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2017 – South East


  • Rix and Kay has announced the appointment of Tim Sadka as a corporate partner.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed two experienced solicitors to its real estate team; Charlotte Bowerman and Abigail Gisbourne. The firm has also promoted a number of new associates including Liz McAllister, Joanna Roberts and John Shea.
  • Thompson Smith & Puxon has appointed solicitor Abbie McKay to its residential property team.
  • Whitehead Monckton has welcomed employment solicitor Paida Dube.
  • Thomas Emmett has completed his two-year training contract at Birkett Long.
  • Foot Anstey has welcomed new legal directors to the firm. Nick Boyd joins the corporate team whilst Kate New joins the dispute resolution team and specialises in commercial property litigation.


  • Stevens & Bolton has hired real estate partner Ian Craig.
  • Gardner Leader has announced that Tara McInnes and Penny Wright have become salaried partners.
  • Robert Cain, formerly director of Cain Law, has joined Blaser Mills as a partner in the corporate and commercial team.
  • Buss Murton has promoted Kerry Carter to partner.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed Stephen Ireland as a senior associate in the will, trust & estate disputes team.
  • Moore Blatch has appointed solicitor Nicholas Endean who will specialise in community care and mental capacity matters.
  • Eric Robinson Solicitors has welcomed private client specialist Patrick Hunter.
  • Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP has promoted Donna Duca to associate within the conveyancing team.
  • Hart Brown has announced the promotion of Gerard Sanders to partner.
  • Pitmans Law has announced the appointment of Paul Brame as a commercial property partner.
  • Thrings LLP has appointed Mary Chant as a partner.
  • Lamb Brooks has promoted James Phipps to partner.
  • Moore Blatch has appointed partner Edward Whittington as managing partner.
  • Hart Brown has promoted Danielle Collett-Bruce to senior solicitor in the commercial and corporate team, and Debbie Beswick and Tamzin Mandelli to associate.
  • Birkett Long has appointed solicitor Shahban Ali to its residential property team.
  • Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP has appointed litigation solicitor Rhian Lowe to its civil litigation team.
  • Kidd Rapinet has appointed Sarah Watts as head of its family team.
  • Boyes Turner has appointed solicitor Sara McKay to its development and house building practice.
  • Clarke Willmott LLP has appointed two new partners to its national social housing team. They are Tim Miles and Lisa Guelfi.
  • Cripps LLP has expanded its private client team with the appointment of a new partner, David Semmens.
  • Marc Thurlow has re-joined Birkett Long as a partner after training as a solicitor with the firm.
  • DMH Stallard has made a number of promotions. These include: Ben Price, who has been promoted from senior associate to partner and is part of the real estate team, and Sarah Cook who has also been promoted from associate to senior associate.
  • Verisona Law has appointed associate solicitor Grant Usher to its corporate & commercial team.
  • Wortley Byers Law has appointed solicitor Caroline Andrews and consultant Colin Smith to the family law team.
  • Palmers Solicitors has appointed Samantha Randall as a solicitor in the employment team.
  • Reynolds Parry Jones has appointed Kalbir Gill as a solicitor in the commercial property team.


  • Thomson Snell & Passmore has welcomed equity partner Christopher Walker to its private client team.
  • Charles Russell Speechlys has announced the appointment of Ingrid Saffin as a real estate partner.
  • Jon Vivian has joined KPMG Enterprise as an ambassador.
  • Bennett Griffin has announced that Kate Hallin will succeed Stephen Hollamby as the firm’s managing partner.
  • Setfords Solicitors has appointed solicitor Ash Johnson. Johnson specialises in commercial and residential property.
  • Verisona Law has appointed Grant Usher as an associate solicitor in its corporate & commercial team.
  • Palmers Solicitors has appointed Paul Oldershaw as a solicitor in the commercial property team.


  • Birkett Long has recruited Miles Coates to its agriculture and estates team.
  • Blake Morgan has recruited charity lawyer Ben Brice as a legal director.
  • Hatchers Solicitors has welcomed Joanne Roberts to its residential property team.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed Connie Lu as a legal consultant.
  • Bennett Griffin has appointed Peter Ames as a member of the commercial litigation team.
  • Foot Anstey has announced a number of new appointments to the partnership. Mark Pinder and Paul Cox have been recruited as a lateral hires. Cox will head up the intellectual property practice and Pinder joins the corporate team.
  • Brachers Solicitors has made a number of promotions. Justine Sloover and Mary Rimmer of the private client team, and Dana Ellis and Kelly Ratcliffe of the healthcare team have all become senior associates.
  • Jill French (elderly client services department) has been promoted to senior associate at Pinney Talfourd LLP.


  • Clifton Ingram LLP has elected Jonathan Davis as the firm’s new managing partner.
  • Trethowans has promoted Lucy Grey, a corporate finance specialist, to partner.
  • Gardner Croft has announced the appointment of Emma Baker as a partner and head of the private client department.
  • Blandy & Blandy has welcomed senior solicitor Stephen Bucknill to the firm.
  • Sara Stubbs has completed her training contract and is now a qualified solicitor in the family law department at Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors.
  • Rawlison Butler has promoted William Walsh to partner in its employment team.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed a new partner, Robert Stangroom, in its real estate team.
  • Blake Morgan has made a number of partner promotions. They are Rebecca North in the banking and finance team, employment law specialist Rajiv Joshi, and Michael Ward in real estate.
  • DMH Stallard has appointed Michael White as a partner.
  • Capsticks’ housing team has welcomed Spencer Vella Sultana as a new development partner.
  • Warner Goodman has promoted Helen Porter and Torion Bowles to partner in the commercial litigation team.


