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2016 – South West


  • Trowers & Hamlins has appointed Georgina Savill-James as a partner in the real estate team.
  • Veale Wasbrough Vizards has promoted David Bird and Jessica Booz to partners in the firm’s real estate team.
  • Royds Withy King has welcomed two new partners to their health and social care team, James Sage and Hazel Phillips.
  • Boyce Hatton has appointed Warren Douglas as a partner in the commercial property team.
  • Michelmores has appointed Lisa Benham as a solicitor in its disputed wills & trusts team.
  • Chartered legal executive Julie Hatton has joined the clinical negligence/personal injury team at Nalders.
  • Humphries Kirk has appointed Kelly Taylor as a solicitor in the private client team. Meanwhile, Abigail Doggrell has qualified into the private client department.


  • Stone King has appointed Helen Tucker as a partner in the independent schools team.
  • Everys Solicitors has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Caroline Parker to its private client team.
  • Duane Roystone has joined BLB Solicitors as a member of the conveyancing team.
  • Burnetts Solicitors has appointed Daniel Addis as a senior planning consultant.
  • BPE Solicitors has promoted six new partners: Helen Cankett (family); Peter Tyrell (private client); Jonathan Sawtell-Gist (private client); Rebecca Maxwell (commercial property); Riyaz Jariwalla (litigation); and Heyma Holmes (employment).
  • Foot Anstey has appointed Clive Hetherington as an adviser to the firm, particularly focused on the banking & financial services sector.
  • BPE Solicitors has made several new appointments. Louise Grzasko joins the corporate team as a senior associate. Jennifer Emerson has become an associate solicitor in the private client department. The science & technology team welcomes solicitor Caroline Hart.
  • Willans has appointed Caroline Leviss as an associate in the corporate and commercial team.
  • Tozers has appointed Louise Barber as a solicitor in the family law team.
  • DAC Beachcroft has appointed Joanne Owers as a partner in its national employment and pensions practice.
  • Michelmores has appointed Chris Hoar as a partner and head of construction and engineering in the real estate team. They have also welcomed Stephen McColgan as a partner in the real estate.
  • Loney Stewart Holland has recruited Richard Loney, who has experience in insurance and professional liability. Alistair Stewart has also joined. He advises on contract disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes.
  • Kathryn Insall has joined Trowers & Hamlins as a senior associate in the litigation team.
  • Royds Withy King has welcomed solicitor Nicky Banks.
  • Jordans Corporate Law Limited has appointed Anthony Young to its senior team.
  • Darren Francis has qualified into the family law department at Coles Miller Solicitors.


  • Foot Anstey has appointed Paul Sankey as partner in the firm’s clinical negligence group.
  • Steele Raymond has launched a construction team which will be led by partner Peter Rolph.
  • Mowbray Woodwards has welcomed Heledd Wyn as an associate solicitor.


  • Withy King has appointed solicitor Tom Britten where he will specialise in wills, powers of attorney, inheritance disputes and claims for financial provision.
  • Stone King has appointed Philip Lawrence as an associate solicitor.
  • WBW Solicitors has appointed Ashley Bevans as an associate solicitor in the commercial property team.
  • Woollcombe Yonge has welcomed solicitor Michelle Pepper to its wills, probate and trusts department.
  • Trethowans has strengthened its agricultural and rural property team with the appointment of Grainne Alen-Buckley as a partner.
  • Foot Anstey has appointed Luke Gabb as a senior member of the energy practice.
  • Ford Simey has appointed Sabina Smith as a family solicitor.
  • Tom Evans, a wills and probate specialist, has joined the private client team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys as an associate solicitor.
  • Ugo Hayter has joined DPG Law as a solicitor. Hayter specialises in public law and actions against the police.
  • GA Solicitors has made two appointments to its property team. Jonathan Bouchta has joined the firm as an associate. Catherine Gill, who has also joined, has extensive experience in complex real estate matters.


  • Laceys Solicitors has welcomed Jeremy Channon to their corporate and commercial department team. His experience includes advising on sales and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, restructures and corporate governance.
  • Gordon Lutton Solicitors has promoted wills and estates solicitor Tristan Lewis to associate.
  • Hughes Paddison has made three senior appointments; commercial property specialist, Richard Handley, Peter Jackson, a consultant solicitor in the private client department and Simon Hodges, an associate in the residential property team.
  • Safeena Holiday and Amy Leung have qualified as solicitors at Frettens. Holiday qualifies into the commercial property team and Leung into the family team.


  • Bond Dickinson has appointed Samantha Orluta as a legal director in its real estate team.
  • Ashfords has appointed Zoe Porter as a partner and head of the family team.
  • Lyons Davidson has made a number of appointments to partner/senior manager, including Joanna Laidlaw (clinical negligence) and Scott Taylor (civil litigation).
  • Coodes Solicitors has appointed four new partners: Sarah Cornish; Sarah Cowley; Melanie Grose; and Jo Morgan.
  • Thrings LLP has appointed Ben Tarrant as a partner in its commercial property department.
  • Knights Professional Services Limited has appointed banking and finance partner Mark Duncan.
  • Ashfords has made a number of senior appointments to the commercial property team in the South West: Alexa Culver joins as an associate in the Exeter office, Amie Vernoum as a solicitor in the Exeter office and Amy Jones as a solicitor in the Plymouth office.
  • Michelmores has appointed solicitor Raj Kaur to its disputes wills and trusts team in Bristol.
  • Thrings LLP has expanded its tax planning and trusts offering to private clients with the appointment of Stephen Horton.
  • Meade King has appointed Katie Ramus as an associate in the commercial property department.
  • Sue Halyard of Tozers Solicitors’ Teignmouth office has been promoted to associate lawyer.


