West Yorkshire law firm, Switalskis Solicitors has nearly doubled its number of partners with five new appointments.

Steve Dibb, Razia Jogi, Alison Kaye, Clare Peckett and Lisa Phillips have been appointed by the firm which has six offices in West Yorkshire, including Bradford, and specialises in legal aid work. The firm already had six partners.

Managing partner John Durkan, said: “Our new partners will bring the additional drive, energy and determination necessary to ensure Switalskis is best-placed to meet the future challenges awaiting us in an increasingly complex legal marketplace.

“We have had a tight, unified team of six partners for some time, but the market has changed and our firm has grown significantly over the past few years. The advent of Alternative Business Structures and an ever-increasing regulatory burden mean that partners in law firms have more work than ever on their hands.

“For legal aid firms, the Government’s recent reforms have also had an impact. We have chosen some of our very best and most driven people to join us in meeting the challenges the future will bring.”

The new members of the team have been introduced as ‘fixed share’ partners, which means they did not need to make a financial investment into the practice.

John added: “Fixed share partnership seemed like the ideal way to help our brightest and best make the step from employee to partner as it requires no initial monetary investment. It will give our new partners the chance to see what partnership is really like and find out before investing in the firm whether it is the best career path for them personally.”