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Movers & Shakers: South West

2018

November

  • Ashfords has announced the appointment of Kirstin Cook as a partner.
  • Trowers & Hamlins has appointed Nicholas Burt as a partner in its real estate team.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed education sector specialist Emma Swann as a partner.
  • Thrings has appointed Michael Chilton as a partner in the construction team.
  • Beale & Company has promoted David McArdle to partner in Bristol.
  • DPG Law has announced that Christina Juman, Connie Sozi, Daniel Carey and Frances Lipman have been made salaried partners.
  • Clarke Willmott has appointed Gavin Morgans as an associate and Melanie Smith as a solicitor.
  • Metcalfes Solicitors has appointed Julian McCarthy as a senior solicitor in the family team.
  • Porter Dodson has appointed Lauren Preedy as an associate in the family team based in Taunton.
  • Davies and Partners Solicitors has promoted Nayur Zahoor to legal director and the head of its dedicated wills, trust and probate team.
  • Frettens has appointed Wayne Spolander as a corporate and commercial associate.
  • Coodes Solicitors has appointed Chloe Liddicoat as a member of the residential property team.
  • Battens Solicitors has promoted Sarah Ford, a residential property specialist, from associate to senior associate in the Wareham office.
  • James Kidner joins the Bournemouth office of Trethowans. He heads up the new commercial property team.
  • Simpson Millar has promoted public law specialist Samantha Hale to partner in the Bristol office.
  • Foot Anstey has hired Patrick Wetherall as a partner. He is a property litigation specialist.
  • Coodes Solicitors has announced that partner and clinical negligence specialist Julie Hatton has returned to the firm where she began her career and qualified as a solicitor.
  • Steele Raymond has welcomed newly qualified solicitor Alice Toop to its dispute resolution team.
  • Dale Edwards, who stood down from the role of chief executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce earlier in 2018, has been engaged by Clarke Willmott as a consultant specialist in nuclear energy and infrastructure.
  • Thomas Christie and Sarah Dent have qualified as solicitors at BPE into the commercial property and commercial teams respectively.

October

  • Ashfords has appointed Paul Butterworth as a partner in the firm’s real estate team.
  • Royds Withy King has appointed Catherine Welch as a partner in the construction & engineering team.
  • Irwin Mitchell has welcomed a family law solicitor Satya Bagga to its Bristol office.
  • Patrick Firebrace has been appointed as director of finance at Veale Wasbrough Vizards.
  • BPE has appointed Emma Hickson as a senior associate in its commercial team.
  • Hannah Mills has qualified as a solicitor into the family team at BPE.
  • Johanna Hammersley has joined Steele Raymond’s commercial property team as an associate.
  • Mowbray Woodwards has appointed Janette Woodland as associate and head of the commercial property team.
  • Woollcombe Yonge Solicitors has appointed Gary Burns as a senior commercial property solicitor.
  • Thrings has appointed Chris Elias as a relationship director

September

  • The Taunton office of Clarke Willmott has appointed chartered tax adviser Imogen Lea.
  • Rebecca Jones, a family specialist, has joined the family team at Metcalfes Solicitors.
  • Jordans Corporate Law Limited has appointed Declan Goodwin as an associate director.

August

  • Keystone Law has announced the arrivals of IP, technology and media lawyer Jessica Bent and commercial property specialist Caroline Entwistle.
  • BPE Solicitors has appointed Rebecca Pike as a senior associate in the family team.
  • Emsleys Solicitors has appointed Rebecca Ryan as solicitor.
  • Ex-Kitsons solicitor Natalie Dyson has joined Keystone’s commercial property team.
  • Porter Dodson has appointed David Culshaw as an associate solicitor in the corporate commercial team.
  • Foot Anstey has recruited Mark Millar as a corporate partner from his role as general counsel and company secretary at AA plc.
  • Clarke Willmott has announced four promotions at its Taunton office: Sarah Manley becomes a senior associate, whilst Irene Richardson, Polly Ridgway and James Edmondson are associates.

July

  • Ashfords has appointed Neel Mehta as a partner in its construction and infrastructure team.
  • Beers LLP has appointed partner James Canning as head of litigation.
  • DAC Beachcroft has announced the appointment of Andrew Keith as its new chief operations officer.
  • Stone King has welcomed Amanda Loran as finance director.
  • Devon firm Beers LLP has welcomed solicitor Kevin Digby to the firm where his practice covers a range of civil litigation matters.
  • Lyons Davidson has made a number of senior manager/partner appointments. In  Bristol they are Laura Merry, Faye Schneider, Tom Stenning, Catherine Turner and Jessica Waterlow.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed Robin Koolhoven as a partner.
  • Nash & Co Solicitors in Plymouth has welcomed Nick Winslet to the firm as a partner in the commercial property team.
  • Willans has appointed Chris Wills as a partner in the corporate and commercial team.
  • Steele Raymond has appointed Paula Eckton as a partner in its company and commercial team.
  • Tozers has announced the appointment of three new partners: Melanie Burton, Julia Knight and Simon Mansfield.
  • Demelza Pallant, head of personal injury at WSP Solicitors, has been made a partner at the firm.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed Deanne Hamilton as an associate in the restructuring and insolvency team.
  • Maitland Walker has welcomed senior associate Anna Neil to its private client team.
  • Stephens Scown has appointed two new sector heads: IP associate Thomas Chartres-Moore has become head of food and drink.
  • Laceys Solicitors has appointed Sonia Sharp as a planning solicitor.
  • The Launceton office of Devon firm WBW Solicitors has welcomed chartered legal executive Anne Winders.
  • Steele Raymond has appointed solicitor Lauren Hayes to its dispute resolution team.

