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Movers & Shakers: Midlands

2017

June

  • Shoosmiths has made a number of partner promotions including David Perry and Catherine Hood (real estate), Aaron Harlow (restructuring & insolvency) and Joe Stephenson (commercial).
  • Shakespeare Martineau has appointed Paul Horton as a private client partner.
  • Bridge McFarland has announced the promotion of personal injury solicitor James Burrell to partner.
  • Ellisons has appointed Tim Bacon, Ross Wiltshire and Jon Bloor as partners.
  • George Green has appointed James Lowe as a regulatory and licensing partner in its dispute resolution team.
  • mfg Solicitors has promoted Sam Pedley to the position of partner.
  • Howes Percival has appointed private client specialist Amy Wallhead as an associate solicitor.
  • Alsters Kelley has appointed Sally Humphreys as a solicitor in the residential property team.
  • Spratt Endicott has appointed Emma Rolfe as a solicitor in its private capital team.
  • Band Hatton Button has appointed solicitor Raman Dhillon to its litigation team.
  • Cozens-Hardy LLP has appointed Sophie Smith as a solicitor in the family department.
  • Enoch Evans has appointed Claire Magennis as a legal executive in the probate team.
  • Louise Adams has joined SME Solicitors as a corporate and commercial solicitor in the business services department.
  • DLA Piper has made a number of partner promotions including Emma Phillips (employment).
  • Shakespeare Martineau has appointed commercial property partner Caroline Irvine.
  • Taylor Vinters has appointed Gareth Dickson as a partner in the commercial disputes team.
  • John Stanley has joined Nelsons as a partner.
  • Birketts has appointed Gavin Acheson as a partner in the firm’s commercial property team.
  • Eversheds Sutherland has welcomed new pensions partner Georgina Rankin to its human resources practice group.
  • Birketts has welcomed legal director Jo Cope back to the firm’s commercial property team.
  • Ringrose Law Group has announced the promotion and relocation of Costa Kyriacou to the head of the child social care department.
  • Solicitor Stuart Tym has joined the Wilkes Partnership as head of its planning team.
  • Specialist family lawyer Gareth Protheroe has joined Nelsons.
  • Thomas Horton LLP has announced that Nabit Kaur Dubb has joined the conveyancing department.

May

  • Howes Percival has appointed Matthew Potter as an employment partner.
  • Gavin Acheson has joined Birketts as a partner in the commercial property team.
  • Freeths has appointed Gary Smith as a partner in the corporate law team.
  • Hatch Brenner has appointed Caroline Billings to the partnership within the private client team.
  • Franklins Solicitors LLP has announced the appointment of two new associate partners. Rhiannon Penney, a solicitor in the bespoke and commercial property team and Kathryn Thornewill, a solicitor in the private client team.
  • Darren Goodey has joined Gross & Co Solicitors as head of the commercial department.
  • Simon Gummer has returned to Edmondson Hall Solicitors as a partner and head of family law.
  • Ashtons Legal has launched a regulatory and road transport team with the appointment of partner Tim Ridyard.
  • Rothera Sharp has appointed Christina Yardley as a partner in its probate department.
  • Band Hatton Button has announced that Michelle Gavin, head of wills, trusts and probate, Tracy Cross, head of family, and Malcolm Thomas, litigation partner have all been appointed to the firm’s board. Three senior associates, Helen Bowns (family), Marta Fisher (corporate and commercial), and Dina Parmar (commercial property) have been promoted to partner.
  • Gateley has appointed solicitor Amrit Hunjin to its family and private client team.
  • Hatchers has welcomed solicitor David Phillips to the firm. He will be working within both the commercial property team and the agricultural law team.
  • George Green has appointed Karen Grimshaw as an associate solicitor in its residential property department.
  • Olivia Chalmers has qualified into the company and commercial team at Hunt & Coombs.
  • Fraser Brown has expanded its employment team with the appointment of associate Maz Dannourah.

