The UK’s first large law firm to become employee-owned, Stephens Scown LLP, has appointed two new sector heads.

Toby Pool, a partner in the firm’s real estate team becomes head of leisure and tourism, while Thomas Chartres-Moore an associate in the firm’s intellectual property team takes on the role of head of food and drink. Tom is a non-executive director of the not-for-profit organisation Food Drink Devon.

Robert Camp, Stephens Scown’s managing partner said: “Our job is to help our clients to solve problems and seize opportunities. But first we need to understand their businesses inside out, which is something that Toby and Tom are both great at. They share a combination of legal talent and passion for the sectors they are heading up.”

Stephens Scown’s leisure and tourism team supports a range of businesses in the holiday park, hotel, licensed trade and leisure sectors, including Wookey Hole, Mother Iveys Bay and Palstone Lodges.

The firm’s food and drink team works with clients including St Austell Brewery, Trewithen Dairy, Hillside Foods, Chunk of Devon, Sandford Orchard and Westaway Sausages.

Photograph shows (left to right) – Thomas Chartres-Moore and Toby Pool of Stephens Scown