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2017 – South West


  • BLM has made a number of partner promotions including David Milton (large loss & technical).
  • Augustines Injury Law, part of Veale Wasbrough Vizards, has appointed Jonathan Peacock as a personal injury partner.
  • Bonallack & Bishop Solicitors has appointed Denise Broomfield as a partner and head of personal injury, clinical negligence and litigation.
  • Newly-qualified Sarah Randall has joined the civil litigation department at Dunn & Baker on the successful completion of her training contract.
  • Frettens has appointed two solicitors in the residential conveyancing team: Sarah March-Paschal and Debbie Ware.
  • Woollcombe Yonge has appointed Tracey Wright as a partner to head up the firm’s wills, trusts and probate team.
  • Willans has appointed Alasdair Garbutt as a partner in its commercial property team.
  • Bond Dickinson has appointed Jennifer Holgate as a managing associate in the planning & infrastructure team.
  • Lester Aldridge has appointed Ally Clapp as an associate in its corporate and commercial team.
  • Caroline Daly has qualified as a chartered legal executive in the commercial property team at Murrell Associates.


  • Clarke Willmott has announced that Chris Thorne is taking over as head of the serious injury and medical negligence team.
  • Everys Solicitors has promoted two new partners, Martin Justice and Will Vine, both of whom work in the private client team.
  • Stephens Scown has made two partner appointments. Helen Wallwork joins the firm and will head up a new healthcare team. Duncan Tilney has been appointed as a partner and head of planning. Meanwhile, the firm has promoted Sarah Atkinson from its family team to partner.
  • Coles Miller Solicitors has promoted Matthew Lewis (head of the residential leasehold department) and Richard Perrins (head of the family department) to partners.
  • Bond Dickinson has announced that Sammy Hill, Toby Larkham, part of the corporate and commercial team, and Amy Martin in the insurance team have all been promoted to the role of associate.
  • Bevan Brittan has appointed Nick Hodgson as its new finance director.
  • Merlin Lewis has joined Porter Dodson’s private client team as an associate.
  • Humphries Kirk has welcomed residential conveyancer Fay Russell.
  • Simmons & Simmons has expanded its pensions offering with the addition of James Dean who joins as partner.
  • DAC Beachcroft has made a number of partner promotions including Jonathan White (corporate & commercial).
  • Bevan Brittan has promoted two new partners. Nathan Bradberry is a member of the commercial and infrastructure department and Laura Brealey advises a full range commercial disputes.
  • Osborne Clarke has promoted four new partners. Helen Parsonage (financial services), Simon Jones (digital business and financial services), David Shakesby (energy, utilities, real estate and infrastructure) and Marc Shrimpling (transport, automotive, life sciences and healthcare).
  • Michelmores has appointed James Radcliffe as a partner in the tax, trusts and succession team.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has made a number of partner promotions, including Lucinda Baker (construction and engineering), Emilie Darwin (employment and education) and Jenny Raymond (dispute resolution).
  • DAC Beachcroft has made a number of legal director promotions including Jessica Major (healthcare regulatory) and Kylie Poyner (professional liability).
  • Michelmores has promoted Edward Porter (tax, trusts and succession) and Adam Corbin (agriculture) to senior associate.
  • Wollen Michelmore has recruited solicitor Jimmy Hayes to its property department.
  • WBW Solicitors has promoted Matthew Cooper to associate solicitor in its private client department.
  • Gary Burns has joined the commercial property team at Nalders.


  • Charles Russell Speechlys has made a number of partner promotions, including Naomi Nettleton (real estate).
  • TLT has promoted a number of new partners including employment lawyer Siobhan Fitzgerald, commercial lawyer Dan Read, real estate lawyer Matthew Grimwood, corporate lawyer Antonia Silvestri and commercial dispute resolution lawyer Vicky Mabbett in the Bristol office.
  • Coodes Solicitors has appointed Tom Fletcher as a partner in the personal injury and clinical negligence team.
  • BLB Solicitors has appointed two new partners; Sarah Jackson and Catherine Smith.
  • Two newly qualified solicitors have joined Coles Miller Solicitors after training with the firm. Becci Newton joins the probate department and Wendy Tsang joins the commercial property team.


