Law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has announced a series of senior promotions confirming two new partners in its Newcastle office.

The new partners include: Chris Ledgerwood, who advises residential investors, charities and public sector bodies on matters of leasehold reform, enfranchisement and rights of pre-emption and John Booth, based in Newcastle’s real estate Developers and Investors team and specialises in public and private sector development projects.

The good news is part of a wider round of promotions across the firm with a total of five new partners, one legal director and six associates including Emma Campbell-Danesh (Commercial Disputes & Regulatory) and Rishi Kohli (Projects & Procurement) in Newcastle.

Kevin Robertson, Head of WBD’s Newcastle office, commented: “At WBD, we want our people to enjoy long and successful careers with us so we work hard to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to develop, grow and be rewarded for their success.

“We’re delighted to welcome Chris and John to the partnership and congratulate them and Emma and Rishi on their achievements.

“We’re very proud of the talent within our firm and the contribution that those promoted have made to the continued success of the Newcastle office and our business overall.

“That contribution deserves to be recognised and celebrated.”

Ranking in the UK’s top 20 law firms, WBD provides legal expertise in eleven key sectors from across eight offices in the UK and 19 offices in the US.

With Newcastle being the largest office in the WBD portfolio and having supported the ambitions of North East businesses for over 200 years, it is recognised as the ‘clear market leader market leader in the North East’ by Legal 500.