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2015 – Midlands & The East

December

  • Pinsent Masons has appointed restructuring specialist Amy Flavell as a partner in its banking & restructuring team.
  • The Milton Keynes office of Howes Percival has recruited partner James Howarth who specialises in intellectual property and media litigation.
  • Browne Jacobson has welcomed partner Clare Auty to its health practice. Auty has experience in corporate, commercial, employment, risk and governance law.
  • Ashton KCJ has announced that franchise partner Damian Humphrey has recently been accredited as a qualified franchise professional.
  • Norwich firm Cozens-Hardy LLP has announced that chartered legal executive Rebecca Edwards has become a partner of the firm. Edwards specialises in residential conveyancing.
  • Knights LLP has appointed Jo Backhouse as a partner in the real estate team.
  • Lucy Norton has joined Withy King. Norton has over 12 years’ experience in injury litigation
  • Ashton KCJ has welcomed solicitor Sophie McCadney to its commercial property team.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has welcomed newly qualified Alice Timbrell.
  • Katherine Trafford has joined the medical law team at Langleys Solicitors. Trafford specialises in medical negligence claims.
  • Raj Hundal has qualified into the commercial property department at BHW Solicitors.
  • Amy Clague has joined the private client team at Andrew Jackson.
  • Andrew Jackson has appointed licensed conveyancer Katie Wilson as a member of the property department. Wilson has worked in residential conveyancing for almost 20 years.
  • Fraser Brown has appointed Fiona Boswell as head of franchising.
  • Glover Priest has completed the acquisition of Tamworth-based firm Argyles Solicitors.
  • Mills & Reeve has appointed Bridget Skelton as a non-executive director. Skelton has extensive experience in retail and consulting
  • Willans has welcomed solicitor Jenny Hawrot to the firm’s employment law team.
  • Thomas Guise Solicitors has appointed Kirsty Elvins as an associate solicitor.
  • James Briggs and Delia Copley have qualified as solicitors at Sharp Young & Pearce.
  • Access Legal has expanded its education team in Milton Keynes with the recruitment of solicitor Victoria Federico.
  • Lawson-West has appointed property solicitor Elizabeth White as head of conveyancing.
  • Thomson Webb & Corfield has appointed Amanda Apcar as a senior associate in the commercial property department.

November

  • Ashton KCJ has recruited corporate partner James Tarling to its corporate and commercial team in Norwich.
  • Gosschalks has promoted commercial litigation lawyer, Phil Osborne, to partner.
  • Howes Percival has appointed Adam Kudryl as a corporate partner and joint head of the Cambridge office.
  • Gross & Co has promoted Louise Godfrey, head of property, to partner.
  • Emma Swan has joined Knights LLP as an employment partner.
  • Weightmans has expanded its commercial dispute resolution division with the appointment of partner Mark Surguy.
  • Veale Wasbrough Vizards has welcomed employment partner Kathy Halliday to its Birmingham office.
  • Christopher Brennan, a public procurement lawyer, is to join the Mills & Reeve national procurement team in November 2015.
  • Nelsons has announced that solicitor and partner Matthew Olner has been appointed to the clinical negligence panel of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA). Olner deals with fatal claims and inquests, and catastrophic injury claims.
  • Hewitsons has appointed Andrew Priest as a partner in its corporate business unit.
  • Ashton KCJ has welcomed solicitor Sarah Duncan to its Ipswich office where she joins the commercial property and litigation teams.
  • Bray & Bray has expanded its litigation department with the recruitment of associate solicitor Gordon Monaghan.
  • BPE Solicitors in Cheltenham has appointed Jim Lawless as non-executive chairman.
  • Langleys Solicitors has retained three newly qualified solicitors in the Lincoln office; Victoria Lyon has qualified into the medical law team, with Tim Burt joining the children’s law team and James Barron joining the employment team.
  • Gosschalks has made a number of promotions. Sarah Coates-Madden (commercial litigation), Julia Madden (residential property) and Will Buckenham (commercial litigation/construction law) have all been promoted to associate.
  • David Bayliss has joined the corporate department at Higgs & Sons.
  • Fraser Brown has promoted Natalie Barnes and Daniel Harley to associate.
  • George Green has expanded its management team with the appointment of David Stevenson as chief executive. The firm has also welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Emma Fawkes-Underwood to its commercial property team.
  • Ellis-Fermor & Negus has appointed Grace Steele as a private client director.
  • Irwin Mitchell has announced the promotion of a number of associates. In Birmingham they are personal injury solicitors Jatinder Paul, Laura Ralfe, Tom Fletcher, Thomas Riis Bristow and Jenna Harris and employment solicitor Hannah Clifford.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed Catherine Hitchman as an associate, specialising in advising older and vulnerable clients.
  • Chloe Kitchen has qualified into the property department at MCP Solicitors.
  • Alsters Kelley has appointed Tony Hall as senior solicitor and head of clinical negligence & personal injury.
  • Paragon Law has appointed Charlotte Roberts and Jo Long as legal caseworkers in the corporate immigration department.
  • Band Hatton Button has appointed Niki Young and Paul Hewerdine as conveyancing executives in the residential property team.
  • Thomson Webb & Corfield has welcomed solicitor Francesca Moroz to the firm’s property team.
  • Beswicks Legal has appointed two new solicitors to the practice. Simon Abbotts joins the commercial property team and Emma Millington joins the residential property team.
  • Underwood Vinecombe has made three appointments. Ian Meadows, a commercial litigation specialist, joins the firm as a senior associate. Andrew Perkins joins as a solicitor in the property team, specialising in commercial property and Debbie Palmer joins as a residential conveyancer.
  • Howard Kennedy has appointed Jonathan Metliss as a consultant.
  • Two commercial lawyers, Simon Phillips and Elspeth Lowe, have joined Halebury.
  • Blake Morgan has appointed Jim Edmunds to its aviation team.
  • Winckworth Sherwood has appointed procurement law specialist Nancy Dickie as a senior associate in the corporate and commercial team.
  • Keystone Law has appointed Brian Palmer as a member of the employment team.
  • Farrer & Co has appointed Elena Hinchin, an immigration specialist, as an associate.
  • Sarah Sharma has joined Halebury. Sharma is an experienced IP, media and commercial lawyer.
  • Lee Ellis has joined Stewarts Law as an associate (barrister) in the tax litigation department.
  • Fox Williams has appointed associate Thomas Morton to its real estate team.

