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Movers & Shakers: Midlands



  • DWF has announced that Jon Stevens, a partner in the tax team, has taken on the role of executive partner for the Birmingham office
  • Thursfields has appointed six new equity partners. They are Gareth Burge, Tony Gibb, Michelle Hetheridge Shane Miller Michelle O’Hara Julia Warrilow
  • Toby Kramers, a commercial property partner at Ellisons, has relocated to the firm’s Ipswich office.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has welcomed David King as head of private client services .
  • Freeths has made two appointments to its real estate team, Helen Pearson and Monika Holyst .
  • Lodders has appointed senior HR professional Sarah Naffine to HR director
  • Alsters Kelley has promoted Lisa Blizzard to associate solicitor in the firm’s family law team
  • Andrew & Co Solicitors has appointed associate solicitor Paul Simpson as head of corporate & commercial.
  • BHW Solicitors has recruited four new conveyancing specialists. Jayne Concannon, Diane Wooley, Nicola Dixon and Kerri Simner
  • Talbots Solicitors has promoted Lisa Burton and Callum Haynes as directors and Melinda Rice to the position of associate
  • Andrew McManus has joined the civil litigation department at Enoch Evans
  • Sydney Mitchell has promoted Sundeep Bilkhu to associate solicitor in the dispute resolution team.
  • Ketan Mistry has joined Fraser Brown as a solicitor
  • Nicola Mahon has joined Hibberts LLP
  • Eversheds Sutherland has announced that Simon Crossley will succeed Bridgette Wilcox as head of commercial.
  • Wright Hassall has appointed Judith Gershon, a real estate finance specialist, as a partner. The firm has promoted property specialists Andrew Jones and James Polo-Richards to partner
  • Metcalfe Copeman & Pettefar has announced the promotion of Lorraine Campbell and Claire James as partners
  • Pauline O’Rourke has joined the family team of Thursfields Solicitors
  • Metcalfe Copeman & Pettefar has promoted Sarah Gregory to associate. She has also been appointed as head of the wills and probate department.


  • Shakespeare Martineau has recruited two new partners to its real estate team; Neil Gosling and Kate Onions.
  • Anthony Collins Solicitors has welcomed Doug Houghton as a property and finance Court of Protection associate.
  • Corporate recovery specialist Alan Meiklejohn has joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ insolvency and restructuring team.
  • FBC Manby Bowdler has appointed solicitor Rachel Bloxwich as an associate in the family law team.
  • Rothera Sharp has promoted associate Michelle Young to head of its residential conveyancing department.
  • Bowcock & Pursaill has appointed Sam Tolley and Elizabeth Delf as residential property conveyancers.
  • Geldards has welcomed the arrival of two new partners into the corporate and commercial department; Jamie Goldberg and Peter Seary.
  • Lodders has appointed Paul Mourton as its new managing partner.
  • Freeths has appointed James Boulton as a corporate partner.
  • Potter Clarkson has promoted Tony Proctor, David Carling, Jason Teng, Tom Harding and Oliver Laing to partner.
  • Gateley has appointed legal director Lesley Brentnall to head up its residential conveyancing offering.
  • Taylor & Emmet has appointed solicitor Clare Davies to its wills and probate practice.
  • Rogers & Norton has announced that Jennifer Lee has qualified as a solicitor after completing her training contract with the firm.
  • Ashtons Legal has welcomed specialist shipping lawyer Miquel Roca.
  • Woodfines has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Will Padmore on the successful completion of his training contract at the firm.
  • Potter Clarkson has promoted Deborah Maxwell, Richard Wells and Holly Mitchell to senior associate, and Christopher Hartland, Fehn Chua-Short and Pippa Hothersall to associate.
  • The Smith Partnership has promoted Mark Wilcock to associate in the company and commercial department. Meanwhile, Alice Hornsby has qualified into the dispute resolution team.