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Hay & Kilner announces senior promotions

23 Nov 2015

Leading Newcastle law firm, Hay & Kilner, has announced three promotions within its Employment, Commercial Disputes and Construction departments, reflecting the strong performance of the individuals and those teams.

Sarah Furness and Lucy Gray have been appointed to partner within the firm’s Employment and Commercial Disputes departments respectively, whilst Jan Rzedzian has been promoted to associate within the Construction department.

Employment, Commercial Disputes and Construction are significant practice areas at Hay & Kilner and the departments are all highly recommended in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, both independently researched guides to the legal profession.

Employment law specialist Sarah Furness has over eight years’ experience and provides guidance and advice to employers on a large variety of human resource matters including tribunal claims, employment documentation, redundancies / restructures, discrimination and dismissals. Sarah is named as a leading individual in her field in Chambers & Partners and is praised for providing clients with ‘clarity and high-quality answers’.


Lucy Gray, who trained with Hay & Kilner, has been a key member of the Commercial Disputes department for the last six years. As well as handling contractual disputes, Lucy also deals with intellectual property, professional negligence and contentious trusts and probate matters for a broad client base. Since 2012, Lucy has been recommended in Chambers & Partners and is singled out for her ‘rapid problem-solving skills’.

Jan Rzedzian qualified into Hay & Kilner’s well-regarded Construction department after training with the firm. He has significant expertise in construction & engineering disputes as well as drafting and advising upon construction agreements.Jan’s promotion will further enhance the service the team provides to their impressive portfolio of local and national clients.

Speaking of the promotions, Martin Soloman, Senior Partner at Hay & Kilner, said:

“It is great to see our people develop professionally and personally at Hay & Kilner, whether joining us as a trainee or later in their career. Sarah, Lucy and Jan have contributed much to Hay & Kilner over a number of years and their promotions are thoroughly deserved.”