June

  • Womble Bond Dickinson has recruited competition partner Andrij Jurkiw
  • A number of lawyers have been promoted in Osborne Clarke’s UK practice- Alice Conway, Adam Love, Tom Harding and Matthew Germain.
  • Capsticks has promoted Chris Skinner to its partnership
  • Thrings has announced the appointment of new partners. Natalia Sokolov, Robert Barnes and Alice Altounyan.
  • Stephens Scown has announced a number of promotions. Ellie Hibberd and Sarah Walls have been promoted to partner.
  • Kitsons has appointed Nicholas Johnson and Rhodri Davey as its new joint managing partners
  • Boyce Hatton has announced the promotion of Cheryl Smith to partner with effect from 1 May 2018.
  • Alexandra Gower has been promoted to legal director at Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office.
  • Tamara Rundle, has joined Battens Solicitors as a consultant.
  • Capsticks has announced a number of promotions- Clive Adams has been promoted to legal director.
  • Gregg Latchams has welcomed three new lawyers to the firm
  • Jordans Corporate Law Limited has appointed Victoria McMeel as head of employment law
  • Coles Miller Solicitors has promoted three of its lawyers to associate level. They are: Lianne Clenton Bray, Anne Albritton and Lindsey Arnold.
  • Stephens Scown has announced a number of promotions Thomas Chartres-Moore has been promoted to associate and Charlotte Trussler has been promoted to team co-ordinator.
  • Kitsons has announced the promotion of four new associates- Natalie Carey, Marjorie Creek, Jenna Hamilton-Pursglove and Carolyn Croft.
  • Boyce Hatton Solicitors has appointed Andrew Macmillan as head of employment Law.
  • Boyce Hatton has promoted solicitor Christine Shute to associate and head of the firm’s private client department
  • Coodes Solicitors has appointed Claire Gummow as a conveyancing executive
  • Emma Costin has joined Emsleys solicitors as director and head of asbestos illness & occupational disease claims
  • Clarke Willmott has announced a number of partner promotions, including TimCopplestone and Natalie Read.
  • Stephens Scown has appointed its first deputy managing partner - Richard Baker.
  • Steele Raymond has welcomed Rosanna Parker, a newly qualified solicitor.
  • Devon firm Boyce Hatton has announced the promotion of Kate Barton to equity partner, and the promotion of Rebecca Holloway and Cheryl Smith to salaried partner.
  • Irwin Mitchell has welcomed associate Marjha Golding-Evans to its family law team.
  • Michelmores has announced that a number of trainees are qualifying in September 2018. Lela Turkia, Harry Cousens, Rob Bailey, Seema Nauna and Christa Feltham.
  • Willans has announced a number of senior promotions. Susanne O’Riordan and Steve Diamond have been promoted to senior associates. Hilary Bannister has been promoted to associate. Jenny Hawrot has become associate solicitor. Jonathan Eager has been made an Associate.
  • Tozers LLP has announced that Joanna Parry has qualified as a solicitor.
  • Coodes Solicitors has appointed Machaela O’Brien to join its specialist family Team. Lodders has appointed Nicola Smith, an agricultural, equine, commercial and rural property law specialist, as a senior associate.

May

  • Humphries Kirk has appointed Katharine Jones as senior partner.
  • TLT has made a number of promotions to legal director. They are: Emma Cork, Juno Davidson, Sian Davies, Mark Sage and Debbie Gale.
  • Battens Solicitors has appointed Nicholas Robinson as a consultant.
  • Gregg Latchams LLP has appointed Charles Metherell to head its business consultancy arm.
  • Simmons & Simmons has announced the promotion of a number of lawyers. They include Caroline Turner-Inskip (Bristol, real estate) and Olly Jones (Bristol/London, employment).
  • DAC Beachcroft has announced a number of partner promotions, including John Hinton (claims solutions) and Frances Keenan (real estate).
  • Meade King has promoted Samantha Piper to partner and head of the tax and estate planning team.
  • Royds Withy King has appointed Richard Roth as a partner in its real estate team.
  • Stone King has announced that Caroline Taylor has has joined the firm as a partner.
  • Kerry Graham, head of family law at Metcalfes Solicitors, has been promoted to partner.
  • Lester Aldridge has announced a number of newly qualified solicitors. At the firm’s Bournemouth office, Elin Thomas and Christopher Parsons qualified into the fast track debt recovery team and Luke Marshall qualified into the international private client team.
  • Specialist wills and probate solicitor Becci Newton has joined the tax, trusts, wills & probate team at Steele Raymond.
  • WBW Solicitors has announced five associate promotions: Andrea Coish (family); Jo Aggett (family); Gill Bratcher (property); Caroline Jennings (property): and Natalie Bray (private client).
  • Woollcombe Yonge has welcomed solicitor Nicki Cozens to its family law team.

