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2016 – North West

December

  • LHS Solicitors LLP has appointed Andrea James as a partner in its regulatory team.
  • DAC Beachcroft has appointed residential development expert Leanne Murray.
  • Horwich Farrelly has appointed Thomas Reynard ACA as its chief operating officer.
  • Kirwans Solicitors has appointed newly-qualified solicitor Sarah Platt to its family team.
  • Stephensons has welcomed solicitor Paul Davies to the firm.
  • Brown Turner Ross has expanded its property department with the appointment of two solicitors.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed employment partner Alan Lewis to the firm.
  • Slater & Gordon has expanded its family law team with the appointment of partners Chris Fairhurst and Paul Webb. Fairhurst specialises in finance and complex child work while Webb focuses on private and public child law.
  • Berg has appointed Chris McDuff and Daniel Brumpton as partners. McDuff specialises in insolvency and commercial litigation, while Brumpton is a specialist in claimant professional negligence.
  • Andrew Newbury has joined Hall Brown Family Law as a partner.
  • Matthew Wedderburn has joined Knights LLP as a senior associate in the planning team.

November

  • Eversheds has recruited Andy Phillips to its corporate team.
  • Knights Professional Services Limited has acquired a team of ten litigation and debt recovery specialists, including partners John Lord, David White and Joanne Gardner-Boyes.
  • Horwich Farrelly, the specialist insurance industry law firm, has appointed Mark Dickson as a new defendant partner.
  • DWF has appointed Linda Avan as an intelligence consultant in the national counter fraud team. Also joining the firm is Jonathan Badrock as the firm’s new automation and technology solutions manager.
  • Bermans has appointed Joanne Culley as a senior associate in the insolvency team.
  • Excello Law has welcomed senior corporate lawyer Ian Vicary.
  • Stephensons has appointed Catherine Powell as finance director.
  • Kennedys has appointed a five-lawyer team including partner Gordon Davidson. The team handles pre-litigation and litigated motor and casualty claims for insurers, transport companies, food manufacturers and local authorities.
  • JMW Solicitors has made a number of appointments to its family team including Cara Nuttall.
  • Slater and Gordon have launched a national team specialising in cases involving children. The new team will be led by Nick Hodson.
  • Russell & Russell has promoted two members of its property department to partner. Alex Walsh heads up the commercial property department. Richard Querelle joined the conveyancing department.
  • Kennedys has appointed senior associate Robert Ashurst, and solicitors Christopher Abbott, Andrew Jones and Sophie McDonnell. The team handles pre-litigation and litigated motor and casualty claims for insurers, transport companies, food manufacturers and local authorities.
  • DLA Piper has appointed Robin Jack as a senior associate in its construction, engineering & infrastructure disputes team.
  • Napthens has welcomed five new starters to its residential property team. Solicitor Kyla Murphy and conveyancing executives Alex Colton, Adam Bradshaw, Kate Hopkins, and Carly Smith all join the team.
  • Dominic McGinn, a sports law and commercial dispute resolution specialist, has joined Hillyer McKeown.
  • JMW solicitors has made a number of appointments to its family team including Katie Lowe and Francesca Norris. Meanwhile, Jenny Arnold has joined the team as an associate.
  • Newly qualified solicitors Rebecca Meehan and Ceri Jones have joined the family department at Russell & Russell. Meanwhile, Rachel Kelly has joined the wills and probate team.
  • Oglethorpe Sturton Gillibrand has appointed Suzanne Nickson as a member of the commercial property team.
  • Clear Law Group has made a number of senior appointments. Rakhi Chohan joins the road traffic accidents team. Shahida Choudhury and Michael Blair join the serious injury team. Meanwhile, Danielle Whalley will head the medical negligence team.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed Richard Hepworth as a partner in the corporate practice.
  • Family law specialist Beth Wilkins has been appointed as a partner at Hall Brown Family Law.
  • Slater and Gordon has added two lawyers to its dispute resolution team; Nick Gee and Abigail Beards-Jones.
  • Davis Blank Furniss has appointed Caroline Bilous as a senior solicitor in the family team.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed solicitor Laura Pointon to its employment and recruitment team.
  • Napthens has appointed Sharon Walker as debt recovery manager.
  • Kuits has announced three new appointments to its litigation team. Catherine Gritt, who has extensive experience in all areas of property litigation. Phillip Warburton joins as an associate. Siôn Fôn joins the team as a newly qualified solicitor.
  • Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall has appointed Paul Matthews as head of its corporate and commercial team.
  • Fletchers Solicitors has appointed Alexandra Hatchman as a non-executive director to its board.

