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Sydney Mitchell has expanded its family team with the appointment of Mike Vale.

James Hayes has joined MFG Solicitors as partner in the corporate division.

Shakespeares has appointed Shelley Harcourt as partner to lead its employment team in Nottingham.

Carol Clelland has joined the Birmingham office of Challinors.

Kate Chorley and Bev Merrell have both been promoted to partner by BHW Solicitors.

Browne Jacobson has promoted 12 staff to associate level in its Nottingham and Birmingham offices. Chris Emm, Claire Gay, Helen Taylor, Michael Sadler, Paul Smith, Susan Slade, Stephanie Coates, Nina Best and Jamie Otter have been made associates in Nottingham whilst Lisa McGinn, Rachael Gooddy and Dan Thomas have been promoted in Birmingham.

Smith Partnership has promoted 3 staff to partner and associate level. Rachel McCahill-Brown has been promoted to partner whilst Louise Haward and Rashid Ali have both been promoted to associates.

Eversheds has recruited Emma King and Sarah Franklin as partners in the pensions team in Birmingham.

Victoria Leybourn has joined the pensions team of Squire Sanders.

Simon Barnes has joined the competition team of Shoosmiths as a partner.

Frank Smith has joined the agriculture and estates team of Wilans Solicitors.

Nisha Gohel has been promoted to associate by Spearing Waite.

Emma Batten has joined the employment team of Freeth Cartwright. The firm has also welcomed Deborah Jenkins Jones as a director.

BP Collins has appointed Paul Lowery as private client partner.

Catherine Scott of Howes Percival has become a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.

Matthew Hayes has been appointed as a commercial property partner by Harrison Clark.

Luke Plimmer, Perveen Akhter and Alison Hancock have all been promoted to senior associate and James Fownes has been promoted to associate by SGH Martineau LLP.

Weightmans has promoted Peter Ward to associate.

Helen Dyke has joined Irwin Mitchell as an associate in the employment team.

Higgs & Sons has recruited Richard Honick to its commercial property team.

Carol Clelland has joined the family law team of Challinors.

Mfg Solicitors has recruited Hannah Farmer to its agricultural and rural affairs team.

Jameela Jamroz and Zoe Colburn have both joined Cartwright King.

Anna Moreton has joined Higgs & Sons as marketing manager.

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