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Movers & Shakers: North East



  • Mincoffs has announced that Leanne Kettlewell has joined its commercial property team after training and qualifying as a solicitor with the firm.
  • Hay & Kilner has appointed solicitor Rachael Leathley in its private client team and solicitor Sara Malik to its commercial disputes team.
  • Graham Tyler has joined BHP Law. He deals with all commercial and civil dispute cases.
  • Sintons has promoted Anna Barton, Jane Meikle and Tom Wills to partners in the firm.
  • Joanne McHale-Young has qualified as a solicitor into the employment team at Archers Law.
  • BHP Law has been joined by family law specialist Michael Harrison.


  • Watson Burton has been joined by Shona Morton, an employment and commercial litigation specialist.
  • Solicitor Aimee Husband has joined Core Legal. Husband specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing.
  • Aman Sehgal, an insolvency specialist, has joined Keystone Law.
  • Mincoffs has appointed Rachel Smith as a solicitor in the family team.
  • BHP Law has appointed Mark Clayton as an associate and Ira Ghosh as a legal executive in the commercial property team.
  • Gavin Cochrane has joined Smith & Graham as a solicitor in the family department.
  • Sintons Solicitors has appointed Chris Jackson as an associate. He has extensive experience of non-contentious commercial property work, and has worked for investors and large corporations.
  • EMG Solicitors has appointed Julia Middleton as an associate solicitor in the family team.
  • Latimer Hinks has announced the promotion of residential property lawyer Martin Williamson and commercial property solicitor Adam Wood to director.
  • Watson Burton has appointed Adam Dymock as a solicitor in its professional indemnity insurance department.
  • Jacksons has appointed solicitor Emma Canham to its family law team.
  • Hay & Kilner has appointed Chris Anderson as a member of the commercial property team.
  • Latimer Hinks has launched a farms and estates team which will be led by the firm’s chief executive Anne Elliott.


  • Square One Law has appointed Simon Loy, an international employment lawyer, as a partner.
  • Paul Illes, a residential property specialist, has been promoted to partner at Hay & Kilner.
  • Clarke Mairs LLP has promoted two new partners: Rachel Swinburne is a private client solicitor and Katy Rushworth who specialises in leasehold enfranchisement.
  • Silk Family Law has appointed solicitor Katie Machin to the family law team.


  • Mincoffs has made two partner appointments. Peter Robinson joins the corporate team and Malcolm Wood has joined the commercial property team.
  • Punch Robson has appointed Elaine McLaine-Wood as managing partner.
  • Watson Burton has appointed Emma Jackson as a new solicitor in the corporate department.