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2017 – North East


  • Swinburne Maddison solicitors has welcomed solicitor Scott Cable to its litigation team.
  • Associate solicitor Giles McCourt has joined the commercial property team at Muckle LLP.
  • Rebecca Noble has qualified into the commercial litigation team at Watson Burton.


  • Shoosmiths has appointed James Foster and Philip Goldsborough as corporate partners.
  • William Kaye has joined Langleys Solicitors to lead the family law unit.
  • Schofield Sweeney has promoted Manjit Virdee and John Feaster to partner.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed Natalie Hager as a solicitor in the corporate team.
  • Hempsons has promoted Chloe Davies to associate in the firm’s healthcare litigation team.
  • Langleys Solicitors has appointed Oliver King in its corporate team.
  • LCF Law has appointed solicitor Harjit Rait to the firm where she will lead the family team.
  • Berwins Solicitors has appointed litigation solicitor Andrew Mawdsley to the firm.
  • Clarion Solicitors has welcomed Alex Birch as a senior associate.
  • Taylor & Emmet has appointed solicitor Adam Hollis to its commercial litigation team.
  • Family law specialist Wendy Campbell has joined Jordans Solicitors.
  • Jane Ingleby has joined the family team at Clarion Solicitors as a legal director.
  • Langleys Solicitors has announced a number of promotions: Tom Spring is promoted to associate in the casualty team; Sarah Dalton, in the insurance law division’s public sector unit, and James
    Bradley from the commercial property team are promoted to senior associates.
  • David Scott has been appointed as a senior associate in the employment team at Hethertons.
  • Eversheds Sutherland (International) has welcomed new pensions partner Anthea Whitton.
  • Walker Morris has expanded its planning and environment legal team with the appointment of Alison Ogley as partner.
  • Property lawyer Satinder Mander has joined Lupton Fawcett as a senior solicitor.
  • Jennifer Walker has joined Graysons as head of the firm’s employment law department.
  • Jessica Brain has qualified into the commercial litigation team at Watson Burton.
  • Ware & Kay has appointed Jacky Burton to its commercial department as a commercial property solicitor.
  • Bryony Shaw has joined the commercial property team at Taylor & Emmet.
  • Clarion Solicitors has appointed Kayleigh Fantoni as an associate in the commercial dispute resolution and litigation team.
  • Sophie Morley has joined the property team at Clarion Solicitors as a legal director.


  • Close Thornton has appointed Sue Alexander and Dermot Winters as partners.
  • Ward Hadaway has promoted several lawyers to the position of associate: Nick Gholkar works in the
    firm’s property department; commercial litigation specialist Ashleigh Lavender acts on a range of matters including contractual disputes; and construction lawyer Neil Williamson advises both private and public sector clients.
  • Muckle LLP has appointed senior associate Deborah Lazenby and associate Jennifer Pearson to its real estate team.
  • The Court of Protection team at BHP Law has been joined by Lois Lloyd.
  • Gordon Brown has promoted Louise Ottaway to associate in the residential conveyancing team.
  • Smith & Graham Solicitors has welcomed Daniel Clark as a solicitor in its family team.


  • Clyde & Co has hired a two-partner marine team. Stephen Mackin and Jessica Maitra join as partners.
  • Muckle LLP has promoted three new partners: Jess Swindells, Joanne Davison and James Armstrong.
  • Smith & Graham has announced that David Smith has been made a salaried partner.
  • Helen Brain has joined Square One Law as a partner in its corporate commercial team.
  • Muckle LLP has promoted Stephanie Coulson (commercial), Lisa Kelly (employment), Richard Nixon and Julie Adams (real estate) to associate, and Jennifer Hirst (corporate), to senior associate.
  • Gordon Sewell has joined the civil litigation team at Williamsons solicitors.


  • Hay & Kilner has appointed Kris English as an associate solicitor. Meanwhile, Charlotte Barker has joined the firm as a paralegal.
  • DAC Beachcroft has made a number of partner promotions including Stephen McLellan (construction & insurance).
  • Bond Dickinson has announced a number of senior promotions. Caroline Churchill has been promoted to commercial partner. Tom Willows has been promoted to real estate partner.
  • Sintons has recruited John Davis as a personal injury consultant.
  • Square One Law has appointed Sarah Lisgo as an associate in the corporate commercial team.


  • Archers Law has promoted Zoe Tansley and Vicky Browning to partner status.
  • A new law firm, McGee McGee Agar Law, has welcomed three partners. They are: Andrew McGee, a criminal specialist who oversees the police station and magistrates department, Paul McGee, who oversees the family department, and Matthew Agar, who oversees the Crown Court department.
  • Ward Hadaway has appointed Mitch Brown, a housing development, delivery and investment specialist, as a consultant.
  • Square One Law has appointed Rachael Cooper and Ross Gordon as associates in the litigation team.


  • Mincoffs has announced that Leanne Kettlewell has joined its commercial property team after training and qualifying as a solicitor with the firm.
  • Hay & Kilner has appointed solicitor Rachael Leathley in its private client team and solicitor Sara Malik to its commercial disputes team.
  • Graham Tyler has joined BHP Law. He deals with all commercial and civil dispute cases.
  • Sintons has promoted Anna Barton, Jane Meikle and Tom Wills to partners in the firm.
  • Joanne McHale-Young has qualified as a solicitor into the employment team at Archers Law.
  • BHP Law has been joined by family law specialist Michael Harrison.


  • Watson Burton has been joined by Shona Morton, an employment and commercial litigation specialist.
  • Solicitor Aimee Husband has joined Core Legal. Husband specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing.
  • Aman Sehgal, an insolvency specialist, has joined Keystone Law.
  • Mincoffs has appointed Rachel Smith as a solicitor in the family team.
  • BHP Law has appointed Mark Clayton as an associate and Ira Ghosh as a legal executive in the commercial property team.
  • Gavin Cochrane has joined Smith & Graham as a solicitor in the family department.
  • Sintons Solicitors has appointed Chris Jackson as an associate. He has extensive experience of non-contentious commercial property work, and has worked for investors and large corporations.
  • EMG Solicitors has appointed Julia Middleton as an associate solicitor in the family team.
  • Latimer Hinks has announced the promotion of residential property lawyer Martin Williamson and commercial property solicitor Adam Wood to director.
  • Watson Burton has appointed Adam Dymock as a solicitor in its professional indemnity insurance department.
  • Jacksons has appointed solicitor Emma Canham to its family law team.
  • Hay & Kilner has appointed Chris Anderson as a member of the commercial property team.
  • Latimer Hinks has launched a farms and estates team which will be led by the firm’s chief executive Anne Elliott.


  • Square One Law has appointed Simon Loy, an international employment lawyer, as a partner.
  • Paul Illes, a residential property specialist, has been promoted to partner at Hay & Kilner.
  • Clarke Mairs LLP has promoted two new partners: Rachel Swinburne is a private client solicitor and Katy Rushworth who specialises in leasehold enfranchisement.
  • Silk Family Law has appointed solicitor Katie Machin to the family law team.


  • Mincoffs has made two partner appointments. Peter Robinson joins the corporate team and Malcolm Wood has joined the commercial property team.
  • Punch Robson has appointed Elaine McLaine-Wood as managing partner.
  • Watson Burton has appointed Emma Jackson as a new solicitor in the corporate department.

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