October

  • Weightmans LLP has appointed partner James Rowley to the healthcare team.
  • Hill Dickinson has made a number of appointments in its property team. Darren Hamer has joined as a partner and will be working with investors dealing with all their requirements across their real estate portfolios.
  • Knights Professional Services Limited has appointed Tim Scott, a corporate finance specialist, as a partner.
  • Ian Lewis and Graham Small, both senior partners, have joined JMW solicitors. Lewis joins the business crime & regulatory team and Small joins the commercial litigation team.
  • HRC Law has appointed Richard Life as a corporate and commercial partner.
  • Richard Da Roza has been appointed an associate at Hill Dickinson.
  • Aaron & Partners has announced two new appointments. Joshua Simpson has joined the real estate team as a specialist in residential property law; whilst Rachel Lillie joins the wills, trusts and tax department.
  • Specialist divorce lawyer, Caroline Jones, has joined Morecrofts Solicitors.
  • Chafes has appointed Michael Legge as a commercial property solicitor.
  • Davis Blank Furniss has appointed Caroline Bilous as a senior solicitor in its family team. Caroline will be based at the firm’s headquarters in Manchester but will also handle cases out of its Glossop office.
  • Lindsay Yateman, a senior family lawyer, has joined Excello Law.

September

  • LHS Solicitors LLP has appointed Andrea James as a partner in its regulatory team.
  • DAC Beachcroft has appointed residential development expert Leanne Murray.
  • Horwich Farrelly has appointed Thomas Reynard ACA as its chief operating officer.
  • Kirwans Solicitors has appointed newly-qualified solicitor Sarah Platt to its family team.
  • Stephensons has welcomed solicitor Paul Davies to the firm.
  • Brown Turner Ross has expanded its property department with the appointment of two solicitors.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed employment partner Alan Lewis to the firm.
  • Slater & Gordon has expanded its family law team with the appointment of partners Chris Fairhurst and Paul Webb. Fairhurst specialises in finance and complex child work while Webb focuses on private and public child law.
  • Berg has appointed Chris McDuff and Daniel Brumpton as partners. McDuff specialises in insolvency and commercial litigation, while Brumpton is a specialist in claimant professional negligence.
  • Andrew Newbury has joined Hall Brown Family Law as a partner.
  • Matthew Wedderburn has joined Knights LLP as a senior associate in the planning team.

August

  • Myerson solicitors have appointed Mark Gillies as a partner in its commercial property department.
  • Established rural laywer, Robin Beckley, has joined Willans as a partner in charge of the agriculture & estates department. He advises on all aspects of agricultural law.
  • JMW solicitors have purchased the catastrophic injury practice of Cassell Moore. Paul Breen, previously head of catastrophic injury in the personal injury team has transferred to JMW, together with solicitor Natalie Clarke.
  • Caroline Pinney and Alex Sealy have both joined the private client team at Slater Heelis. Pinney specialises in wills, trusts & probate and Sealy’s areas of expertise are lifetime tax planning and wills and trusts.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed Pamela Wilson as a consultant in its private client practice. They have also welcomed dental market specialist Nicola Lomas as a senior associate in its healthcare practice.
  • Forbes solicitors has appointed Matthew Jones as an associate in the commercial team, he focuses on commercial property matters.
  • Jackson Canter has appointed Amy Bell as its head of compliance and training.
  • KBL Solicitors has appointed Maria Lonergan as head of the private client department. She specialises in wills, trusts, tax, and estate planning, probate and estate administration.
  • Alex Irwin has joined Hillyer McKeown’s as a new commercial debt manager.

July

  • Eversheds has recruited Mark Hammerton as an employment partner.
  • Forbes Solicitors has appointed Daniel King as its new managing partner in succession to Winston Hood.
  • Hill Dickinson has expanded its family law practice with the appointment of Sarah McCarthy as a chartered legal executive.
  • Clough & Willis has welcomed licensed conveyancer Susan Trudgeon to the firm.
  • Farleys Solicitors has appointed Kelly Darlington to associate partner and head of inquests.
  • Squire Patton Boggs has announced the appointment of pensions partner Elizabeth Graham.
  • Ernst & Young (EY) has confirmed the appointment of Paul Devitt and Richard Thomas as partners in the Manchester office where they will lead the legal practice.
  • KPMG has promoted Nick Roome to UK head of legal services.
  • SAS Daniels has announced the appointment of partners Andy Booth and Chris MacCafferty as joint heads of its Stockport office.
  • Chafes Solicitors has promoted three new partners: Gail Carberry is head of residential conveyancing; Rick Bunch has worked for the firm for five years and is a member of the tax, trusts and estates department; and Sarah Waddington is head of investment property and specialises in investment property transactions.
  • Blackstone Solicitors has appointed Michelle Rothburn as a commercial property partner.
  • Jennifer Hankinson has joined the housing and regeneration team at Forbes Solicitors.
  • Whitestone Solicitors has appointed Margaret Bailey-Tsavalas as head of its clinical negligence and catastrophic injury department.
  • Chafes Solicitors has appointed Seema McWilliam as a commercial property solicitor.

