FirstPro Awards

Sarah Perry Announced as Winner of FirstPro 2017

Sarah Perry, Managing Partner of Wright Hassall Solicitors, was named FirstPro 2017, at a gala dinner held at the Ricoh Arena on Thursday 6 April.

As one of only eight female managing partners of law firms in England, Sarah has been identified as a ‘Hot 100’ lawyer by the industry leading publication, The Lawyer.  Chambers UK 2017 describes her as “a tenacious litigator who leads a good team with a very clear focus on what the client is trying to achieve”.  Responsible for the firm’s ambitious three-year growth strategy, Sarah is also Head of Wright Hassall Solicitors’ dispute resolution practice.  She is recognised for her commercial and financial litigation expertise and her considerable High Court experience.

Tim Powell, one of the region’s leading business consultants, was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to business in Coventry and Warwickshire.  He began his career in the banking sector, supporting SMEs.  Then, as Managing Director of DBM Direct, he grew the company from six people and a turnover of £275,000 to 22 people and a turnover of £2.2 million.  He went on to join Warwick University Science Park to deliver a pilot Investment Readiness Programme, helped deliver the Advanced Growth Fund and has been personally involved in the delivery to support of over 650 SMEs. Outside work he has helped organise the Coventry Fun Run for over a decade and is Director and Treasurer of Coventry Mind. 

The category winners are:

Legal Professional: Sarah Perry, Wright Hassall Solicitors

(Legal Professional Highly Commended: Mark Lewis, Lodders Solicitors)

Finance & Banking Professional: Deborah Austin, Dafferns Chartered Accountants

Business Services (including Property) Professional: Jason Strain, Harrison Beale & Owen Financial Services

Young Professional: Vangeya Mhone Murphy, Shakespeare Martineau



Headline Sponsor

Coventry Improvement District

Young Professionals Category Sponsor

Business Services Category Sponsor

Pertemps Network ~ The Face of Recruitment


Associate Sponsors

Coventry City of Culture Bid 2021
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Supporter Sponsors

University of Warwick