October

  • Eversheds has appointed Nicholas Jew as a consultant in its employment practice. He has more than 20 years’ experience in advising corporations and public sector organisations on all aspects of employment law.
  • Mills & Reeve has recruited partner Peter Seaborn to its planning team.
  • Penningtons Manches has appointed two new partners: Ross McNaughton and Sarah Coates.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has welcomed partner Harriet Murray Jones as head of energy and renewables and as a commercial property partner.
  • Parkinson Wright – a QualitySolicitors firm – has appointed Frances Woods and Douglas Godwin as partners.
  • Elliot Mather Solicitors has opened a new office. The two partners leading the new office are Natalia Delgado and Alison O’Sullivan.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed Doug Houghton as an associate solicitor in Birmingham.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has welcomed legal executive Ruth Coupe to its equine team.

September

  • Keoghs has promoted Katie Rose as partner.
  • Lanyon Bowdler has appointed Andrew Evans as head of the commercial property team.
  • Williamson & Soden has appointed Alan Bryce and Julia Morgan as partners in the criminal team.
  • Talbots Solicitors has appointed Paul Furnival as head of its private client family division.
  • Metcalfe Copeman & Pettefar has appointed Andrew Davies as managing partner.
  • Birketts has appointed Maria Peymanto its commercial litigation team as a senior associate.
  • Keoghs has promoted 14 new associates; they are Jodi Booth, Lindsay Bottomley, Vanessa Carr, Lauren Green, Rob Greenhough, Jenny Harrington, Jennifer Holt, Kieron Jones, Rachel Kowalyk, Richard Looker, Alice Martland, Leanne McKenzie Burgess, Laura Sales and Victoria Wadeson.
  • Band Hatton Button has welcomed Marta Fisher as solicitor to its commercial team.
  • Actons has appointed Lucy Davis as an associate in its commercial property team.
  • Nelsons has promoted Nichola Faith to associate in the dispute resolution team.
  • Metcalfe Copeman &Pettefar has appointed two new associates; Lorraine Campbell and Claire Walker.
  • Zyda Law has appointed Ian Graves as an associate director.
  • Spire Solicitors has appointed Sharron Tennant as head of the residential property team.
  • Thomas Horton LLP has appointed William Harrison as an assistant solicitor in the family team.
  • Penningtons Manches has appointed Rachel Bradley as a lawyer in the IP and commercial team.
  • Clarke Willmott has appointed Peter Brewer as a partner in its commercial and private client
    litigation team.
  • Lodders has appointed Rachel Phillips as a specialist licensed conveyancer in its residential property team.
  • Chattertons has appointed Dan Fellows as a solicitor in the wills, trusts and probate team.
  • Alsters Kelley has appointed Kiren Rai to its private client department.
  • Banner Jones has appointed solicitor Angela McGuckin and Abbas Khan as a paralegal in the business legal services team.
  • George Green has welcomed Claire Pottinger back to the firm as a partner and head of the private client team. Also joining is Anne Jenkin-Smith as a solicitor to the firm’s private client team.
  • Geldards has appointed senior associate Leanne Cook to its real estate team.
  • Henmans Freeth has promoted Claire Bendle to Director in the private client department, Lisa Mark-Bell is promoted to senior associate in the private client department and Sian Brown is promoted to senior associate in the clinical negligence department.
  • Hunt & Coombs has appointed senior solicitor Richard Moon in the personal injury team. The firm has also welcomed senior chartered legal executive Lesley Milne in the commercial litigation team.
    Nicholas Devlin has joined the probate team, Giuseppe Pingerna has joined the family team, licensed conveyancer Andrew Boullemier has joined the residential conveyancing team, senior solicitor Nicola Cockerill joins the commercial department and Paul Tate has returned to the firm as a consultant in the commercial team,
  • Nelsons has appointed associate Helen Salisbury to its wills and probate team.

