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2015 – Yorkshire & Humber


  • Bond Dickinson has appointed Simon Pilling as a corporate partner. He has extensive experience in private equity work acting for both institutional private equity clients and management teams.
  • Taylor & Emmet has launched a contentious probate team. It is headed up by Alex Watkinson who joins the firm as a partner.
  • Shulmans has appointed Jim Wright as a partner in its employment team.
  • Bond Dickinson has welcomed Kiran Chand as a legal director.
  • Schofield Sweeney has appointed Chris Blantern as a partner in the corporate team.
  • Gordons has appointed Alan Herbert as a partner and head of property litigation.
  • DAC Beachcroft has appointed Richard Watkinson to its technology team.
  • Taylor & Emmet has appointed James Parden, who specialises in all commercial and residential matters, as an associate.
  • Wilkinson Woodward has been joined by Kelly Gill as a member of the probate team.
  • Anna Roughley has joined the litigation team at Ware & Kay Solicitors as a paralegal.
  • Williamsons Solicitors has welcomed solicitor Simon Ramshaw to its clinical negligence department.


  • Mills & Reeve has expanded in Leeds with the appointment of Paul Johnson to lead its corporate team.
  • Bevan Brittan has appointed two partners to its new Leeds office. Judith Barnes and Frances Woodhead are both local government specialists. Barnes has over 30 years’ experience working in and with the public sector.
  • Gateley plc has expanded in Leeds with the appointment of David Armitage as a corporate partner who joins from DWF.
  • Blacks Solicitors has made three partner promotions. James Teagle has become a partner in the commercial dispute resolution (litigation) team, Tom Moyes is a partner in the employment team, and Chris Waddingham, who specialises in residential work, is now a partner in the commercial property team.
  • awb Charlesworth Solicitors has promoted James Dunn.
  • John Gaunt & Partners has promoted Christopher Grunert, a licensing specialist, to partner.
  • Lupton Fawcett Denison Till has appointed senior solicitor Paul Richardson to its Sheffield office.
  • Gateley plc has welcomed corporate solicitor Tamanna Keir to the firm.
  • Rebecca Hutchinson has joined Progeny Private Law from Chadwick Lawrence.
  • Michael Lewin Solicitors has announced the appointment of Richard Coulthard as a new director.
  • Sophie Wheeldon and Hollie Burnett have qualified as solicitors at Rollits.
  • Chattertons has appointed solicitor Alice Morgan to its wills, trusts and probate team.
  • Guest Walker & Co has appointed Paula Simpson, a licensed conveyancer, as a member of the residential property team.
  • Freeths has expanded in Leeds with the appointment of two solicitors, Richard Crosland and Rachel Hawrot.
  • Irwin Mitchell has announced the promotions of a number of associates. In the Leeds office they are contentious trust and probate solicitor Julia Burns, together with employment solicitor Padma Tadi and business development manager Robert Cowling.
  • Walker Morris has appointed Craig Looker as an associate in its pensions team in Leeds.
  • James Burrell, a personal injury solicitor, has joined Bridge McFarland from Hudgell Solicitors.
  • Berwins Solicitors has appointed James Talbot as a solicitor in the business team, focusing on commercial, IP and digital issues.
  • Helen Robinson has joined the wills and probate team at Mincoffs Solicitors as a solicitor.
  • Beaumont Legal has appointed Libby Holding as head of wills & probate.
  • O’Melveny & Myers has announced that senior international M&A and corporate finance lawyer Sevda Staykova has joined the firm’s London office as counsel.
  • Anna Shonfeld has qualified with Lester Aldridge in London and joins the corporate team.
  • McDermott Will & Emery has appointed Charles Lubar as senior counsel in the London private client group.
  • Dorsey & Whitney has announced that Rajan Shori has joined its London real estate group to lead real estate finance.
  • Volterra Fietta has appointed investor-State disputes and human rights specialist, Suzanne Spears, as counsel.
  • Paul McAleavey has joined Brahams Dutt Badrick French as a solicitor in the employment team.
  • Hodge Jones & Allen has expanded its personal injury team with the appointment of two new solicitors, Steven Violet and Emma Lythell.
  • Wilson Solicitors LLP has welcomed Laura Ralph and Lucia Johnson to the firm as solicitors on the successful completion of their training contracts.


