged to have had the opportunity to work and develop at Ellis Jones, being initially promoted to Associate Solicitor in 2015, and then Senior Associate Solicitor in 2017.

“Many of the firm’s Partners have followed a similar journey to me, having trained and then progressed at Ellis Jones.

“I am delighted to be joining them as a fellow Partner and very much look forward to helping the firm and our clients continue to grow and succeed in the years ahead.”

Picture caption: PARTNER: New Ellis Jones’ Partner Paul Kanolik (centre) with (left) fellow Partner William Fox Bregman and Managing Partner Nigel Smith.

Did you know you can submit your news free of charge to the Dorset Chamber?

Submit your news

Most popular reads

Become a member

Become a Dorset Member today

Find out how

Business Training

Free Training to help businesses across Dorset provided by Dorset Chamber members

Some training opportunities are open to non-members

Find out more

Platinum Sponsors