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Gateley has strengthened its corporate, commercial dispute resolution and pensions teams in Birmingham with three new appointments. Jenna Ostrowski joins the corporate team from the Birmingham office of Shoosmiths. Kate Ashwood takes up a position in the corporate dispute resolution team following three years at Leamington Spa-based Wright Hassall. Jill Walters joins the firm’s pensions’ team having previously worked for Hammonds

Shaun McCabe has joined Shoosmiths as a new banking partner. He joins from Browne Jacobson where he was head of its East Midlands banking team
Osborne Clarke has hired CMS Cameron McKenna pensions partner Keith Webster for its Bristol practice
Cobbetts has appointed Roger Potgieter as a partner in its banking and finance litigation team

Gino Sonczak has been appointed by Davis Blank Furniss as litigation executive and head of personal injury in its Glossop office
Laura McIlwain has joined BHW Solicitors as its new head of employment. Laura joins from the National Farmers’ Union
Ruth Creed, Caroline Foster and Sarah Trendell-Smyth have been promoted to associate at the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve
Browne Jacobson has recruited associate Richard Freeth to its Birmingham office

Nick Carter has joined Williamson & Soden ashead of commercial litigation from Anthony Collins Solicitors

Bernadette O’Reilly has joined Hewitsons as a partner in its private client team

Lisa Botterill has joined Shakespeares as a partner in the corporate services team

DWF has grown its asset and consumer finance practice with the appointment of a new finance regulation team in Birmingham. Partner Joanne Davis, former head of Shoosmiths Asset Finance Division, heads up the team

Law firm Freeth Cartwright has joined forces with commercial solicitors Kimbells. The merged business will create a combined network of eight offices

Irwin Mitchell has appointed associate Omer Simjee to its employment team from Pinsent Masons

Brethertons has expanded its personal injury department with the appointment of Jonathan Rees as head of the team

MBM Commercial LLP and Stuart Malcolm LLP have announced their merger and will operate as MBM Commercial LLP

Tees Solicitors has merged with Chelmsford firm Wortley Redmayne Kershaw

East Anglian firm Jackaman Smith & Mulley has re-branded as Jackamans

Birketts has announced the appointment of employment partner Matthew Potter to its Ipswich office

Ashton KCJ is now trading under this name following the merger between Ashton Graham and Kester Cunningham John.

Nelsons has appointed Ella Millett as a solicitor in its private client team

Challinors has recruited specialist family lawyers Richard Gray and Venetia Chatzimichali

Charlotte Clay-Dove has joined Taylor Rose Law as head of the private client department

Tees Solicitors has merged with Wortley Redmayne Kershaw

Marrons has appointed Jane Gardner to its planning consultancy arm as director of planning

Erica Burt-Moore has joined Keelys Solicitors as its new head of wills, trusts and probate

Leeds Day Solicitors has merged with Eaton & Few
Geldards has expanded its clinical negligence team with three appointments. Angelina Rigby joins the firm as head of clinical negligence while Helen Neville and Nye Moloney take on the roles of solicitor and legal executive respectively.

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