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Movers & Shakers: Yorkshire & Humber



  • Langleys Solicitors has appointed Andrew Gowar as a partner in its private law division.
  • Gordons has announced three new partner promotions. Sarah Ratcliffe, Greg Dixon and Richard Cressall have been promoted from within the firm’s commercial property, private client and property litigation teams respectively.
  • Ison Harrison has appointed Sarah Laughey to lead its family law team.
  • hlw Keeble Hawson has appointed Michael Hall as an associate. Hall specialises in all aspects of corporate transactions, mergers and acquisition, corporate restructuring, partnerships and LLPs.
  • Shulmans LLP has promoted Lucy Clark to associate.
  • Lupton Fawcett has appointed Arif Khalfe as a director based within the dispute management department.
  • Freeths has expanded its construction team with the appointment of senior lawyer Claire White.
  • Banner Jones has appointed consultant solicitor Steve Williams to the firm. Jones is a commercial and residential property lawyer.
  • Langleys Solicitors has appointed Judy Lankester as an associate solicitor in its private law division.
  • LCF Law has appointed Carley Jackson and Matthew Jones as solicitors in its commercial property division on the successful completion of their training contracts.
  • Commercial property lawyer Geraldine Levison has relocated to Ison Harrison.
  • Karen Brookes has joined Clarion Solicitors IP team as an associate solicitor.
  • DAC Beachcroft has appointed Kirsty Gomersal as a partner in its national safety, health & environment team.
  • hlw Keeble Hawson has appointed Matt Ainsworth as a corporate partner.
  • Shulmans has welcomed two new lawyers to its real estate team; Kate Johnson and Emma Thomas.
  • Newly qualified Maria Shone has joined the agriculture team at Langleys Solicitors.


  • Walker Morris has appointed contracts lawyer Richard Butterworth to its energy, infrastructure and government practice as a senior associate.
  • Lupton Fawcett has announced the appointment of Hugh Thompson as a director in its private client department.
  • Kathryn Hargreaves, a commercial property solicitor, has joined Newtons Solicitors.
  • Punch Robson Solicitors has appointed Noel Barrett as a member of the wills & probate department.
  • LCF Barber Titleys has recruited Katie Hindmarsh to its personal law team.
  • Weightmans has appointed partner Helen Brown to the local government team.
  • Azher Quyoom, who specialises in restructuring, turnaround and insolvency, has joined Andrew Jackson as a partner.
  • Bevan Brittan has appointed James Atkins as a partner in its healthcare property.
  • Ware & Kay has appointed Elizabeth Dunn as a chartered legal executive in the wills and probate team.
  • Emily Grimshaw has joined Clarion Solicitors’ dispute resolution and litigation practice as an associate solicitor.
  • DLA Piper has appointed Allison Page as office managing partner.
  • Taylor & Emmet has promoted Tom Draper to partner and head of the employment law department.
  • LCF Law has appointed solicitor Megan Paul to its personal law team.
  • Ison Harrison has announced the appointment of Steve Gannon as branch manager.
  • Emily Fish has joined the family team at Ramsdens Solicitors.
  • Guest Walker & Co has appointed Sean Gallagher as a solicitor in the commercial property team.
  • Minton Morrill has announced that Michelle Flaga has joined the criminal team.


  • Leigh Martin has joined DLA Piper as a partner in the intellectual property group.
  • Wake Smith has appointed director Suzanne Porter to its private client team.
  • Clarion Solicitors has announced that partner Esther Kirwan has been appointed as head of the firm’s intellectual property practice.
  • Graysons Solicitors has announced that Lucy Flynn has been promoted to partner.
  • Langleys Solicitors has appointed Andrew Gillen to its insurance law division.
  • Simon Hellewell has joined the property team at Ward Hadaway.
  • Mills & Reeve has recruited intellectual property partner Mark Pearce.
  • Andrew Breckenridge, a banking litigation specialist, has joined Gordons as a partner in the commercial litigation team.
  • Freeths has made two senior appointments: Dean Hill joins as a senior associate in the litigation team, whilst Danielle Sinclair joins as a real estate solicitor.
  • Lupton Fawcett has appointed Julian Moran as head of corporate tax.
  • Langleys Solicitors has expanded its medical team with the appointment of an in-house nurse and paralegal.


  • Shoosmiths has appointed dispute resolution and asset finance expert David Farnell.
  • Switalskis Solicitors has welcomed solicitor and Court of Protection deputy Alex Guy, who has joined the firm as a director.
  • Schofield Sweeney has made a number of senior appointments. Paul Cantwell has joined the dispute resolution team as a solicitor. Jennifer Clarke joins the education and projects team as an associate. Zoe Oates has joined the restructuring and insolvency team as an associate. Meanwhile, Kate Fox has joined the corporate team as a legal executive.
  • Williams & Co Solicitors has made three senior appointments. Jonathan Perry has joined as an associate solicitor in the commercial property team. Danielle Burrow, a newly qualified solicitor, joins the dispute resolution team. Meanwhile, Cassie Land, an associate legal executive joins the residential team.
  • Clarion Solicitors has appointed Stephanie Douthwaite as an associate solicitor in the firm’s private client services practice.
  • Langleys Solicitors has appointed Rachael Bacon, a newly qualified solicitor, to its commercial property team.
  • Ramsdens Solicitors has appointed Katarzyna Zatorski as a member of the family team.
  • Emsleys Solicitors has appointed solicitor Joanne Gibson to the firm. Legal assistant Danielle Pyper and chartered legal executive Laura Mackfall have also joined the family law team.
  • Bury & Walkers has appointed Scarlett Cooke to its commercial department.
  • Hethertons has announced the appointment of paralegal Rachel Raper to its family law practice.