April

  • Shakespeare Martineau has appointed Stephen Chalcraft as a partner in its real estate and projects team.
  • Howes Percival has appointed Venetia Phipps as a solicitor in its corporate and commercial team.
  • Prettys Solicitors has restructured its real estate team which will be led by partner Peter Blake.
  • Woodfines Solicitors has announced that Stephen Patch has joined as a partner in the private client department.
  • mfg Solicitors has appointed Jayne Hill as an associate in the private client division.
  • Hallmark Hulme has appointed experienced solicitor Helen Hanson as a member of its family law department.
  • Shaun Rylands has joined the clinical negligence department at Bridge McFarland.
  • Ashtons Legal has announced that three staff have qualified as solicitors with the firm. Sophie Howard has joined the dispute resolution team, Krupa Shiani the commercial property team and Francesca Tubb the lifetime planning team.
  • Gowling WLG has announced a number of partner promotions. Three lawyers are promoted. Samantha Holland is a member of the commercial litigation team; Mark Stephenson specialises in non-contentious construction law; and Elizabeth Gane is a member of the pensions team.
  • Peter Manford has joined Higgs & Sons as a corporate partner.
  • Gotelee Solicitors has announced the appointment of its new chief executive, Charles Rowett.
  • Andrew Nellist, a family specialist, has joined Royds Withy King as a partner.
  • Bray & Bray has expanded its corporate and commercial property teams with the appointment of solicitor Ellie Reynolds to the corporate team, and Sarah Moxon to the commercial property team.
  • Butcher Andrews has appointed two new solicitors; James Eden and Sophie Thornley.
  • Ansons Solicitors has appointed Adam Kudryl as a senior associate in the corporate and commercial team.
  • Marcus-Adam Tuck and Emma Adkins have qualified as solicitors at Fraser Brown.
  • Anthony Collins Solicitors has announced that Rebekah Sambrooks has been appointed to the Mental Health Panel of accredited practitioners.
  • BPE Solicitors has appointed Paul Browne as business director.
  • Freeths has made a number of appointments. Joining the commercial litigation team are Emma Anderson, who joins as a director, and Victoria Jones as an associate. Victoria Teece, who trained in-house at a local authority, joins as a planning and environmental solicitor. Andrew Spiers joins as a corporate solicitor.
  • Maqadas Ali has qualified as a solicitor into the commercial property team at Thomas Guise.
  • Lodders has appointed landlord and tenant solicitor Lucy Skelton as a member of the real estate team.

March

  • Poppleston Allen has announced that it has promoted senior associate Andy Grimsey to partner.
  • Thursfields has welcomed Janice Leyland as a senior associate solicitor in its family team.
  • Ashtons Legal has appointed Sameena Manzar to its family law team.
  • Shakespeare Martineau has appointed Andrew Mellor as a partner in the real estate team.
  • Hewitsons has appointed David Wells as a partner in the real estate team.
  • Spire Solicitors has appointed Alistair Ponder as a partner in the corporate and commercial team.
  • Vic Younis has joined Wall James Chappell as an associate solicitor in the dispute resolution department.
  • Slater and Gordon has appointed Grace Brass as a senior solicitor in the family team.
  • Hetts Solicitors has appointed Chris Evans as an associate solicitor in the family law department.
  • Zoë Parker has joined the employment law team at Prettys Solicitors.
  • Barbara Pond, an experienced wills and trust practitioner, has joined the private client department at Rogers & Norton.
  • Fraser Brown has appointed Lloyd Smith as a senior associate in the dispute resolution team.
  • Bradley Haynes solicitors has recruited associate solicitor Rachel Bloxwich to its family law team.
  • Commercial litigator and partner Claire Holford has joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys.
  • Tim Mendes da Costa, a member of the commercial property team, has been promoted to partner at Greene & Greene Solicitors.
  • Gateley has appointed Amy Hope-Smith as a commercial litigation solicitor in the commercial dispute resolution team.
  • Shakespeare Martineau has appointed Dr Jonathan Nicholls as director of strategy and policy advice for education.
  • Birketts has appointed transport specialist Doug Grant as a self-employed consultant.
  • Spratt Endicott has appointed matrimonial barrister Justine Cadbury to its family law department.
  • Linder Myers has appointed Charlotte Pinsent as a solicitor in the family law team.
  • Greenwoods Solicitors has appointed Jeremy Stanton as director – strategic land, in the property team.
  • Ashtons Legal has expanded its private client practice with the appointment of two new solicitors in their lifetime planning division. Suzanne Whyman and Louisa Bradberry.
  • Howes Percival has appointed Alishia Marrocco as an assistant solicitor in the family law team.
  • Fraser Brown has appointed Julie McCrery as an associate in the family law team.
  • Angharad Ellis Owen, a barrister who has specialised in employment law for ten years, has recently joined Greene & Greene.
  • Lois Harrison and Eilidh Rose have qualified as solicitors at Blythe Liggins.
  • Migrate UK has appointed Karendeep Kaur as an immigration analyst.
  • Freeths has appointed Charlotte Rees-John as a partner in the employment team.
  • Bermans has made two partner appointments. Anton Stirrett has joined the corporate team and Andrew Koffman has joined the litigation and dispute resolution team.
  • Slater Heelis has appointed Simon Maddox as a partner in the commercial property team.
  • Birchall Blackburn Law has promoted residential property manager Rachel Buckley to partner.
  • Hill Dickinson has welcomed senior associate Rachel Allen to its property team.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed Nicola Whittle as a senior associate in the corporate practice.
  • Stephensons has appointed Julie Hunter, a commercial litigation specialist, as a solicitor. They have also welcomed solicitor Clare Gammond to the firm’s personal injury team.
  • Slater and Gordon has expanded with the appointment of Michael Stockton.
  • O’Connors has appointed Christina Millan as a member of its corporate team.
  • Bermans has appointed Alissa Marsh as an assistant solicitor in the asset finance and invoice finance team.
  • Chris Addison has joined the specialist commercial litigation unit at Napthens.