August

  • Gateley plc has appointed partner Benedict Gorner to its employment team.
  • DWF has welcomed partner Alice Broadfield to its banking team.
  • Howes Percival has appointed Philippa Hebbard as a director.
  • Lodders has appointed Jane Senior as an equity partner and head of its dispute resolution team. The firm has also announced that Louise Igoe has become an equity partner, Caroline Nemecek has been promoted to partner in the agricultural department, Kim Klahn and James Mottram have both been promoted to partner.
  • Else Solicitors has promoted two new partners. Andy Rudkin is head of the disputes resolution department while practice director Tracey Marsh has also been promoted to partner designate.
  • Fraser Brown has promoted three senior associate solicitors to partner. Wendy Hooley in the residential property department, Walaiti Rathore in the licensing department and Laura Clark in the wills and probate department.
  • Chris Piggott has joined MFG Solicitors as a partner in its employment and HR team.
  • Gateley plc has appointed Fiona Holland as director.
  • KCJ has appointed ten new associates, they include; Anna Foster, Debbie Holmes, Ben Ward, Nick Peake, Matthew Downing, Tracy Williamson, Charlotte Vallins, Jade Moss, Dominic Pearson and Elizabeth Dunn.
  • Anthony Collins Solicitors has welcomed Kirsty MacMillan as a health and welfare court of protection solicitor.
  • Lodders has promoted Rebecca Freeman to associate in its real estate team. They have also appointed Lindsay Porter as a capital tax and trusts specialist.
  • Brethertons has welcomed Val Suley to the firm as chief finance officer.
  • MFG Solicitors has appointed associate Nicholas Playford to the firm’s agricultural department.
  • Flint Bishop has promoted five new associates: Simon Griffiths in the commercial property team, Rachael Francis and Kirsten Wood in the wills and probate team, Ben Lawson in the family team and Sundeep Sandhu in the litigation team.
  • Thursfields has welcomed associate Helen Hanson to its family department and Daniel Tetsell to its civil litigation team.
  • Cleggs has appointed Lisa Wainwright as a director in the commercial litigation team.
  • Higgs & Sons has made five appointments to its private client team; Andy Bridge, David Morgan, Chris Sawyer, Deborah Beal and Harman Bains.
  • Buckles Solicitors LLP has made a number of recent appointments in its company commercial department. These include: Nadine Duncan, Daniel Belsham, Charlotte Stojak and Lauren Godfrey.

July

  • Weightmans has recruited partner Chris Webb-Jenkins to its healthcare team and Matthew Harvey to its corporate team.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed partner Mark Elder to its dispute resolution and compliance team.
  • Flint Bishop has promoted two new partners; Lorna Trueman in commercial litigation and Jonathan Gilbert in defendant insurance.
  • Higgs & Sons has appointed Paul Barker, a commercial property litigation specialist, as a partner.
  • Anthony Collins Solicitors has welcomed partner Jon Coane to its funding team.
  • Squire Patton Boggs has welcomed corporate partner Andrew Glaze to the firm.
  • Lodders has welcomed property partner James Spreckley.
  • Gunner Cooke has appointed Simon Tomlinson as a partner in the real estate and construction team.
  • Lanyon Bowdler has welcomed consultant and head of planning David Brammer.
  • Mills & Reeve has welcomed the following to the private client team; Keith Dudley as a consultant, Sarah Wood as a principal associate and Lucy Cooling and Stephen Atkinson as senior associates.
  • Geldards has appointed associate Anish Raja to the retail property team.
  • Stallard March & Edwards has appointed solicitor Tim Pimblett to the firm’s commercial property department.
  • Brethertons has appointed Sally Jones as the firm’s first chief operating officer.
  • Bowcock & Pursaill has welcomed Philip Taylor as a consultant in the commercial property team.
  • Lupton Fawcett Denison Till has appointed associate Amanda Simmonds to its private client team in Leeds.
  • Leathes Prior has promoted Tessa Bonser, a member of the firm’s wills, trusts and probate team, to associate.
  • Corporate and commercial solicitor Marija Markovic has joined Leathes Prior.
  • Henmans Freeth has appointed two solicitors. Tom Burgess joins the family law department and Oliver Neil, who joins the corporate & commercial department.
  • Jennifer Woods has joined Hatchers Solicitors as a solicitor in the dispute resolution team.
  • Nottingham firm Fraser Brown has expanded with the appointment of a new solicitor, Sally Noon.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed associate Rebekah Finch to its dispute resolution and compliance team.
  • Jessica Townsend has joined Henmans Freeth as a business development and marketing assistant.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed partner Andrew Brennan to its intellectual property team.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed Philip Heath as a partner.
  • Gateley has promoted James Madill, a retail and corporate occupier specialist, to partner in the real estate team.
  • Caroline Elliott has relocated to the Leicester office of Nelsons Solicitors’ to head up its family team.
  • Birketts has promoted five senior associates to partner; Greg Allan in the corporate finance and banking team, Oliver Crichton in commercial property, Tom Newcombe in the planning team, Lorna Spear in the private client team and Ruth Sunaway in the construction team.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has welcomed Charles Harrison as an associate solicitor in its construction and engineering team. The firm has also announced the promotion of Jennifer Staples to associate.
  • Rosalind Andrews has joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys as a planning associate.
  • Julie Newell has joined Veale Wasbrough Vizards as a senior associate in the real estate team.
  • Nelsons has appointed James Beat as an associate in the dispute resolution team.
  • Martin Kaye Solicitors has appointed Kam Sodhi as a property lawyer.
  • Spearing Waite LLP has recruited commercial property specialist Craig Mitchell as a consultant.
  • Steeles Law has promoted two associates. Amy Taylor, a solicitor specialising in wills and probate and Lindsey Crockett, a commercial solicitor.
  • Spire Solicitors has appointed Sharron Tennant as head of the residential property team.
  • Rebecca Johnstone, Michaela Howe and Charlotte Ribbons have all qualified at Spire Solicitors.
  • Richard Lane has joined Thomson Webb & Corfield as a senior solicitor in the wills, probate, tax & trusts team.
  • Steeles Law has promoted Gemma Hoskins, marketing manager, to associate.

