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The merger of law firms Beachcroft and Davies Arnold Cooper was set to complete on 31 October 2011 creating a £175m turnover business. The firm, to be known as DAC Beachcroft, will have 230 partners and 2,000 members of staff

Irwin Mitchell has appointed Paul Firth as regional managing partner for its Sheffield office. He was previously with DLA where he was office managing partner at their Sheffield office

Gordons has strengthened its commercial property team with the appointment of solicitors Tom Castle and Kate Johnson

Peter Fleming has joined The Needle Partnership as a partner and head of commercial property

Ward Hadaway has recruited Andrew Pliener as a partner

Thompsons Solicitors has promoted partner Samantha Hemsley to national co-ordinator for serious injury

Optima Legal has promoted Paul Mason, senior supervising solicitor across the firm’s Newcastle and Bradford offices, to partner. Also promoted to partner is Chris Taylor, head of repossession services

Kerry Waters has joined the employment group of Watson Burton in Leeds

Stephen Cirell has been appointed by Walker Morris as a consultant in the renewables, energy and resources team. He was previously the lead director of the Green Cornwall programme at Cornwall Council

Optima Legal has appointed Emma Stirk as an associate and supervising solicitor in its asset finance team

Harrogate Family Law has appointed Linda Nawoj. She joins from Mills & Reeve in Leeds

Judith Clark has joined Walker Foster as head of insolvency. She has previously worked at Addleshaw Booth, Schofield Sweeney and Levi Solicitors as well as for the Department of Trade and Industry in Manchester

Tim Wheldon has joined the corporate team of the Leeds office of Addleshaw Goddard

Christopher Noble, head of the clinical negligence team at Atherton Godfrey, has been made a partner

Leeds firm Lupton Fawcett has acquired the Harrogate & Tees Valley based practice of Davidson Large

The Leeds office of Shulmans has appointed Marcus Armstrong as a partner in its corporate finance team. Marcus joined from Lupton Fawcett where he was corporate finance director for three years

Rachel Neems has joined the corporate team of Clarion Solicitors. Rachel was formerly a partner at Keeble Hawson LLP for five years. The team has also promoted Jonathan Simms to senior associate

Family solicitor Neil Dring has joined Jarvis Family Law

Williamsons Solicitors in Hull has strengthened its personal injury department with the appointment of Paul Smith who has qualified as a solicitor

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