May

  • DAC Beachcroft has welcomed partner Martin Paxton. Paxton is a professional indemnity specialist and joins the professional and commercial risk team.
  • Clarke Willmott has appointed John Flint as a partner and head of the North West dispute resolution team.
  • JMW solicitors has welcomed commercial litigation partner Michael Kennedy.
  • Napthens has appointed Kate Mallaband as a commercial property partner.
  • Gateley plc has announced that Richard Cowan is joining the firm’s banking and finance team as a senior associate.
  • Oglethorpe Sturton Gillibrand has welcomed newly-qualified Charlotte Russell to the firm on the successful completion of her training contract. She joins the property team.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed real estate specialist Roy Beckett as its regional managing partner.
  • Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of four new partners in its real estate team; Barbara Rollin, Daniel Hargreaves, Richard Outhwaite and Russell Davidson.
  • Aaron & Partners has announced that Mark Briegal has been appointed to the executive board.
  • Horwich Farrelly Solicitors has appointed Tony McLoughlin and Alistair Graham as partners.
  • Napthens has appointed construction and engineering senior associate Leigh Child.
  • Hannah Bibby has joined Kirwans Solicitors as a legal clerk.
  • Harrison Drury LLP has appointed three new solicitors to its property and litigation teams; Allan Sumner, Mike Fetherstone and David Barnes.
  • Baines Wilson has appointed Hannah Bradley as a solicitor in the dispute resolution and litigation department.
  • Social housing specialist Sarah Mansfield has joined the specialist housing team at Forbes Solicitors.
  • KBL Solicitors has appointed Charlotte Beck as head of divorce & family law.
  • Conveyancing solicitor Jennifer McPhee has been appointed to the residential property team at Vincents Solicitors.
  • Freeths has appointed Simon Ellis as a director in the litigation team.
  • Forbes Solicitors has appointed solicitor Adrienne Baker to their family law department.
  • Land Law LLP has appointed Patricia Mellody as a senior litigation solicitor.
  • Greg Gardner-Boyes has joined KBL as a consultant.
  • TLT has appointed Jason Cropper as a regulatory partner.
  • Solicitor Deborah Turner has joined the commercial property team at Napthens.
  • DTM Legal LLP has appointed Guy Thomas as an associate in its construction team.
  • Trowers & Hamlins has announced that Lynn James will return to the firm as a partner in the property litigation and disputes resolution team.
  • Daniel Walker has joined MLP Law as a legal director and head of employment law.

April

  • Pannone Corporate has expanded its real estate team with the appointment of partner James Wynne. He has extensive experience in advising high profile clients operating in logistics, leisure, industrial and student accommodation sectors.
  • Simpson Millar has appointed former Fentons and Slater & Gordon partner Rose Gibson as a partner in its specialist multi-track personal injury practice.
  • Hibberts LLP has announced that Edward Nutting has become a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.
  • Pannone Corporate has expanded its real estate team with the appointment of associate solicitor Gareth Birch.
  • Corporate and commercial law specialist James Pressley has joined Kirwans Solicitors. He is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, business insolvency and advising on shareholder and partnership arrangements.
  • Amy Richardson has qualified into the commercial department at Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors.
  • Jolliffe & Co has appointed Daniel Jones as an associate and head of family law.
  • Kuits has recruited Anne-Marie Coles to its corporate and commercial team from Fieldings Porter where she trained and worked as a newly-qualified solicitor.
  • Fieldings Porter has appointed Victoria Thompson to its criminal team. The firm has also announced that Stephanie Peppin-Daly has qualified as a solicitor after completing a period of recognised training.
  • Hibberts LLP has announced that John Gibbons has become a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.