April

  • Humphries Kirk has expanded its conveyancing team with the appointments of Kate Wadsworth, Natasha Macdonald, Sean Reeves and Louise Arnold.
  • Wollen Michelmore has welcomed dispute resolution solicitor Simon Bean as an associate solicitor.
  • Thrings has appointed two newly qualified solicitors in the South West: Alexia Aradipiotis and Carys Webb.
  • Coles Miller Solicitors has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Katie Owen.
  • Coodes Solicitors has announced that Mark Bailey has qualified as a solicitor and has joined the commercial property team.
  • Sally Manning at Battens Solicitors has been promoted to associate.
  • Burges Salmon has appointed Ian Carnochan and Richard Adams as partners.
  • Porter Dodson has appointed a new partner in its family team, Cathryn Smith.

March

  • Osborne Clarke has appointed Colin Stratton as a partner in the real estate team.
  • Clarke Willmott has appointed Bonita Walters as a partner in its commercial and private client litigation team based in Bristol.
  • Lodders has appointed employment lawyer Nick Rowe and private client specialist Jessica Beddows as joint heads of the Cheltenham office.
  • Will MacFarlane has joined Royds Withy King’s family team in Bath as a partner.
  • Bournemouth firm Dutton Gregory will merge with Turners Solicitors at the end of March 2018.
  • Foot Anstey has promoted Rebecca Kibby to a new role as CEO.
  • Kathryn Broughton and Zaia Ndokera have both qualified at BPE Solicitors into the corporate and family teams.
  • Royds Withy King has welcomed partner Will MacFarlane to its family law team.
  • Stone King has appointed solicitor Ruth Slader as a member of the family and mediation team.

February

  • Ashfords has appointed Bristol real estate specialist, Kate Topp to its property team
  • Barcan+Kirby has announced the promotion of Alex Castiglione, head of commercial property, to partner.
  • Sarah Jackson at BLB Solicitors, has completed training with the Family Mediators Association
  • Dunn & Baker has promoted associate solicitor Sarah Finn to partner
  • Marlborough Law Limited has been launched in Wiltshire. The new firm is formed by Alex Atkins, Karen Salmon and Mike Salmon.
  • Porter Dodson has recently appointed a new partner in its residential property.
  • Trowers & Hamlins has announced that it will be retaining six out of seven trainees who are qualifying this spring, including Sophie Emerson-McIntee in Exeter.
  • Amicus Law has welcomed Peter Watkin to the firm.
  • Dunn & Baker has appointed associate solicitor Kathy Trist as head of general civil litigation
  • Alison Whittingham has been made an associate solicitor
  • Frettens has appointed solicitor Ben Cobb as a member of the commercial property team.
  • David Morris and Shalini Jagmohan have both qualified as solicitors at Gregg Latchams
  • Clarke Willmott has made a number of promotions in the debt recovery team. Phil Roberts has been promoted from senior associate to partner and along with partner, Kat Quinton, will be responsible for jointly leading the team.
  • Steele Raymond has appointed a new head of family law at its head office in Bournemouth. Joining the firm as a partner is Daniel Sanders.
  • Mogers Drewett has promoted two associates to partner; David Hill, head of private client, and Thomas Chiffers, head of tax and trusts.
  • At Irwin Mitchell Hayley Trim has been promoted to senior associate whilst Court of Protection lawyer David Threadingham has become an associate.
  • Wolferstans has appointed Alex Jeffery as a solicitor in the disputes and litigation team.
  • Willans has appointed Katie Duthie as a solicitor in the litigation & dispute resolution team.
  • Wollen Michelmore has promoted Emma Mitcham, Steve Bell, Wendy Mansell and Tom Calder in the private client team; Amanda Harvey and Elizabeth Larner in the clinical negligence team; while Mark Iddles has been promoted to associate in the property department.

January

  • Stephens Scown has appointed solicitor Holly King to its real estate team.
  • Novum Law has appointed David Lockyer, an experienced commercial lawyer, as the firm’s risk and compliance manager.
  • Ashfords has appointed corporate partner Stuart Matthews.
  • Hine Downing has welcomed solicitor Karen Wright to its residential property team.
  • Womble Bond Dickinson has appointed Andrew Wilson as managing associate.
  • Trethowans has appointed Richard Dollimore as a partner in the private client team.
  • Foot Anstey has appointed Kathryn Evens and Charlotte Mortlock as senior associates in the employment practice.