Knights, one of the UK's fastest growing legal and professional services businesses, is pleased to announce the appointments of Malcolm Pike and James Keogh as Partners in its employment team, working across the Group’s offices in the North West and Yorkshire while expanding the Group’s expertise and presence in those regions.

Malcolm is a well-known senior figure in the North West legal and business communities with international recognition in the field of employment law and extensive NED and management experience across industry. With over 30 years’ experience working with FTSE 100 and international boards as well as local SME owners and investors, Malcolm has a strong reputation for advising on some of the most sensitive and high profile employment law and industrial relations matters. Based across Knights’ Wilmslow and Manchester offices, Malcolm will support Group’s growth ambitions across the North West.

James, who will join Knights as Partner on 18 May, brings over 11 years’ experience in employment law. Primarily based in the Leeds office, James will further strengthen the Group’s offering in Yorkshire. He is a trusted adviser to a number of household names, with a particular focus on the retail, manufacturing and food sectors.

These appointments will serve to further strengthen the platform Knights has developed through its investment in its practices across its regions. Alongside strong growth in new joiners, Knights’ Employment team has been further boosted by colleagues joining in Nottingham, Crawley and Leeds by way of acquisitive growth, taking the total number of employment lawyers across its fifteen offices to 55.

Malcolm Pike, Partner commented on joining Knights:

I am delighted to join Knights at an exciting time, with the Employment team showing great momentum in recent months. Having known the business for many years, I was attracted by its unique approach, strong culture, values and focus on its people. I look forward to joining back up with the team and supporting Knights’ growth ambitions in the North West.