June

  • Kathy Toon has been appointed as a partner in the real estate team at Shoosmiths. Ellis Gardner-Browne has also been appointed as a retail partner.
  • DLA Piper has appointed Gareth Stokes as a partner in the intellectual property and technology department.
  • Mfg Solicitors has promoted the following new partners; Gary Priest in private client, Andrew Davies in residential conveyancing and Katherine Tippetts in family.
  • Kennedys has promoted Amanda Mead to partner in the clinical negligence team.
  • Mills & Reeve has promoted Natalie Wade to partner in the commercial health team.
  • Jayne Hussey has been welcomed at Mills & Reeve as a partner in the commercial department.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed Fiona Hayles as a partner in the banking and finance practice. Rebecca Leask has also been promoted to partner in the health and social care team.
  • Howes Percival has promoted the following to partner; Dan Banton in corporate, Stuart Burns in commercial property and Joanna Nicholls and Amy Walpole in family law.
  • Geldards has appointed Heather Dixon as a partner in its real estate team.
  • Esther Stirling has been promoted to partner in the dispute resolution department at Henmans Freeth.
  • Gotelee Solicitors has promoted Diana Infanti as a partner in medical negligence claims and Marie Allen as a partner in the employment team.
  • Anthony Collins Solicitors has welcomed Chris Whittington as head of education. Donna Holmes and David Alcock have also been promoted to partner.
  • Toby Preston has been appointed at Bray & Bray as a partner in the corporate and commercial department. Amanda Sutcliffe has also been promoted to partner in the residential property team.
  • Jonathan Fuggle has been welcomed as a partner in the clinical negligence department at Browne Jacobson.
  • Flint Bishop has implemented a new management structure. Andrew Cochrane takes over as senior partner, Qamer Ghafoor as managing partner for commercial services and Ian Beardmore as managing partner for private client services.
  • George Green has promoted Alex-Jayne Low to partner in the commercial property department.
  • Harry Smith and Andrew Hornsby have been welcomed as partners at Hegarty.
  • Hewitsons has appointed Clare Colacicchi as senior partner in the private client department.
  • Brian Evans, partner at Lanyon Bowdler, has been appointed head of agriculture.
  • Ann-Marie Bowman has been appointed as managing partner at Rothera Dowson.
  • Rebecca Emeleus has been promoted to partner at Sharp Young & Pearce.
  • Ansons has promoted the following to partner; Andrew Johnson in finance and practice manager, Julie Tomasik in residential conveyancing and Neil Jones in corporate and commercial. The firm has launched a dedicated dispute resolution service for businesses from its office in Lichfield. Jagdip Bains has moved to the Cannock office to spearhead the new service.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has welcomed solicitor advocate Gavin Dowell to the property litigation team.
  • Stephanie Metcalfe-Mason has been welcomed at Ashton KCJ as a solicitor in the agriculture team. Francesca Easter has also been appointed as a solicitor in the family team.
  • Sarah Duffy has been promoted to director in the agricultural and rural property team at Henmans Freeth. Andrew Dashwood-Begg has also been promoted to associate in the dispute resolution department.
  • Anthony Collins Solicitors has promoted Gemma Bell, Rajinder Bhangal and Charlotte Measures to senior associate and David Evison to associate.
  • Bridge McFarland has appointed Jo Wright as a legal executive in the employment team.
  • Browne Jacobson has welcomed Marcus Pyke as an associate in the banking team.
  • BP Collins has promoted Simon Carroll to senior associate in the litigation and dispute resolution team.
  • Howes Percival has promoted Justine Flack to director specialising in family law. The firm has also promoted the following to associate; Katherine Brown in corporate, Katharine Danks in agricultural law, Jay Mehta in planning
  • Leathes Prior Solicitors has promoted Craig Farr to director of finance and administration and Sarah Appleton, Simon Willis and Jill Wheeler to associates.
  • Lodders has welcomed Victoria Longmore as an associate in the real estate team.
  • Cleggs has appointed Emma Tegerdine as an associate in the employment team.
  • Adam Gilbert has been appointed at Else Solicitors to lead the corporate and commercial team. Samantha Cotter has also been appointed as head of the employment team.
  • Alsters Kelley has welcomed Helen Morton as a solicitor in the family team.
  • Jo Wild has been promoted to associate at Hegarty.
  • Zo Hoida has been welcomed as a partner at Weightmans. It has also been announced that Richard Osborn has also taken over the office in Leicester.
  • Veale Wasbrough Vizards has welcomed Clive Read as a partner in the real estate team. Ben Holt has also been welcomed as a partner in the commercial litigation team.
  • Russell Hill has been welcomed as a partner in banking and restructuring at Squire Patton Boggs.
  • Jas Singh has been appointed as a partner in the corporate department at CMHT Solicitors.
  • Geldards has appointed Tiffany Cloynes as a partner in the public services team.
  • Tracy Creed has been promoted at Sydney Mitchell as partner in the private client team.
  • The Cheltenham office of Lodders has acquired family law practice Jordans Solicitors. Barbara Jordan joins the firm as a partner as well as Maitland Walker, Nick Rowe and Steve Thomas.
  • Patrick Mulcare has been promoted as a partner in the family department at Spratt Endicott.
  • Desley Sherwin has been welcomed at Chattertons as a partner in the dispute resolution and employment teams.
  • DAC Beachcroft has announced that Craig Dickson has been appointed CEO of its Claims Solutions Group.
  • Victoria Blankstone has been appointed as a solicitor in the medical negligence team at Shoosmiths Access Legal.
  • Beverley Brewer has been welcomed as a chartered legal executive at Medical Accident Group.
  • Tollers LLP has welcomed Dr Darren Conway as a senior associate in the clinical negligence team.
  • Roythornes has promoted Nadine Wealands to associate in the private client team.
  • Thursfields has appointed Claire Cooper as an associate solicitor and Emma Hughes as a legal assistant.
  • Spratt Endicott has promoted Petra Van Dijkand Tom McInerney to associate.
  • Rupert Croft has launched Croft Solicitors in Cheltenham. Gaynor Hall, Laura Nelson, Jonathan Kenwright, Lindsey Hill Edward Hazzan and Eleanor Burden have been welcomed to the firm.
  • Pav Clair has been welcomed as a solicitor in the employment department at Thomas Guise.
  • Nick Robertshaw has been welcomed as a family solicitor at Chattertons.

