Berry Smith – Expanding and Improving

As part of its long-term plan of continuous improvement, Berry Smith is proud to announce that there have been a number of recent changes including promotions, new qualifications and a new starter.

We are pleased to welcome Derek Holbrook who joins Berry Smith as Finance Manager. Bristol born Derek began his career in a law firm, quickly moving into the accounts function. With expertise in software used to run legal practices, Derek has also used this skill to help train legal firms all over the country

Gavin Hoccom, who is now a Senior Associate, joined Berry Smith in 2015 having returned to Cardiff to practice commercial litigation at a local firm after his call to the Bar in 2010. Following his cross-qualification in 2012, Gavin has developed extensive experience of company and construction litigation, acting for a diverse range of clients including multinational corporate groups in the medical and technology sectors, as well as PLC and SME contractors and developers.

Jane Rees is now an Associate and has practised law for 20 years advising commercial and individual clients on a range of issues including commercial disputes, insolvency and property law. She has wide experience in representing clients in litigation and resolution of their disputes.

Jane Emery is also now an Associate. She joined Berry Smith in 2010 as part of the Private Client Team as a residential property solicitor, specialising in equity release and re-mortgage transactions for a leading lender client.

Catrin Mackie has just qualified as a solicitor and works in the Commercial Property team. She has gained experience in a range of commercial property matters and regularly represents both sellers and purchasers. 

Alison Hoy, Chief Executive at Berry Smith, said “we are delighted with these changes as they recognise the high quality service being provided to our clients and that the strategy of continually improving our team is progressing very well.”


For further information please contact

Alison Hoy – Chief Executive (

Keith Daniel – Marketing Manager (

Tel – +44 (0) 29 2034 5511

Further details can be found on Berry Smith’s web site –