  • HLW Keeble Hawson has promoted Claire Mayfield-Tulip to partner.
  • Taylor & Emmet has appointed Neil Large as a partner in its corporate finance department. He has worked as a corporate solicitor for more than 15 years.
  • Schofield Sweeney has welcomed Richard Fergusson as a partner. Fergusson has 24 years’ experience of advising companies and individuals in stressed situations and is a licensed insolvency practitioner.
  • Walker Morris has appointed trademark attorney Heather Williams to head its trademarks and designs unit.
  • Matt Ramsden has joined Watson Burton as a newly qualified solicitor in its commercial property department.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed solicitor Carla Rist to its contentious probate team.
  • Wrigleys Solicitors has welcomed solicitor Kieran McIvor to its trusts and estates team. He specialises in succession planning and long-term asset protection. Also, Alacoque Marvin has joined the employment team as a newly qualified solicitor.
  • Taylor & Emmet has welcomed newly-qualified Caroline Thomas to its corporate team.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed three solicitors to its commercial practice: Amy Au, Julia Caiger and Tom Stephens.
  • Ridley & Hall has appointed David Amies to lead its commercial property team. David has over 20 years’ legal experience across a broad range of commercial property matters.
  • Lupton Fawcett Denison Till has appointed two senior solicitors – Antonia Moore and Jo Farrow – to its private client team. Collectively they have 15 years’ experiencein the private client sector.
  • Ramsdens Solicitors has welcomed Kirsty Jackson as an associate in the commercial property team and Lubna Shah as a new solicitor in the family team.
  • Schofield Sweeney has appointed newly-qualified solicitor Ruth Maltby to its commercial property team.
  • Fiona Easton-Lawrence has joined Hempsons as a solicitor.
  • Ware & Kay has appointed solicitor Sian Foster to its wills and probate team.
  • Conveyancing specialist Jessica Stansfield has joined Wilkinson Woodward. She has 15 years’ experience in wills, probate, powers of attorney, trusts, inheritance tax advice and tax planning.
  • Newtons Solicitors has appointed Claire Weatherley-Wright.
  • Lake Legal has welcomed Samantha Haslam. She has experience of advising on financial settlements and child related issues arising on separation and divorce.


  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed Clare Wiseman as partner in its family team.
  • DWF has appointed Lorraine Carolan as the firm’s national head of counter fraud.
  • Wilkin Chapman has promoted Catherine Harris to head of agriculture.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed Simon Gilmour as partner in the employment team.
    Walker Morris has appointed Ian Errington as director to its real estate team.
  • Freeths has appointed Peter Crawford as a corporate partner.
  • Gordons has appointed two new partners; Patrick Kemp in construction and Diana Smart as
    head of the private client team.
  • Ridley & Hall has appointed three new partners; Vicky Medd, Jill Waddington and Alison Mason.
  • Taylor & Emmet has appointed Elizabeth Rowen as a solicitor and Patrick Macken and Katerina Woodcock as paralegals in the property management team.
  • Walker Morris has retained 13 newly qualified solicitors. They are Sarah Burgman, Richard Brearley, Jon Wharam, Anna Gausden, Andrew Maclean, Alice Wilson, Paul Godsmark, Mark Appleby, Andana Streng, Thomas Broughton, Claire Simmons, Kathryn Brook and Matthew Nixon.
  • Newtons Solicitors has promoted two new directors; Meryn Astwood and Claire Armer.
  • Hethertons has appointed Jessica Roberts as solicitor and head of corporate law.
  • Legal Studio Solicitors has appointed Lindsay Dixon as a consultant solicitor in its litigation practice.
  • M&A Solicitors has appointed John Howard and Sally Howard as consultants.
  • Lyons Davidson has promoted the following to associate; Hannah Boynes and Jessica Wignall in advocacy, Kate Atkins in private client and Gemma Fletcher in recoveries.
  • A new private client firm has launched, Progeny Private Law. The firm has been set up by Frances Davies, Suzannah Farnell, Martin Hasyn and Simon Glazebrook.
  • DLA Piper has named partner Petra Billing, head of property litigation as managing partner.
  • Langleys Solicitors has promoted Carol Dalton and Laura Collins (insurance) and Tamsin Cooper (quality and compliance) to partner and Francoise Vandale and Amanda Gale (private client) and Andrew Cragg (medical law) to partner.
  • Commercial property lawyer David Jameson has joined LCF Law as a partner.
  • Lupton Fawcett Denison Till has welcomed solicitor Jessica Richardson to its commercial property
  • Hempsons has promoted Lucy Cannon to associate.
  • Gordons has recruited employment solicitor Tim Gooder.
  • Langleys Solicitors has promoted Emma Cahill and Sean Riley (insurance) to senior associate, and James Bradley (commercial property) and Sarah Dalton (insurance) to associate, and Lisa
    Gray (private client) and Amy Cowdell (commercial property) to associate. The firm has also
    appointed Peter Hardy as a chartered legal executive in its family law team.
  • Blacks Solicitors has welcomed Anna Rhodes in the family team, Sonia Lonsdale in the corporate and commercial team and Andy Boyde in the sports and employment team.
  • Andrew Jackson has announced that Daniel Hammond (corporate), Jody Horth (corporate), Deborah Gilpin (private client) and Andrea Hewitt (property) have become associates.
  • LCF Law has appointed two new solicitors to its personal law team. Deborah Kay joins as an associate solicitor in personal and property law and Amjed Zaman joins as a solicitor.
  • SJP Law has announced that Sarah Clark has joined the firm’s clinical negligence and personal injury team.<%

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