  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed Kelly Greig as a partner in its private client team.
  • Gateley plc has appointed partner Patrick Long and Paul de Vince to the firm.
  • Trethowans has been joined by licensing and town planning specialist, Sandra Graham.
  • Stevens & Bolton has appointed James Lister as head of the firm’s contentious trusts and estates practice.
  • Furley Page has appointed newly-qualified solicitor James Fuller to its commercial property team.
  • SA Law welcomed employment solicitor Emma Gross to the firm.
  • Solicitor Amy Stamp has joined Verisona Law’s commercial property and development team.
  • Coffin Mew LLP has made two partner promotions. Hayley Bevis has been promoted and made head of the corporate team. Amanda Read becomes a partner and will continue to lead the pension property offering.
  • Irwin Mitchell has announced a number of promotions to senior associate, including Nicola Gooch (real estate) and Tim Bennett (Court of Protection).
  • Anna Mattingley has qualified into the corporate finance team at Osborne Clarke.
  • Camilla Bishop has joined DMH Stallard as a senior associate in the private client department.
  • Blandy & Blandy has welcomed solicitor Louise Nelson to its probate, tax and trusts team.
  • LHS Solicitors has appointed solicitor Awani Patel as a member of the crime and regulatory team.
  • Cripps LLP has announced that associate Katy-Louise Allen has qualified as a family mediator.
  • Anne Daniels has joined the leasehold enfranchisement team at Morrisons solicitors.


  • Moore Blatch has appointed Chris Marsden as a partner specialising in dispute resolution and real estate disputes.
  • Clarke Willmott has welcomed newly-qualified Laura Wells to the firm. She specialises in commercial property.
  • Blake Morgan has welcomed the return of Dan Geddes to the firm as a senior associate in its dispute resolution team.
  • Mohamed Bangura, a specialist in discrimination law, employment law and litigation, has joined Neale Turk Rochfort as a consultant solicitor.
  • Moore Blatch has recruited property lawyer Kerry Dovey to the firm.
  • Thompson Smith & Puxon has announced the appointment of Kerry Addison Ltd as a new partner.
  • Georgina Hancock has joined the family team at Paris Smith LLP.
  • Moore Blatch has appointed Lee Edwards as a commercial property partner.
  • Neves solicitors has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Olivia Lowen, she will be joining the family law team.
  • Jo McKenna, an employment law specialist, has joined Birkett Long.
  • McMillan Williams has announced the arrival of Katie Woodcock to the estate & trust disputes team.
  • Family Law Partners has expanded with the appointment of family law solicitor Julian McEvoy.
  • Michael Large has joined the dispute resolution team at Prettys Solicitors.
  • Boyes Turner has recruited Claire Roantree as a partner in the firm’s personal injury and industrial disease practice.
  • Gardner Leader has appointed Suki Hardy as a partner in the commercial property team.
  • Hart Brown has appointed Louise Harrhy as a new partner in its trusts and estates team.
  • Family law specialist Muntech Kaur has joined Birkett Long.
  • Moore Blatch has appointed Alison Lloyd as a new associate lawyer specialising in probate services.
  • Fairweathers has appointed Edward Lewis as a consultant solicitor where he specialises in clinical negligence claims.
  • Clifton Ingram LLP has appointed Jonathan Foulds as a senior associate in its commercial property
  • HCB Solicitors has appointed lawyer Ed Duff to its education law section.


  • Rix and Kay has appointed Angela Arnold as a partner to lead the firm’s residential property team.
  • William Addis has joined Loch Employment Law as a partner.
  • Makayla Phillips is a solicitor in the commercial litigation department.
  • Verisona Law has appointed solicitor Muhammed Poswall as an associate in the commercial dispute team.
  • Setfords has appointed Steve Richards as non-executive chairman.
  • MW Solicitors has appointed Wendy Rixon as a member of the estate & trust dispute team.
  • Pinney Talfourd LLP has appointed Edward Garston as a senior associate in the commercial team.
  • DMH Stallard has appointed Kate Norgett as a partner in its corporate M&A team.
  • Field Seymour Parkes has appointed Alexandra Dennis as an associate in the property disputes team.
  • Churchers Bolitho Way has appointed senior solicitor Emma Gifford.
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors has appointed Bahar Ata as director of public law & immigration.
  • Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP has appointed Sharon Smith, a planning specialist, to its property services team.
  • Blaser Mills has appointed Kirsty Hughes as a litigation executive in the dispute resolution team.
  • Blandy & Blandy has appointed Karen Pratt, an experienced conveyancer, to its residential property team.


  • Bonnetts Solicitors has appointed Amira Hughes as head of the residential property department.
  • Justin White has joined the real estate team at Coffin Mew LLP as a business development manager.
  • Ellisons has appointed Gemma Garen as the firm’s head of quality and compliance.

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