Sarah Debney brings more than 35 years’ experience to the role

Law firm Simpson Millar has announced the expansion of its national private client division with the appointment of Sarah Debney as National Head of Conveyancing.

She brings more than 35 years’ conveyancing and strategic management experience, as well as a wealth of expertise overseeing all aspects of buying, selling and re-mortgaging residential properties, to the role.

Formerly Head of Legal Practice and Head of Operational Quality and Compliance at Premier Property Lawyers, she is the latest in a string of senior appointments for Simpson Millar which has also recently appointed Steven Horsley as its news Head of Military Claims, as well as medical negligence partner Helen Neville.

Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and a professional council member for the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).

She is welcomed to the firm by the Director of Private Practice, Chris Johnson, who considers her appointment another key piece in Simpson Millar’s growth strategy for Private Legal Service’s and overarching objective of “Opening up the law” for consumers.

He said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Sarah to the firm.

“She joins Simpson Millar at an exciting time for the Residential Conveyancing Department as we look to continue to grow our market share and strategic partnerships.

“Sarah provides us with a wealth of practical and technical experience, but she has also operated at a senior level in one of the largest conveyancing practices in the country. Her experience is helping shape the way Simpson Millar delivers legal services in this area, from all aspects of the client journey to risk management in what is unquestionably a demanding and changing environment.

Sarah added: “I am pleased to be joining Simpson Millar and privileged to be taking on the role of National Head of Conveyancing.

“The industry has faced considerably demand throughout the pandemic, and the commitment and dedication of the wider team to deliver on thousands of matters on behalf of clients across the country has been admirable.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the team to further streamline our operations in order to best meet the needs people dealing with a range of residential property related matters, as well as working alongside our colleagues in the wider private client services division.”

Simpson Millar is fast-establishing itself as the ‘go-to’ consumer law firm of choice across the country. The firm, known as The Open Lawyers, is committed to opening up the law for both colleagues and clients – providing legal support to anyone in need at the key moments in their lives.

The firm employs more than 500 people who perform across several departments in support of clients, including those going through a separation or divorce, people looking to purchase a new home, and those who have become ill or injured because of their work or while serving in the Armed Forces.