March

  • Ward Hadaway has appointed Stephen Robinson as an employment partner.
  • Berg has appointed Ruth McCarthy as partner, real estate and property finance.
  • Mark Barker has joined Squire Patton Boggs as a real estate partner.
  • Blackstone Solicitors has welcomed solicitor Alison Barnett to lead its new family department. Barnett has extensive experience in family law.
  • Harrison Drury LLP has appointed Helen Darbyshire as a human resource adviser.
  • Freeths has appointed Mark Christie as a solicitor in the construction team.
  • Jackson Canter has expanded with the appointment of family solicitor Tazim Ahmedabadi. The firm has also appointed Darren Carter as business development manager.
  • Hugh Jones Solicitors has appointed solicitor David Jones to its Court of Protection team. He has experience in lasting powers of attorney, will drafting, probate and establishing personal injury trusts.
  • Blackhurst Budd has promoted Craig Aikman to property director.
  • Napthens has promoted Marc Appleton to partner in its commercial property team.
  • Aaron & Partners has strengthened its dispute resolution and insolvency team with the appointment of Mark Davies as a partner in its Chester office.
  • Slater Heelis has appointed Zara Banday as a partner in its residential property team.
  • Bik-ki Irving and Helen Thompson have joined Myerson from SAS Daniels.
  • Hill Dickinson has appointed Tricia Morrison as a legal director in its construction team.
  • DWF has appointed Chris Stefani as its new chief financial officer.
  • Eversheds has announced that two pensions associates are set to join the firm in Manchester from Squire Patton Boggs, along with partner Charmian Johnson. Hele May and Amanda Small will join as principal associates.
  • Napthens has promoted Stephen Bell to senior associate solicitor in its commercial property team
  • Oldham firm Wrigley Claydon has appointed Soibilate Iketubosin as an assistant solicitor in its commercial department.
  • McHale & Co has announced that solicitor Philippa Wright, head of the firm’s wills and probate team, has achieved full membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
  • Your Legal Friend has appointed Dominic Timmons as its new head of compliance
  • Kuits has appointed Wendi Bussin as a specialist regulatory and business crime consultant.

February

  • SAS Daniels has announced the appointment of five new property solicitors including Neil Powell, who joins the commercial property team as a partner.
  • Napthens has expanded with the acquisition of Richard Jacklin & Co.
  • Berg has appointed former banker Philip Pinder as a banking consultant.
  • Aileen Bromilow has joined the HR & Business division at Morecrofts.
  • Turner Parkinson has appointed Oliver Connolly as its new business development director.
  • DWF has appointed Rehman Noormohamed as a partner.
  • Clarke Willmott has expanded its commercial property team with the appointment of Mark Niven as a partner.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed Vaqas Farooq, head of real estate for the firm.
  • TLT has appointed Paul Crighton as a banking partner.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed Peter Barlow as a partner in the housing and regeneration team.
  • Gorvins solicitors has made two appointments in the commercial property department. Claire Beaumont joins the firm as a partner.
  • Athena Law has appointed a new corporate partner, Donna Powell.
  • DWF has expanded its insurance practice with the appointment of Miles Hepworth,
  • Napthens has appointed Carley Kerrs-Walton as a solicitor in the employment and HR team.
  • Harrison Drury LLP has expanded its property and construction team as Philip Wright and Daniel Boulton join the team.
  • Hilary Meredith Solicitors has launched a new family law department and has appointed solicitor Paul Reay to lead the new team.
  • Linder Myers Solicitors has appointed Kerry Blackhurst as an associate solicitor in the health and social care team.
  • Hugh Jones Solicitors has welcomed solicitors Tania McGrory and Charlotte Pisuto to its private client team.
  • Baines Wilson has appointed solicitors Eleanor James and Stephanie Bradley on the completion of their training contracts with the firm. James joins the corporate and commercial department while Bradley joins the commercial property team.
  • Burnetts solicitors has welcomed Melissa McManus McManus is a corporate and commercial solicitor.
  • Hugh Joseph solicitors has appointed Jo Handler as its new head of employment.
  • Mick Gorrill and David Cook have joined the cyber and date protection practice at PwCLegal.
  • James Farrell has qualified as a solicitor at Harold Stock & Co and joins the commercial team where he focuses on commercial and corporate law.
  • Berg has appointed Richard Clark as managing director.
  • Forbes solicitors has appointed Sabrina Patel as a solicitor in the housing and regeneration department.

January

  • Weightmans has appointed Jane Marshall as a partner in the employment, pensions and immigration team.
  • Gunnercooke has appointed Jill Parker as a banking partner. Three other partners have joined the firm’s office; they are Marlene Hession and Melloney Guiver who are employment lawyers, and Karen Wilson, a real estate specialist.
  • MLP Law has made two senior appointments. Richard Holmes joined the firm to lead the property department, while Steve Hartley has been appointed to head up the corporate and commercial team.
  • Harrison Drury LLP has appointed Simon Price to head up its people and client development functions.
  • Kennedys has announced that it has appointed Andrew Morton as a senior associate where he
    joins the travel practice.
  • Newly qualified solicitor Stuart Duckett has joined the private client team at Aaron & Partners.
  • Butcher & Barlow has announced that solicitor mediator Caroline Cockill-Guy has become a member of the Law Society’s Family Mediation Panel. The firm has also welcomed solicitor Nicola Seamarks where she will assist in residential property matters.
  • Burnetts Solicitors has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Sarah Loan to its commercial property team. Abigail Lynch has also joined the team.
  • Aaron & Partners has appointed Claire Strawson as marketing and business development director.

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