May

  • Sally Ashford has been promoted to partner in the private client team at Charles Russell Speechlys. Jonathan Morley has also been promoted to partner in the corporate finance department.
  • Eversheds has promoted the following to partner; Louise Finnie in company commercial, Dawn Hilton in real estate and Nicola Lashmar and Rich Lloyd in litigation & dispute management.
  • Wragge Lawrence Graham has promoted the following to partner; Richard Beckingsale, Nisha Jassal, Andrew Nugent Smith, Thomas Price and Helen Emmerson.
  • Irwin Mitchell has promoted Liz Tetzner as a partner in the personal injury department.
  • Howes Percival has launched a commercial property team in Cambridge. The team will be led by partner Jonathan Greenhalgh.
  • Dentons has promoted Akin Akinbode to partner in the resolution team.
  • Claire Thompson has been promoted to partner in the employment and immigration department at Harrison Clark Rickerbys. Mary Wathen has also been promoted to partner in the agriculture and rural affairs team.
  • Sian Scanlon has been promoted to partner at Taylor Vinters.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has established a family law team in the Birmingham office which includes associate solicitor Anna Taylor.
  • Stephen McElhone has been promoted to partner at Spearing Waite.
  • A new firm, Claric Legal Services, has been launched at the Coventry University technology Park by Richard Jenkins.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has established a family law team in the Birmingham office which includes partners Lucy Barr and Kevin Harris-James. Paul Wooton has also joined the firm as a partner and head of planning.
  • Shoosmiths has promoted the following to senior associate; Simon McArdle in commercial, Barbara McGreal, Helen Andrews, Paul Scott, Helen Parrott and Sophie Wilkinson in real estate and Michael Briggs in the commercial department.
  • Howes Percival has launched a commercial property team in Cambridge. The new team will include Will Stokes, director, Helen Stewart, associate and Daniel Thomas, solicitor. The team will be led by Jonathan Greenhalgh.
  • Just Costs Solicitors has appointed Dominic Swallow as an associate.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has promoted Rachel Roberts as a senior associate and Oliver Daniels as an associate.
  • Howes Percival has welcomed Philippa Hebbardas a director.
  • Stone King has promoted Kate Grimley Evans to associate in the education team.
  • Taylor Vinters has promoted Chris Keen in technology, Nick Palmer in corporate and Kim Wedral-Rooke in employment to senior associates. Meanwhile, Natasha Bowyer, Keven Fehmi, Louise Moore, Beth Price and Sabrina Richards are all newly qualified associates.
  • Talbots Solicitors, a QualitySolicitors firm, has promoted James Gwilliams and Louise Jones as management directors.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has promoted Amandeep Haletto associate in the employment and
    immigration department.

