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New Chief Exec for one of Liverpool’s fastest growing legal firms


One of Liverpool’s fastest growing legal firms, Astraea Linskills, has appointed John Paul Dennis as Chief Executive and Head of Private Client.

The legal practice, which also has offices in London,  founded in 2016 by Nama Zarroug,  acquired leading criminal law firm, Linskills,  in February 2020.

John Paul, 42, brings with him a vast wealth of experience with over 17 years specialising in all areas of tax planning, trust, Wills and probate matters, providing guidance to business owners and high net worth individuals on succession planning, lifetime and post-death tax planning. Formerly head of the Liverpool Wills Trusts and Estates team at Weightmans LLP and previously a partner at Kirwans Liverpool.

On his appointment John Paul said:

“As Chief Executive I am looking forward to driving the strategic direction of the firm, working with the board to ensure organic and sustainable growth as well as focussing on compliance and regulatory outcomes.  As Head of Private Client, I will be looking to introduce a new service to the firm, it’s clients and contacts and to develop an efficient cutting edge Private Client and Wealth advisory service to protect clients, their families and successive generations.  I am delighted to join such a dynamic team and excited at the challenges which lie ahead and and I am looking forward to growing the business and expanding our portfolio”

Founding Director, Nama Zarroug said:

“We are delighted to welcome John Paul  as Chief Executive and Head of Private Client at this exciting time for Astraea Linskills.  As a Board of Directors we have grown the business substantially, acquired one of Liverpool’s leading criminal practices and more than doubled the number of employees in recent years.  John Paul joins us as we plan to relocate our practice to bigger premises on Castle Street in the heart of the city centre and we could not be more thrilled to welcome him to our talented team.”

John Paul lives in Wavertree with his partner, has one son and is also Chair of Trustees at Nugent Care, one of the regions oldest and most diverse charities.

Find out more about Astrea Legal here.

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