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Company and commercial law specialist Tony Chester has become a Partner at Furley Page, one of seven promotions announced by the leading south east law firm.

Tony first came to Furley Page as a trainee in 2007, after more than 15 successful years in publishing and marketing services, and joined the firm’s highly regarded Corporate Team in 2008 on qualification.

Since then he has built an enviable reputation among the firm’s clients and professional contacts for his expertise in issues that many business owners and directors face, including starting up, partnership and shareholder agreements, trading and other commercial contracts, joint ventures, asset and share deals, and restructuring work.

Joshua Williams and Alexandra Gordon, both part of Furley Page’s Private Client team, have been made Associates. Estate planning and administration expert Joshua has extensive experience in helping elderly clients with a range of issues, from Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney to advice on tax. Based at Furley Page’s Whitstable office, his main client focus is on the residents of Whitstable and the surrounding coastal towns. Alexandra, who specialises in long-term wealth planning and helping clients safeguard their assets for future generations, was named Kent Law Society Junior Lawyer of the Year in 2014 and has recently qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser.

Four other lawyers have been promoted to Senior Associate:

  • Richard Ludlow, Head of Insolvency and Debt Recovery, whose expertise in insolvency law has earned him personal recognition as a leading individual by independent legal guide Chambers UK;
  • Employment law specialist Amanda Okill, part of Furley Page’s highly regarded Employment Law Team and personally recognised by Chambers UK as ‘an Associate to watch’;
  • Catherine Wolstencroft, who joined Furley Page’s Commercial Team at the beginning of 2005 and specialises in freehold and leasehold property work for a diverse range of commercial clients;
  • And Senior Solicitor Nicola Hopper, who is a member of both Furley Page’s Private Client and Agriculture and Rural Business teams and joined the firm in 2004. Nicola undertakes general private client work including trusts, tax and estate planning, Wills and succession. Nicola is also a specialist in agricultural law and is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (

Peter Hawkes, Furley Page Senior Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution, says: “These promotions are well deserved and reflect the lawyers’ hard work, dedication and commitment to providing the highest quality client service. They have all played a pivotal role in the firm’s continuing growth and success.”

Furley Page has 18 Partners and is recommended by independent legal guides Chambers UK and The Legal 500. It is also listed in The Lawyer as one of the Top 200 law firms.

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Author:Furley Page