April

  • DAC Beachcroft has promoted Jonathan Bingham as a partner in the claims solution group.
  • Ashley Norman has been welcomed as a partner in the employment law practice at Bevan Brittan.
  • Weightmans has promoted Navdip Wilson to partner in disputes.
  • Ellis Gardner-Browne has been appointed as a partner in the retail property team at Shoosmiths.
  • FBC Manby Bowdler has developed a specialist community care team, headed by partner and head of the private client department Julie Burn and includes solicitor Michelle Monnes-Thomas.
  • Nelsons has acquired Derby-based Moody & Woolley. Senior partner Julie Marson and equity partner Ian Griffiths are retiring from Moody & Woolley but will remain as consultants during the transition.
  • Prettys Solicitors has announced that Paul Dickie is to step down as chief executive of the firm, but will remain as senior partner. Ian Carr has been welcomed as the interim chief executive.
  • Marie Dancer has been promoted to managing partner at Richard Nelson.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed the following as new partners; Richard Freeth in education, Emma
    Hopkinson in banking, Mike Jackson in corporate, Lisa McGinn in property and Tim Rayner in property litigation.
  • Ed Savory, partner and head of the franchising team at Leathes Prior, has received his qualified franchise professional status.
  • Borneo Martell Turner Coulston has merged with Christopher Cox Solicitors and Commercial Mediators. Christopher Cox and Saranjit Minhas join the merged firm.
  • Mark Moseley has been promoted to partner at Band Hatton Button.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed Michael Sadler as a partner in the construction and engineering team. Lucy Worwood has also been appointed as a partner in the tax department.
  • David Dixon has been promoted to partner in the real estate department at Andrew Jackson.
  • Christina Yardley has been promoted to director at Actons.
  • Gursharan Bunger and Dawn White have been promoted to associate director in the wills, tax planning, trusts and powers of attorney department at DBS Law.
  • BLM has appointed Stephen Moss as an associate.
  • Elizabeth Gwinnell and Suki Thumber have been welcomed as consultants in the crime department at Duncan Lewis.
  • Henmans Freeth has appointed Charlotte Rigby, Hazel Eccles, Laura Hodgson and Matthew Bacon as new lawyers.
  • Samantha Haller-Evans has been appointed in the employment team at mfg Solicitors.
  • Band Hatton Button has promoted Sarah Avern to associate, head of residential property.
  • Victoria Mitman, a solicitor at Leathes Prior, has received her qualified franchise professional status.
  • Lauren Jodrell has been appointed as a solicitor in the family and divorce team at Grindleys LLP. Jagdeep Kitaure-Kandola has also been appointed as a solicitor in the commercial property team.
  • Andrew Jackson has welcomed Sally Price as a paralegal in the private client team.
  • Alsters Kelley has appointed Joanne Herbert as an associate and head of commercial and residential property.
  • Justine Tyas has been promoted to associate in the personal injury team at Actons.
  • Family solicitor Antonia Gardner is now running the Nottingham operation of Everyman Legal.
  • The Smith Partnership has announced that chartered legal executive Sue Roe has recently been accredited as a family mediator by the Law Society.
  • Eleanor Robinson has been appointed as a solicitor in the wills, probate and trusts department at Rothera Dowson.
  • Victoria Dodge has been appointed as a newly qualified solicitor in the personal injury department at Sharp Young & Pearce after qualifying with the firm.
  • Blavo & Co has promoted Syma Rushd and Michelle Guest to associate partners.
  • Ben Acheson has been welcomed as a real estate partner at Irwin Mitchell.
  • David Roy has been appointed at Shakespeares as a partner and head of business defense.
  • Knights LLP has promoted the following to partner; real estate lawyer Helene Maillet-Vioud, commercial specialists Becky Shenton and Lisa Bridgwood and litigation and insolvency specialist David Convey.
  • Gosschalks has welcomed Mark Reeves as head of the family law department.
  • James Hall has been appointed at Anthony Collins Solicitors as a senior associate in the private client team.
  • Bevan Brittan has appointed Tracey Davenport as head of business development.
  • Duncan Lewis has announced the appointment of childcare law specialist Tariq Ahmad to the Law Society Children’s Panel.
  • Stephanie Bridgman has qualified into the employment team at Greenwoods Solicitors LLP.
  • CBTC Rawstorne has appointed Vicky Thomas as head of residential conveyancing.
  • Leathes Prior has welcomed newly-qualified Cara Keen to the commercial property team.
  • Ross Pierrepont has been appointed as a solicitor in the commercial litigation department at Rothera Dowson. Sarah Soo has also been appointed to the wills and probate department.
  • Veronica Du’Quesnay has been welcomed as head of residential conveyancing at Kerwoods Solicitors.
  • Tim Reid has been welcomed at Withy King as an associate.
  • Chris Hubbard has been welcomed as a member of the commercial team at Bridge McFarland.
  • Qarrar Somji, of Borneo Martell Turner Coulston, has been admitted as a solicitor advocate.
  • Ellisons has joined forces with financial advisors Matthew Douglas Ltd to launch Ellisons Financial Planning.
  • Graysons has welcomed Nicola Holland to the family law team.
  • Claire O’Brien has been welcomed as national head of intellectual property litigation at Mills & Reeve.
  • Caroline Hayward, Robin Creek and Gurpreet Sanghera have been promoted to principals at emw law.
  • Danielle Cafferkey has been welcomed back to Nelsons after first working there as a paralegal 16 years ago.
  • Medical Accident Group, the sister company of Harrison Clark Rickerbys, has welcomed chartered legal executive Beverley Brewer and Paralegals Eve Loughrey and Nathalie Needham. Matthew Holman and Marco Mauro have also been promoted to associate.
  • Eleanor Deady has been welcomed as a commercial property solicitor at Thomas Guise.
  • Woodfines Solicitors has welcomed Josh Clark as a solicitor in the commercial property team. It has also welcomed Faiz Mohammed as a solicitor in the corporate and commercial department.

