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Movers & Shakers: North West



  • Addleshaw Goddard has appointed planning partner Glenn Sharpe to its northern practice.
  • Hill Dickinson has appointed Ivor Long as a partner in its national insurance practice.
  • Fieldfisher has appointed Ian Austin as managing partner.
  • Weightmans has recruited commercial litigator Damian Carter as a partner.
  • TLT has appointed partner John Hyde. He has experience in the commercial property sector.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed Gerard Hanratty as a partner in its health sector team.
  • Harrison Drury Solicitors have promoted John Osborne to be its new head of family law.
  • Hilary Meredith Solicitors has appointed Peter Watson as its new CEO.
  • Gorvins has appointed Nicola McInnes as its new head of family law.
  • Russell & Russell has set up a personal injury department. Claire McKenzie will lead the department. The firm has also appointed two new solicitors to its family department; Donna Leigh and Hilary Farren.
  • Bromleys Solicitors has welcomed three new solicitors. Sue Darlington joins the private client team, Rubina Begum joins the corporate and commercial services team and Jessica Horsman joins the care proceedings and social services team.
  • Baines Wilson has appointed Imogen Duck to its dispute resolution and litigation team.
  • Burnetts Solicitors has announced the appointment of partners Natalie Ruane and Joanne Stronach as joint had of employment and HR.
  • JMW Solicitors has recruited corporate partner Damien Brown.
  • Andrew Davidson has re-joined Berg as a partner.
  • Irwin Mitchell has announced a number of promotions to senior associate. They are Dina Lambourne, Katrina London (personal injury); Emily Williams, Emma Tonge, Paul Barnard, Vanessa Rickard (real estate); Glen Walker and Steph Higgs (Ascent); Mathieu Culverhouse (public law); Nathaniel Groarke (family); and Kate Byers (pensions).
  • Slater Heelis has appointed Camilla Thornberry as an associate solicitor in the commercial property department.
  • Karen Yates has joined the wills & estate planning team at Napthens.
  • Vincents Solicitors has appointed senior solicitor Debora Harrison to its clinical negligence team.
  • Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall has appointed Katharine Marshall to head up the family law department.
  • Paul Crowley & Co has appointed Philip Barnes as its new operations director.
  • Land Law has appointed two new property solicitors to the firm; Nicola Jackson and Ellen McDermott.
  • Freeths has announced the promotion of Graeme Danby to director.
  • Brabners LLP has made a number of senior appointments. Victoria Trigwell has joined the firm’s commercial and intellectual property team as an associate. Ioana Ghiurco also joins as an intellectual property and trademark administrator. Andrew McGregor has joined the sports practice as an associate.


  • 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.