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Movers & Shakers: North West



  • Hilary Meredith Solicitors has appointed Zoe Holland as a non-executive director.
  • McHale & Co has welcomed newly-qualified Charlotte Harris who has joined the firm’s personal injury, industrial disease, conveyancing and private client teams on the successful completion of her training contract with the firm.
  • Brabners LLP has made two senior appointments. Andrew Rogers joins as a senior associate in the property litigation team and Nora Schofield as head of residential property.
  • SAS Daniels has appointed Victoria Timothy as an associate solicitor in the personal law team.
  • Birchall Blackburn Law has announced that Jennifer McGowan has qualified as a solicitor.
  • Corporate lawyer Jennifer Bell has joined Forbes Solicitors as an associate in the corporate & restructuring team.
  • Roberts Jackson has promoted Nimish Patel and Bill Singer to associates.
  • Pinsent Masons has appointed Kieran Toal, a private equity specialist, as a partner in the corporate department.
  • Kennedys has appointed Paula Garvey as a partner, joining a team which handles pre-litigation and litigated motor and casualty claims.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed partner Ian Mylrea to lead the firm’s national pensions practice.
  • Browne Jacobson has expanded its property health practice with the appointment of partner Victoria Thourgood.
  • Gorvins solicitors has appointed partner Jonathon Crook to its commercial litigation team.
  • SAS Daniels has appointed Stephen Foster as a partner in its employment law and HR team.
  • Law By Design has welcomed Kirsty Macdonald as a director.
  • Donna Harper has qualified into the commercial and litigation team at LHS Solicitors.


  • Napthens has named Helen Lucking as head of its family & divorce team.
  • SAS Daniels has announced the launch of a specialist agricultural law practice. The team will be headed up by partner Helen Gowin and associate James Goddard.
  • Leigh Day has appointed Kevin Johnson as a partner in the firm’s industrial disease department.
  • Paul Crowley & Co has welcomed solicitor James Reed to the firm. Reed specialises in employer liability and public liability claims.
  • Mfg Solicitors has welcomed Alastair Brierley as a legal consultant in its private client team.
  • Chester firm Oliver & Co has appointed Louise Holmes to its wills and probate team.
  • Sonia Rickard, who specialises in child care law, has joined the family team at Poole Alcock.
  • Hill Dickinson has appointed Amanda Hurst as a legal director.
  • SAS Daniels has appointed associate solicitor Kerry Blackhurst to its private client team.
  • FDR Law has welcomed Daniel Lee as an associate solicitor and head of the personal injury and clinical negligence team.
  • Allington Hughes has welcomed commercial property solicitor Lucienne Sutton to the firm.
  • Claire Higham has qualified into the family law team at KBL Solicitors.
  • Davitt Jones Bould has appointed commercial property specialist Ben Fairhurst as an associate director.


  • Simpson Millar has appointed Matthew Clayton as partner and head of serious trauma.
  • Gorvins Solicitors has announced the appointment of Martin Hoare as the firm’s new managing partner.
  • Slater and Gordon has appointed Mark Alexander as a principal lawyer.
  • Fletchers Solicitors has appointed Lynne Ainsworth as supervisor in the firm’s clinical negligence serious injury team and Nina Sahu who has over 15 years’ experience in clinical negligence claims.
  • Slater Heelis has recruited Daniel Stern as an associate in its dispute resolution team.
  • Primas Law has appointed Sheila Whitton as head of its housing and regeneration team.
  • Davis Blank Furniss has appointed Robert Parkinson to its property team. His new role includes handling the sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties, advising on buying a council house, remortgaging of residential property, transferring ownership and shared ownerships.