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Charles Russell Speechlys in Guildford Promotes Jonathan Steele to Partner

24th June 2021

Charles Russell Speechlys in Guildford has announced its annual promotions, with Jonathan Steele (Corporate) promoted to Partner and Sam Milne (Corporate) and Richard Honey (Private Client/Charities & Not-For-Profit) both promoted to Senior Associate.

Jonathan Steele (Corporate) – Jonathan’s areas of expertise include advising on mergers and acquisitions, corporate investments and restructuring. He has particular specialisms in the technology, media and healthcare sectors, with clients ranging from early stage growth companies to listed public companies. Jonathan is ranked in Chambers & Partners for Corporate/M&A. He also sits on the Junior Board of the Association of European Lawyers.


Sam Milne (Corporate) – Sam advises on all aspects of commercial and corporate law, acting for businesses of all sizes including multi-nationals, SMEs, partnerships, LLPs and sole traders. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, company incorporations, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and commercial contracts. He is also a member of the firm’s Pharmacy, Dental and Veterinary teams and regularly advises on healthcare transactions.

Richard Honey (Private Client/Charities & Not-For-Profit) – Richard deals with a variety of private client work, including advising on will drafting, tax planning, probate and general trust and estate administration. Richard was noted as a key lawyer in the 2021 Legal 500 for his ‘invaluable’ experience in handling complex estate administration matters. He is also a specialist in the charities and not-for-profit sector.

Duncan Elson, Partner and Head of the Guildford office comments, “Congratulations to Jonathan, Sam and Richard who have all demonstrated exceptional commitment, in-depth sector knowledge and high client service levels.

“These promotions are a sign of our continued growth and success, despite the unprecedented year that we have all experienced. We now have 23 partners in the Guildford office and have built a reputation for excellence across a broad range of areas including corporate, family, property, litigation, employment, construction and private client work. We have an extremely talented team in Guildford, with ambitious plans for further growth.”

Charles Russell Speechlys employs over 160 staff in its Guildford office at One London Square and provides a full range of services to businesses and private clients in the region, backed by the resources of an international law firm. For further information, please visit