Steve Halkett and Mallory Coxe

East Midlands 'dealmaker' appointed partner at law firm's growing corporate team

A leading Midlands law firm has expanded its growing corporate team with the appointment of a new partner.

Mallory Coxe has joined Leamington Spa-based Wright Hassall and brings with her a wealth of experience in acting for a vast range of owner-managed businesses, large corporate and private equity firms.

Her arrival follows the appointment of Freya Summers in the firm’s eight-strong corporate team.

Mallory – who, alongside Freya, lives in the East Midlands and works in a hybrid manner – brings with her a glowing reputation from clients and the East Midlands dealmaking community, having recently been named Emerging Dealmaker of the Year at Insider’s East Midlands Dealmakers Awards 2023.

The award recognised her as being a “key part” of the local dealmaking market as well as being known for driving deals over the line for the likes of Experian, Travis Perkins and Euro Garages.

She joins Wright Hassall after more than seven years with the Freeths’ Nottingham office, having previously worked for Eversheds Sutherland and Watson Burton (since acquired by Weightmans).

She said: “I have worked with Freya in the past and when she approached me about the opportunity to tag-team in spearheading the firm’s growth in the East Midlands corporate finance market, whilst being part of an ambitious, people-focussed and dynamic corporate team, it was something which really appealed to me.

“The idea of re-joining forces with someone you have enjoyed working with previously was a real pull. Having then met with Head of Corporate Steve Halkett, I further understood the work that Wright Hassall gets involved in, the culture, the firm’s vision and the real commitment to its people.

“I’ve always been really passionate about delivering results for clients, working collaboratively with all parties involved and investing time in the relationships I have genuinely built and nurtured over the years.

“Wright Hassall, having been around for 177 years, pride themselves on these pillars too and the role that had been carved out for me was something which I couldn’t turn away from. Steve, Freya and the rest of the team have been incredibly supportive, and I am really excited to be a part of the driving force for Wright Hassall’s growing corporate presence across the board.”

Head of Corporate, Steve Halkett, added: “Mallory has hit the ground running and is full of energy and enthusiasm. I can already tell she is a fantastic fit for our team here.

“Not only is she a great technical corporate lawyer with strong experience and a positive can-do attitude, but she is hugely respected in the East Midlands corporate market and will add to our existing offering in the West Midlands, London and nationally.”

Wright Hassall is a full-service award-winning law firm, which was established in 1846 and employs more than 245 people, including almost 40 partners.