March

  • Birketts has appointed Roopa Ahluwalia as a senior associate in the family team and Deborah Marshall has been appointed as an associate in commercial property. Meanwhile, Adam Murphy, Amy Barnett, Naomi Tayler and Oliver Worth have been welcomed as solicitors.
  • Stephen Meredith, newly promoted partner, has been appointed to lead the new-look tax team at mfg Solicitors.
  • Marc Lazarus has been appointed as senior legal counsel in the commercial litigation team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys.
  • Katharine Danks, solicitor at Howes Percival, has been made a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.
  • Matthew Hayward has been appointed at Harrowells as an associate solicitor in the commercial property team.
  • Askews has welcomed Richard Murray as a consultant in the criminal department. The team comprises of Simon deMaid who leads the employment Law team, Dan Banton who will advise on corporate and commercial while Hannah Bordiss and Lucy Lord will handle commercial property. Satnam Chayra and Jane Bloomer will look after commercial/property litigation and Matthew Talbot will provide IP expertise. Family business and high net worth private client work will be handled by Stephanie Howe and Sharon Eyre.
  • Lodders has welcomed James Mottram and Anna Turnell as associates in the real estate team.
  • Ashton KCJ has expanded its Court of Protection team with the appointment of the following case workers; Laura Bonnington, Nicole Horne and Jodie Allen. Howard Bailey has also been welcomed as a solicitor in the commercial property team.
  • Barratts Solicitors has appointed Julie Hardy to the clinical negligence team as a partner.
  • Louise Benski has been appointed at Actons Solicitors as a solicitor in the employment team.
  • George Green has appointed Fiona Boxwell as a corporate solicitor and Sharon Rowley as a wills and probate legal executive.
  • Grindleys LLP has appointed Melanie Haywood as head of the wills, trusts and probate department.
  • Hewitsons has appointed Martyn Robinson and Venetia Phipps as solicitors in the charities and education team.
  • Birketts has welcomed Nick Pickersgill as a senior associate in the commercial property team.
  • Shoosmiths has welcomed Roger Potgieter as a partner in the asset and consumer finance team.
  • DLA Piper has welcomed Trevor Ivory as a partner in the real estate team.
  • Squire Patton Boggs has promoted Garon Anthony as a partner in the litigation team and Roy Grist as a partner in the financial services team.
  • Shoosmiths has welcomed Charlotte Healey as a solicitor in the asset finance team.
  • Veale Wasbrough Vizards has appointed Adrian Watson as a solicitor of its real estate team.
  • Browne Jacobson has promoted a number of new associates. In the Nottingham office they are; Katie Michelon in education, Oliver Laing in commercial, Vicky Gaskell in corporate, Adam Edwards in financial and professional risk, Emma Taylor and Jamie Key in commercial dispute resolution, Carl May-Smith in administrative law, Ceri-Sian Williams in technology claims and social care and Laurinda Bower and Damian Whitlam in health. In Birmingham they are Emily Godson in commercial health and Gemma Steele in employment.
  • Janna Pugh has been welcomed at mfg Solicitors as a solicitor in the private client department.
  • Halborns has welcomed Stefan Mars as a senior associate in the employment department.
  • Roythornes has announced that solicitor Abbie Shipman has become accredited by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
  • Steeles Law has appointed Ruth Pyatt as a solicitor in the wills, probate and tax team.
  • Terry Jones Solicitors has promoted Sarah Reynolds and Bethan Davies to associates in the family team.
  • Buckles Solicitors LLP has appointed Karen Hargrave as senior associate in the construction team.

