Law firm Thrings has continued its expansion in Hampshire with the appointment of commercial and corporate specialist, Mary Chant, as partner.

Mary advises businesses in relation to their commercial and contractual contracts and arrangements, including drafting and negotiating commercial agreements, joint ventures and data protection.

Formerly a commercial partner at Blake Morgan, Mary also acts for operators and funders in the health and care sector, including elderly care, learning disability, mental health, special educational needs, children's day nurseries, GPs and primary care providers.

Mary becomes Thrings’ third partner in Hampshire, joining agriculture specialist Mark Charter and private client expert Rachel Brooks at the firm’s offices at International House on the Southampton International Business Park.

As well as working with her commercial and corporate colleagues across the firm, Mary will combine her commercial expertise with Mark and Rachel’s skills in the closely related practice areas of agriculture, landed estates and private affairs to provide a complete legal service for businesses, individuals and their families.

Mary said: “Thrings has long held a reputation for providing first-class legal advice, delivered by lawyers who recognise the importance of getting to know their clients and gaining a clear understanding of their commercial and personal legal needs. This approach very much reflects my own, which made the decision to join Thrings extremely straightforward.

In recent months the Hampshire office has welcomed a number of legal specialists and business support staff, including associate solicitor and former barrister, Matt Gilks, who specialises in planning and environmental matters and rural and urban diversification.

The firm also recently appointed solicitor Josephine Nieves, who deals with legal and property matters affecting rural landed estates. Working closely with Mark, Josephine strengthens Thrings’ specialist agriculture team – the largest of any UK law firm – and enhances the expert support available to the farming community in the south-east, where the firm is a member of the NFU Legal Panel for seven counties.

Simon Holdsworth, managing partner of Thrings, added: “We are very pleased to welcome Mary, Matt and Josephine at what is a very exciting time for Thrings. The opening of our doors in Hampshire last year has allowed the firm to strengthen its ties with the region and enable our growing team of experienced legal specialists to build close relationships with new and existing clients.

Thrings – which also has offices in London, Bristol, Bath and Swindon – is expected to announce details of further senior appointments in Hampshire in the coming months.