Rupert Bent has joined Walker Morris as a partner and head of the intellectual property department.
Raworths has promoted Matthew Hill to partner.
Schofield Sweeney has acquired Leeds-based Cohen Cramer’s dental law practice and has welcomed corporate lawyer David McEwan to the firm.
Dan Stowers has been welcomed at Gordons as a partner and head of the regulatory and business crime team.
Rebecca Whisker has been appointed at Irwin Mitchell as a pensions solicitor. Michael Hall has also been appointed as a solicitor in the corporate and commercial team
Berwins solicitors has promoted Mike Patterson to senior associate in the employment team.
Simon Blake has been appointed at Walker Foster Solicitors as a member of the commercial team following a merger between Walker Foster and his specialist employment law firm, Simon Blake Solicitor Limited.
Colin Dixon has been appointed at The Needle Partnership as a partner in commercial property.
Ryan Marsh has joined the family team at Oxley & Coward as a solicitor.
Peter Foskett has been welcomed at Lupton Fawcett as a partner in the family law department.
Ragan Montgomery, a partner at LCF Law and head of the firm’s wills, trusts and estates dispute department, has become a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).
Paul Smith has been appointed at Taylor & Emmet as a partner in commercial litigation.
Optima Legal has welcomed Craig Underwood as a director and head of legal services.
Jenny Arrowsmith has been appointed at Irwin Mitchell as an associate in the employment team. Gary Clarkson has also been appointed as a senior manager.
Helen Forster has been promoted to associate at Simpson Millar.
Deborah Laidlaw has been welcomed at Stowe Family Law LLP as a solicitor in the family team.
Nick Fraser has returned to Andrew Jackson as a consultant. Charlotte O’Connor has also been welcomed as a paralegal in the ship finance team.
Eleanor Milner has been promoted to associate in the private client team at Langleys Solicitors. Sarah Valentine has also been promoted to associate in regulatory.
Lupton Fawcett has recruited a family law team, solicitor Matthew Miles and chartered legal executive Sarah James join with partner Peter Foskett.
Wendy Scott has been appointed at Eaton Smith as a solicitor in the corporate and commercial team.
Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall has welcomed newly-qualified Eleanor Cornthwaite to its commercial property team on the completion of her training contract.
Blacks has appointed Helen Saunders as HR manager and has also retained two newly-qualified solicitors who have recently completed their training with the firm. Geoff Cunningham joins the insolvency team while Stephanie Round joins the family law team.
Florence Hiskey, Jemma Green and Sarah Harrison have qualified as solicitors at Clarion Solicitors.