February

  • Rhian Vandrill has been appointed as a partner in the health and care team at Mills & Reeve.
  • Browne Jacobson has re-appointed Iain Blatherwick as managing partner for a further three year term. Tom Armstrong has also been appointed as a partner in the health team.
  • Shakespeares has appointed Aye Limbin Glassey as a partner in the employment team.
  • Wright Hassall has promoted the following to partner; Steve Halkett in corporate finance, Dawn Reynolds in property dispute and Barry Sankey in commercial property.
  • Philip Chapman has been promoted to partner at Wall James Chappell.
  • Symes Bains Broomer has announced a strategic conveyancing partnership with Fitzalan Partners.
  • Taylor Rose Law has opened a new office in Market Harborough which will offer property and employment law advice. The office will be led by Melanie Jones and the employment team will be overseen by Luke Hutchings.
  • Gemma Turton has been appointed as a partner in the commercial team at Maples Solicitors
  • Amy Keogh has been welcomed at Irwin Mitchell as a solicitor in restructuring and insolvency.
  • Camini Kumar has been welcomed at Penningtons Manches as a barrister in the family team.
  • Trowers & Hamlins has retained James Ignotus as a solicitor in contentious construction after qualifying in March 2015.
  • Paul Mountain has been welcomed as a consultant in the commercial property team at mfg Solicitors.
  • Sarah Wood has been promoted to senior associate and Michael Brown to associate at SGH Martineau LLP. Sarah Nash has also been welcomed as a senior associate in the private client team.
  • Rachel Ashwood has been appointed as a senior associate in the employment team at Taylor Vinters. Satinder Mander has also been welcomed as an associate in the commercial real estate team and Stephen Patch as a senior associate in the private client team.
  • Private client specialists Vicki Bennett and Liliana Mahon have been welcomed at Meridian Private Client LLP.
  • DBS Law has welcomed Sarah Venables as a solicitor in employment law.
  • Anne Lewis of Lanyon Bowdler has been certified as a member of the Law Society’s family law accreditation scheme.
  • Paragon Law has welcomed Stewart MacLachlan into the human rights team. Mark Lilley-Tams, head of the personal immigration department has been selected as an independent funding adjudicator of the Legal Aid Agency.
  • David Ellis has been welcomed as a solicitor in the litigation team at Wall James Chappell.

January

  • Simon Ellis has been welcomed as a partner in commercial litigation at Irwin Mitchell.
  • Knights LLP has appointed Sarah Denney-Richards as a partner specialising in agricultural and rural affairs.
  • Paul Wilson has been welcomed at Smart & Biggar after stepping down from chief executive at Shakespeares. Andy Raynor will become Shakespeares new chief executive.
  • Seamus Clifford has been promoted to managing partner at Ellisons.
  • Chloe Barker has been welcomed at DLA Piper as an associate.
  • Vangeya Mhone has been welcomed to the residential property team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys. Harry Bengough has also been appointed as an associate solicitor in the banking, restructuring and insolvency department.
  • Richard Brackenbury, Chris Chan and Kirstin Thompson have been welcomed at Fraser Brown as solicitors.
  • Birketts has welcomed Robert Tiffen as a senior associate in the litigation and dispute resolution team.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has welcomed David Ashcroft as a consultant.
  • Philip Pheasey has been appointed as a commercial solicitor at JMP Solicitors.
  • Vanessa Lewis has joined the trusts and estates department as a solicitor at Linder Myers. Alison McLachlan and Huw Dodd have also been welcomed as solicitors. Meanwhile, Stephanie Ewan has joined the residential conveyancing team as a paralegal.
  • Jennifer Farmer has been welcomed at Lanyon Bowdler as a solicitor on completion of her training contract.
  • Jonathon Rowley has qualified as a commercial property and regulatory solicitor at Ansons.
  • Pam Jackson has been welcomed as a residential property executive at Fraser Brown.
  • Lucky Mahal has been appointed as a conveyancing solicitor at Talbots Solicitors. Jagdeep Kitaure-Kandola has also been welcomed as a solicitor specialising in commercial and commercial property.
  • Jonathan Tyson has been welcomed at Knights LLP as a dental heath care solicitor.
  • Danielle Lister has been welcomed at Chattertons as an associate solicitor in employment law.
  • Gross & Co has appointed Amanda Barlow as a solicitor in the property department. Edward Jacobs has also been welcomed as a solicitor in the private client department.
  • Carla Gowing has been welcomed at Hatch Brenner as an employment solicitor.
  • Ellisons has welcomed Bernice Spurgeon as a legal executive in the personal injury department.
  • Irwin Mitchell has welcomed Stephen George as a restructuring and insolvency partner.
  • Shakespeares has welcomed Adrian Bland as head of commercial real estate.
  • Rob Hallott has been promoted to partner in the property team at Anthony Collins Solicitors.
  • Forum Law has ceased trading. The firm was founded by managing partner Jeff Zindani. The personal injury work of the firm previously transferred to Neil Hudgell Law.
  • Tina Chander has been welcomed as an associate in the employment team at Sydney Mitchell.
  • Jennifer Hicks-Jones has been welcomed at mfg Solicitors as an associate in the commercial property team.
  • Birketts has welcomed Terry O’Regan as a legal director in the shipping, logistics and international services team.
  • Peter Jackson has been appointed at Nelsons as an associate in the commercial property team.
  • Lubna Laheria has been welcomed as an employment solicitor at Martin Kaye Solicitors.
  • Stephen Outhwaite has been appointed as head of matrimonial services at Thomas Horton LLP.
  • Rothera Dowson has welcomed Kathryn Simpson as head of residential conveyancing.
  • Lanyon Bowdler has appointed Loretta Astonto lead the conveyancing team. Gosia Bronisz-Handley will also support Loretta in the role.

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