February

  • Eversheds has expanded its company commercial team with the appointment of partner Ian Moore.
  • Shakespeare Martineau has appointed Mark Oldershaw as a commercial property partner.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed Selina Hinchliffe as a partner in the commercial practice.
  • Clare Pilsworth has joined Woodfines Solicitors as a partner in the family law team.
  • Anthony Collins Solicitors has welcomed associate Sarah Knight to lead its regulatory practice.
  • Higgs & Sons has appointed Robert Burke as head of debt recovery.
  • Emms Gilmore Liberson has appointed solicitor Sophie Crossley to its commercial property department.
  • Sydney Mitchell has announced the expansion of its family law department with the appointment of solicitor Teresa Mannion.
  • Spratt Endicott has appointed Andrew Querelle as an associate in the commercial property department.
  • The Wilkes Partnership has appointed Jodi Flint as an associate solicitor in the private client department.
  • Eversheds has appointed Adam Fisher as a partner in its litigation team.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed Michael Stace as a corporate finance partner.
  • Simon Massey has joined Tollers LLP as a partner and head of the commercial real estate team.
  • Keith Blizzard, a construction law specialist, has joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys as a partner.
  • Langleys Solicitors has appointed Fiona Kingscott, an intellectual property specialist, to its  corporate team.
  • Ashtons Legal has appointed solicitor Phoebe Osborne to its asbestos disease team. Also joining is newly qualified
  • solicitor Mark Tromans to its corporate and commercial team.
  • Hatch Brenner has appointed Ian Johnson has head of finance.

January

  • Gateley has appointed Jane Cowley as a partner within the private client and family team.
  • Shakespeare Martineau has appointed Caroline Elliott as a family law partner.
  • Bray & Bray has promoted Andy Hitchon to partner.
  • Chattertons has promoted Melissa Thompson to partner.
  • Browne Jacobson has announced a number of newly qualified solicitors including Chereta Edmeade (banking) and Afshan Ahmed (commercial). Meanwhile, the newly qualified solicitors are: Katie Kerry (business & professional risk); Rachael Russell (corporate); Sandra Wong (corporate); and Angela Konteas (commercial).
  • Harpreet Sandhu has joined Nelsons as an associate in the commerce & technology team.
  • Barker Gotelee has made two appointments to its team. Ann-Marie Matthews joins the private client team as a solicitor. Daniel Fairs joins the property team as an associate solicitor, specialising in commercial property transactions.
  • Birketts has made a number of senior appointments. Joe Yexley has joined the commercial property team, Anita Bushell has joined the residential development team and Jan Tyler has joined the private client team. Also, Emma Tubb has joined the corporate and banking team; Peter Hosking and Hannah Meara join the property division team. Meanwhile, Emma Long has joined the corporate criminal defence team as a paralegal.
  • mfg Solicitors has made a number of appointments, including Freya Feghali who joins the civil litigation department as an assistant solicitor, and Chris Amys who joins the firm’s employment and HR services team. Feghali focuses on property litigation.
  • Jessica Beddows, a wills, trusts, estates and probate specialist, has joined Lodders as a senior associate in the private client team.
  • Ellis Fermor & Negus has announced that residential conveyancing specialist, Kim Favill, will be joining the firm.
  • George Green has expanded its residential property team with the appointment of associate solicitor John Midge who joins as head of residential conveyancing.
  • Chattertons has promoted Alice Morgan and Dan Fellows to associate.
  • Hatch Brenner has appointed solicitor Aashish Soni to its property department.