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Movers & Shakers: South West



  • Ashfords has announced the appointment of Andy Braithwaite as head of the commercial team.
  • Burges Salmon has announced the appointment of five new partners. Emma Folkes will become a partner in the firm’s real estate team; Ian Tucker and Michael Ward will become partners in the firm’s dispute resolution department; the fourth new partner, Chris Worrall, is an experienced EU competition and antitrust lawyer and joins the firm’s competition team; whilst Jeremy Bell joins as a partner in the funds and asset management team.
  • Thrings LLP has expanded its private client team with the appointment of Awen Mellick as a partner.
  • Gregg Latchams LLP has welcomed Nick Jones as an associate director and head of employment and corporate support.
  • Kitsons Solicitors has announced two partner promotions. Jonathan Dickson is dual-qualified as a private client solicitor and taxations technician; Corri Pedrick is a member of the corporate team.
  • Clarke Willmott has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Ben Tasker to the firm on the successful completion of his training contract.
  • Murrell Associates has announced that Rachel Plunkett has qualified after completing her training with the firm. She qualifies into the firm’s corporate and commercial team.
  • Chris Haywood has joined Gregg Latchams LLP as an associate solicitor.
  • Wollen Michelmore has appointed Darren Heard to its property department and has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Reuben Barnett to the same team on the completion of his training contract.
  • Wollen Michelmore has appointed Darren Heard as a solicitor in the property department.
  • Jane Swannell has joined The Family Law Company in Exeter as a solicitor in the divorce and finance team.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed Michael Chambers as a health partner in its clinical negligence practice.
  • Osborne Clarke has retained both spring 2017 qualifiers: Peter Barratt (commercial) and Charlotte Guest (real estate).
  • Everys Solicitors has appointed Nick Wills as a member of the investment management team.
  • Thrings LLP has appointed five newly-qualified solicitors: Simon Bosworth (commercial litigation, Bristol); Tara Connor (family, Swindon); David Geller (company commercial, Swindon); Hannah Mannion (planning, Bristol); and Megan Prideaux (family, Bath).
  • Stone King has made a number of senior appointments. Lily Langlois joins the commercial property team. Probate specialist Amjed Zaman joins and Sarah Hindle joins the family team.
  • Hughes Paddison has appointed Jon Rathbone as a director in the corporate and commercial department.
  • Humphries Kirk has welcomed Amy Mowlam as a conveyancer in the land law team.
  • Sarah Taylor has joined the property disputes team at Royds Withy King.


  • Clarke Willmott has appointed Philip Thompson as a partner in the commercial property team.
  • Trethowans has expanded its private client team with the appointment of solicitor Derek Bryer.
  • Wollen Michelmore has appointed solicitor Gemma Stevens to the firm’s family law team.
  • Robert Hearne, a family lawyer specialising in childcare case, has joined the family team at Royds Withy King.
  • Lester Aldridge has appointed Kate Stewart as a partner and head of the property litigation team.
  • Steele Raymond has appointed Kayleigh Medland as a solicitor in the commercial property department.
  • Capsticks has appointed Spencer Vella Sultana as a development partner in the housing team.
  • Ashfords has appointed James Hemsley as a senior associate in the property litigation team.
  • Bonallack & Bishop Solicitors has made two senior appointments. Sarah Dixon joins the private client department. Kim Higgs joins the specialist leasehold property team.
  • Coodes Solicitors has recruited David Smith to its residential property team.
  • Coles Miller Solicitors has appointed employment solicitor Emily Cox to its commercial litigation team.
  • Dunn & Baker, a QualitySolicitors firm, has appointed Damian Gorman, a wills, trusts and estates specialist, as a solicitor.
  • Everys Solicitors has appointed newly qualified solicitor Julie Chapman as a member of the residential conveyancing team.
  • Gemma Gilvear has qualified into the litigation department at Humphries.
  • Porter Dodson has appointed Anusheh Burcher as an associate solicitor in the dispute resolution team.


  • Michelmores has appointed Asheesh Das as a partner in the banking and finance team.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed partner Andrew Walker as its new head of property litigation.
  • Foot Anstey has appointed Ian Stubbs as a partner in the firm’s construction team.
  • Tozers has appointed James Evans as a partner in the charity law team.
  • Bevan Brittan has appointed Tim Bartlett as its new director of business development and marketing.
  • Trethowans has expanded its residential property team with the appointment of solicitor Mariana Crawford and solicitor Laura Russell.
  • Nalders Solicitors has welcomed Becca Watkins to its private client department.
  • Mogers Drewett has appointed solicitor Jake Stacey to its construction and resolution dispute team.
  • Royds Withy King has welcomed senior associate and family lawyer Kit O’Brien.
  • Tozers has promoted Julia Knight to associate solicitor in the Exeter commercial property team.
  • Foot Anstey has appointed Joanne Rumley as a restructuring and insolvency partner in the corporate team.
  • Trethowans has appointed Mark Nixon as a senior associate in the corporate team.
  • Mark Heath, a senior local authority specialist, has joined Veale Wasbrough Vizards as a consultant.
  • Everys Solicitors has appointed Emma Benyon-Tinker and Kris Seed as members of the family law department.
  • Julian Summerhayes has joined GA Solicitors as a solicitor in its dispute resolution department.
  • Frettens Solicitors has appointed Niki Adkins to the commercial property team.


  • Foot Anstey has made two senior appointments to its charity team; legacy specialist Helen Hoare and Moira Protani.
  • Royds Withy King has appointed a new corporate lawyer Ed Chapman.
  • Battens Solicitors has appointed Ceri Stephens as a director with responsibility for business development, particularly regional expansion.
  • PI firm Novum Law has appointed three new solicitors; Hannah Carr, Declan French and Alison Sayers.