  • Ashfords has announced the appointment of Andy Braithwaite as head of the commercial team.
  • Burges Salmon has announced the appointment of five new partners. Emma Folkes will become a partner in the firm’s real estate team; Ian Tucker and Michael Ward will become partners in the firm’s dispute resolution department; the fourth new partner, Chris Worrall, is an experienced EU competition and antitrust lawyer and joins the firm’s competition team; whilst Jeremy Bell joins as a partner in the funds and asset management team.
  • Thrings LLP has expanded its private client team with the appointment of Awen Mellick as a partner.
  • Gregg Latchams LLP has welcomed Nick Jones as an associate director and head of employment and corporate support.
  • Kitsons Solicitors has announced two partner promotions. Jonathan Dickson is dual-qualified as a private client solicitor and taxations technician; Corri Pedrick is a member of the corporate team.
  • Clarke Willmott has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Ben Tasker to the firm on the successful completion of his training contract.
  • Murrell Associates has announced that Rachel Plunkett has qualified after completing her training with the firm. She qualifies into the firm’s corporate and commercial team.
  • Chris Haywood has joined Gregg Latchams LLP as an associate solicitor.
  • Wollen Michelmore has appointed Darren Heard to its property department and has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Reuben Barnett to the same team on the completion of his training contract.
  • Wollen Michelmore has appointed Darren Heard as a solicitor in the property department.
  • Jane Swannell has joined The Family Law Company in Exeter as a solicitor in the divorce and finance team.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed Michael Chambers as a health partner in its clinical negligence practice.
  • Osborne Clarke has retained both spring 2017 qualifiers: Peter Barratt (commercial) and Charlotte Guest (real estate).
  • Everys Solicitors has appointed Nick Wills as a member of the investment management team.
  • Thrings LLP has appointed five newly-qualified solicitors: Simon Bosworth (commercial litigation, Bristol); Tara Connor (family, Swindon); David Geller (company commercial, Swindon); Hannah Mannion (planning, Bristol); and Megan Prideaux (family, Bath).
  • Stone King has made a number of senior appointments. Lily Langlois joins the commercial property team. Probate specialist Amjed Zaman joins and Sarah Hindle joins the family team.
  • Hughes Paddison has appointed Jon Rathbone as a director in the corporate and commercial department.
  • Humphries Kirk has welcomed Amy Mowlam as a conveyancer in the land law team.
  • Sarah Taylor has joined the property disputes team at Royds Withy King.


  • Clarke Willmott has appointed Philip Thompson as a partner in the commercial property team.
  • Trethowans has expanded its private client team with the appointment of solicitor Derek Bryer.
  • Wollen Michelmore has appointed solicitor Gemma Stevens to the firm’s family law team.
  • Robert Hearne, a family lawyer specialising in childcare case, has joined the family team at Royds Withy King.
  • Lester Aldridge has appointed Kate Stewart as a partner and head of the property litigation team.
  • Steele Raymond has appointed Kayleigh Medland as a solicitor in the commercial property department.
  • Capsticks has appointed Spencer Vella Sultana as a development partner in the housing team.
  • Ashfords has appointed James Hemsley as a senior associate in the property litigation team.
  • Bonallack & Bishop Solicitors has made two senior appointments. Sarah Dixon joins the private client department. Kim Higgs joins the specialist leasehold property team.
  • Coodes Solicitors has recruited David Smith to its residential property team.
  • Coles Miller Solicitors has appointed employment solicitor Emily Cox to its commercial litigation team.
  • Dunn & Baker, a QualitySolicitors firm, has appointed Damian Gorman, a wills, trusts and estates specialist, as a solicitor.
  • Everys Solicitors has appointed newly qualified solicitor Julie Chapman as a member of the residential conveyancing team.
  • Gemma Gilvear has qualified into the litigation department at Humphries.
  • Porter Dodson has appointed Anusheh Burcher as an associate solicitor in the dispute resolution team.


  • Michelmores has appointed Asheesh Das as a partner in the banking and finance team.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed partner Andrew Walker as its new head of property litigation.
  • Foot Anstey has appointed Ian Stubbs as a partner in the firm’s construction team.
  • Tozers has appointed James Evans as a partner in the charity law team.
  • Bevan Brittan has appointed Tim Bartlett as its new director of business development and marketing.
  • Trethowans has expanded its residential property team with the appointment of solicitor Mariana Crawford and solicitor Laura Russell.
  • Nalders Solicitors has welcomed Becca Watkins to its private client department.
  • Mogers Drewett has appointed solicitor Jake Stacey to its construction and resolution dispute team.
  • Royds Withy King has welcomed senior associate and family lawyer Kit O’Brien.
  • Tozers has promoted Julia Knight to associate solicitor in the Exeter commercial property team.
  • Foot Anstey has appointed Joanne Rumley as a restructuring and insolvency partner in the corporate team.
  • Trethowans has appointed Mark Nixon as a senior associate in the corporate team.
  • Mark Heath, a senior local authority specialist, has joined Veale Wasbrough Vizards as a consultant.
  • Everys Solicitors has appointed Emma Benyon-Tinker and Kris Seed as members of the family law department.
  • Julian Summerhayes has joined GA Solicitors as a solicitor in its dispute resolution department.
  • Frettens Solicitors has appointed Niki Adkins to the commercial property team.


  • Foot Anstey has made two senior appointments to its charity team; legacy specialist Helen Hoare and Moira Protani.
  • Royds Withy King has appointed a new corporate lawyer Ed Chapman.
  • Battens Solicitors has appointed Ceri Stephens as a director with responsibility for business development, particularly regional expansion.
  • PI firm Novum Law has appointed three new solicitors; Hannah Carr, Declan French and Alison Sayers.

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