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Davis Blank Furniss has promoted Claire Smith to partner in its dispute resolution department.

David Locke and Jonathan Heap have been appointed as salaried members by Hill Dickinson.

Shoosmiths has recruited Karen Fletcher as partner in the employment team.

Jon Mason has been promoted to partner by Gateley.

Cobbetts has recruited Lynn James as a partner in the property team whilst Philip Harman will lead a new specialist immigration team in Manchester. Mark Baldwin has also joined the firm.

Julia Lees has joined Ramsdens as a partner in the commercial team.

Will Henson, Chris Partington and Mark Heptinstall have been made equity members of Slater Heelis.

David Leviten has joined Heatons as a partner in the real estate team. Bill Lister has also joined the firm as a partner in the intellectual property and media team.

Simon Leyland has been appointed as managing partner of Maxwell Hodge.

Horwich Farrelly has promoted three partners. They are: Max Withington, Jared Mallinson and Anna Poynton.

Greg Sher and Nick Ducker have joined Gunner Cooke as partners in the corporate finance team.

Chris Henshaw and Jane Southworth have been promoted to legal director by Eversheds.

Sian Hughes and Richard Parkinson have been promoted to legal director by Pinsent Masons.

Paul Edwards, Michael Burns, Richard McKay and Matt Noon have been promoted to legal director by Hill Dickinson.

Gateley has made a number of promotions. Jemma Bolton, Rick Almond, Nick Warrington, Christopher Davies, Stuart Evans and Helen Russell have been promoted to associate whilst Robert Lye and Russell Forward have both been promoted to senior associate. The firm has also recruited Donna Fitzpatrick and Lisa Woodberry to the corporate team.

Steve Walker is joining Weightmans as a consultant.

Stephensons has promoted several solicitors to associate. They are: Claire Stockley, Mark Fenning, Gillian Davies, Natalie Jones, Nicola Whittle and Julie Wright. Martha McKinley, Carla Twist, Catherine Gaskell and Melanie Varey have all been retained upon successful completion of their training contracts.

Andrew Vigus has been promoted to associate by Brethertons.

James Robinson, Jeremy Lee, Andrew Brown, Claire Critchley and Philip Ball have all joined Neil Myerson.

Neil Armstrong has been appointed a director in the construction group by Semple Fraser.

Deborah Ward has joined Almond Solicitors.

Nikesh Patel has joined Turner Parkinson as a solicitor in the insolvency team.

McCool Patterson Hemsi has recruited Marianna Pasteris as a client enquiry manager.

Simran Foote has joined Pannone as head of human resources.

Orbis Solicitors has recruited Mark Nolan as head of the employment department.

DLA Piper has promoted the following solicitors to legal directors: Anita Brunst, Claire Edwards, Emma Mills, Earle Brady, Rachel Power and Ciaran Stone.

Julie Hodkinson has joined EOS Law as a partner in the real estate team.

Brabners Chaffe Street has recruited David Griffiths as IT director.

Stephen Evans-Jones has joined Heatons as a partner in the real estate team.

Linder Myers has promoted Liz Hall to equity partner whilst Sarah McCarthy has joined as head of the family team.

Kerry Barlow has joined the clinical negligence team at Stephensons.

Slater Heelis has recruited Helen Frankland as a solicitor in the employment team.

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