Commercial law firm Short Richardson & Forth has strengthened its regulatory offering with the appointment of associate Sheila Ramshaw.

The Regulatory team at the Newcastle-based firm are specialist defence lawyers who represent clients across the country. They are recognised throughout the UK for their expertise in successfully defending clients in this niche area of law.

Sheila joins the team as an Associate, bringing her excellent reputation for successfully defending clients, both individuals and corporate.

Head of the team, Andrew Swan: “The last few years have been incredibly busy for the team, particularly with the growth of enforcement action by the various regulatory bodies. It often feels like Manchester and London are our second homes. Whilst defending our clients, we have developed strong working relationships with senior personnel in organisations such as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), ICO and OFCOM, often on first name terms.”

“I am really pleased that Sheila has joined the team, her key skills will help to further our development. She’s also a really nice person and I’m sure that our clients and the regulators will enjoy working with her.”

Qualifying in early 2013, Sheila passed the Duty Solicitor exams and became a successful advocate in the Magistrates’ Courts. Prior to joining Short Richardson & Forth, she worked for two regional law firms where she developed her skills and reputation.

Sheila stated: “I was thrilled to be offered the job and to work alongside Andrew Swan, who is renowned for his expertise in a very interesting area of law. Within a week of my arrival, I attended North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court with clients facing an MoJ prosecution. After an excellent result in Court, it was a good feeling travelling home from Newcastle-under-Lyme to Newcastle-upon-Tyne! ”

This really is my dream job; not only am I defending clients in difficulty, but I am also advising on the new General Data Protection Regulation, which is a major change in the data protection field. Helping companies adapt to the new regime will be both challenging and rewarding.