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Kennedys has strengthened its fraud practice with the arrival of Martin Stockdale from DWF.

Brabners Chaffe Street has appointed Paula Millburn as a partner. She was previously at Hill Dickinson.

DLA Piper has hired John Delamere a senior associate from Shearman & Sterling’s London office to head its Liverpool banking and finance Team.

Neil Sanders has joined Scott Rees & Co. from Silverbeck Rymer. The firm has also welcomed trainee paralegal and Turkish translator Merifet Mahmodova

Simon McCrum, a former partner at Manchester law firm Pannone has returned to the North West to launch a regional office for Oxford-based Darbys Solicitors. Darbys has merged with Cheshire Employment Law, a practice in Lymm run by Natasha Jones, to establish its North West office.

Louise Emery has joined Price & Slater as a paralegal.

Michelle Shean and Scott McKinnell have joined Pannone as partners.

Annie Tombleson has joined Mills & Reeve as a solicitor.

Clare Williams and James Brown have joined JMW Solicitors from Pannone.

Craig Budsworth of Glaisyers has been appointed as vice-chairman of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society.

Carol Garside has joined Chafes Solicitors as a conveyancer.

Keoghs has hired two new partners – insurance fraud specialist Paul Smith and risk and compliance director Philippa Hayes.

Louisa Robbins has joined Clyde & Co’s professional and commercial disputes team in Manchester as a partner.

Hill Dickinson has appointed Patricia Cottrell as head of family in its commercial litigation practice area in Liverpool.

Express Solicitors has promoted three new partners: Rachel Flannigan, Margaret Bailey-Tsavalas and Sharon Denby.

Pearson Hinchliffe has opened a new office in Ashton-under-Lyne which will offer medical negligence services. Partner John Pollitt will relocate part of his team to the new office.

Nick Bunstone has joined the conveyancing department of McHale & Co.

Butcher and Barlow has merged with Bury-based matrimonial specialist Salt Veeder.

Commercial property specialist Land Law has recruited property litigation expert Nicholas Illyr Pride as a solicitor.

Iria Caride is joining sports advisory firm SportsTeam.

A Sharia law division has been set up by the family team at Russell Jones & Walker. The division, called RJW Islamic Legal Services, is led by new recruit Aina Khan, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the niche field.

Pannone is stepping up its assault on London with a series of appointments. Corporate partner Catherine McLoughlin, who has experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity, has joined from Wilmer Hale and clinical negligence partner Julianne Moore is to relocate from the North West in early 2012.

Naomi Wilson, founder of personal injury law firm NW Law has been appointed regional co-ordinator for the Motor Accident Solicitors Society.

Birchall Blackburn Solicitors has appointed Paul Tyrer as its head of corporate and commercial – a new offering from the firm.

John Gibson, head of Notarial Services at Hill Dickinson, has been appointed Honorary Consul for Finland.

Neil Sanders has joined Scott Rees & Co. from Silverbeck Rymer. The firm has also welcomed trainee paralegal and Turkish translator Merifet Mahmodova

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