People & Appointments


Two partner promotions at Salisbury law firm

Written by Peter Davison on .

Jessica Johnston  and Claire SpeedJessica Johnston and Claire SpeedHistoric Salisbury law firm Whitehead Vizard LLP has promoted two of its solicitors.

Jessica Johnston, head of private client and Claire Speed, head of dispute resolution have been made partners at the 178-year-old firm.

Jessica joined Whitehead Vizard in November 2016 as head of private client, dealing with all aspects of wills, trusts and estates.

“I am very pleased to be able to work with and assist those in our local community whilst developing the private client service at Whitehead Vizard," she said.

"In addition, I am keen to ensure Whitehead’s reputation for excellence and reliability when it comes to legal advice is upheld”.

Jessica is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the gold standard in the private client field. Claire joined Whitehead Vizard in September 2017.

She qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 and has since specialised in litigation and dispute resolution, working for both national and regional law firms.

She is also a member of the Agricultural Law Association and the Country Land and Business Association (the CLA).

Claire also sits on the Wiltshire Committee of RABI - the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. “I am looking forward to further growing the dispute resolution practice," said Claire.

"It is fantastic to be part of a firm that has integrity, drive and a real presence in the communities that we support.” Her practice also covers contractual disputes, contentious probate, debt collection and enforcement, intellectual property disputes and family law.

Claire is the legal advisor to Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and has invaluable knowledge and insight into the local business and rural farming community. Senior partner Andrew Hodder said: “We are delighted to welcome Jessica and Claire to the partnership.

"They have shown that they are both fully committed to providing the high-quality service Whiteheads offers and we look forward to continuing to work with them in their new roles."