Expanding EGL adds European flair with two new hires

Birmingham law firm Emms Gilmore Liberson (EGL) has added a European flavour to its expanding team, with the appointment of two new hires.

Fabienne McAllister, who is bilingual and holds a French law degree, as well as being an English qualified solicitor, has re-joined the firm as an associate director, bringing 16 years of experience in commercial litigation and employment law.

EGL has also announced the appointment of French speaker, Tona Zefi as an associate solicitor, assisting the firm’s commercial and property litigation teams.

The new hires bring EGL’s team to 36 and follow a period of recruitment that has seen the firm establish new specialist teams in construction services and franchising in the first quarter of the year.

Fabienne has acted on many high-value, cross-jurisdictional claims for international clients, as well as for English companies with operations in French-speaking countries and French companies with subsidiaries in the UK. She has also spent some time practising in Paris.

Fabienne has re-joined the employment team at EGL to work alongside Elaine Howard and Peter Adkins, and head of commercial litigation, Richard Cooper. She will advise employers of all sizes on employment tribunal claims, effecting dismissals and the negotiated departures of employees under settlement agreements, as well as supporting her corporate colleagues by advising the firm’s clients on the employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions and disposals of businesses.

Fabienne said: “I am pleased to be back at EGL and am really looking forward to supporting the development of the firm’s established employment team. Employment law affects everyone at some time or another, whether as employers or employees. I am used to working with the kind of varied client base that EGL advises, both at home and abroad – with the advantage of being able to communicate my advice in French, as the situation arises.”

Originally from Albania, fellow French-speaker Tona Zefi qualified as a solicitor in 2017, having trained at local practice Shakespeare Martineau and a leading Legal 500 litigation and property firm in the northwest.

Tona said: “I am relishing the challenge of forging my career at such a dynamic and respected firm, with an impressive client base. EGL places a real emphasis on quality rather than quantity and is committed to investing in talent and potential. It’s the ideal place to grow and develop.”

EGL is ranked highly by leading law publication Legal 500 for its corporate and commercial, licensing, commercial litigation, commercial property, tax and probate and property litigation services. It has recently been approved as an affiliate member of the British Franchise Association, in recognition of the franchise expertises at EGL.

Greg Emms, partner at EGL, said: “We are delighted to welcome Fabienne and Tona to the firm, they are hugely talented people joining us at very different stages of their respective careers.

“It is an exciting time for EGL. Not only are we delighted to be expanding, we’re also refurbishing our offices and are looking forward to the new layout and facilities which will promote flexibility and enhance our working practices.”

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