  • DAC Beachcroft has appointed real estate partner Nick Knapman as regional senior partner.
  • Michelmores has announced the appointment of partner Elizabeth Stilwell to the firm’s private client team.
  • Mogers Drewett has appointed Luke Watson as a partner in its dispute team.
  • Beviss and Beckingsale has appointed Emma Northover as a partner.
  • Carbon Law has appointed two new partners; Jonathan Beck is a commercial property lawyer with a focus on business support and Anne Bennett, who is a planning specialist with in-house experience with local authorities.
  • Withy King has appointed Rhiannon Campbell and Richard Gorham as solicitors in the commercial property team.
  • Steele Raymond has appointed Charlene Rimmer as associate conveyancer and Leanne Lewis as legal assistant in the residential property team.
  • Mowbray Woodwards has expanded its private client and residential property team. Solicitor Owen Mason joins the private client team advising on wills trusts, probate and powers of attorney. Newly-qualified solicitor Jennifer Clarke joins the residential property team.
  • Thrings LLP has appointed Caroline Watson as a partner in its commercial litigation team.
  • GA Solicitors has recruited James Walsh as a partner. Walsh is an industrial disease litigator.
  • Coodes Solicitors has appointed Jo Cook, a construction and renewable energy specialist, as a member of the corporate team.
  • Davitt Jones Bould has appointed Zaheer Bashir as a senior associate in the planning and commercial property law teams.
  • Bonallack & Bishop Solicitors has appointed William Parsons as client relationship manager.
  • Osborne Clarke has appointed Will Robertson as a partner in the commercial team. Robertson specialises in IT and data protection.
  • Stephens Scown has appointed partner Catherine Mathews as head of dispute resolution.
  • Sam Hickman, a specialist in family law and divorce, has joined Veale Wasbrough as a partner in the private client team.
  • Associate Sarah Thomson has joined Withy King’s residential property team.
  • Shipla Khanum has qualified into the company and commercial department at Meade King.
  • WSP Solicitors has welcomed conveyancing solicitor Lucy McCallum to the firm. It has also recruited Joseph Mullis to the firm’s head office, he joins as practice manager and has experience in HR and regulatory.


  • Burges Salmon has appointed five new partners with effect from 1st May 2016. Sally Jupp becomes a partner in the firm’s real estate team, Susannah Young and Alice Honeywill become partners in the firm’s pensions team. Simon Tilling becomes a partner in the firm’s projects department. The fifth new partner, Andrew Eaton, is an experienced financial services sector practitioner.
  • Davies & Partners in Bristol has expanded its land acquisition department with the appointment of two solicitors. Associate Richard Vann Jones acts for house builders, developers and landowners. Solicitor Emma Wyatt also joins the land department.
  • Coodes Solicitors has appointed solicitors Tamsin Mann to its commercial property team based in Falmouth.
  • Lanyon Bowdler has appointed Edward Burrell as a solicitor in the corporate and commercial team. Burrell, who qualified in 2010, has particular expertise in drafting and negotiating corporate transaction documentation.
  • Kitsons has recruited associate Corri Pedrick to its corporate team.
  • Plymouth law firm GA Solicitors has promoted two of its commercial solicitors to the position of associate. James Peterson has been with the firm for ten years having joined GA as a trainee in 2006. He specialising in corporate and commercial work. Tony Dupreez also completed his legal training at GA and re-joined the firm in 2013 as a commercial property specialist.


  • Harriet Murray-Jones will be head of energy and renewables and a commercial property partner at the new offices of Harrison Clark Rickerbys.
  • Kitsons Solicitors has appointed Matthew Bryant as a commercial property partner.
  • BPE Solicitors has appointed two new senior associates. Emma Payne is returning to BPE after an absence of ten years; she will join the corporate team. Zoë Reynolds will also join the commercial team.
  • Humphries Kirk has welcomed chartered legal executive Claire Kitchener to its commercial property team.
  • Foot Anstey has appointed Martin Hirst as a partner in the firm’s real estate group.
  • Stephens Scown has appointed partner Jim Gorrod.
  • Wilsons has appointed Frances Mayne as senior partner for a term of four years commencing on 1 March 2016.
  • Osborne Clarke has announced three newly qualified solicitors in its Bristol office. Jonny Gait and Ashley Morris join the corporate team, whilst Becky Cupit joins the commercial litigation practice.
  • Stephens Scown lawyer Jennifer Burden has become a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.
  • Justin Butt, a renewable energy lawyer at Stephens Scown, has become a trustee of Truro-based energy charity Community Energy Plus.
  • Coodes Solicitors has appointed corporate lawyer Gareth White to the firm’s commercial disputes team.
  • Mogers Drewett has appointed Anne-Marie Hamer as a solicitor in the family team.
  • Pardoes Solicitors has appointed Jenny Cottrell, a residential and conveyancing specialist, as manager of the Bridport branch.
  • Veitch Penny has appointed solicitor Alison Parker to the firm.
  • Tozers has appointed Lucy Lamb as a solicitor in the wealth management team.
  • Solicitor Joe Cunningham, head of residential conveyancing at Woollcombe Yonge, has been appointed a trustee of the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund.
  • Beviss and Beckingsale has appointed Mark Noble as practice manager.


  • Bevan Brittan has appointed Tim Rowe as a partner in its property practice. Rowe specialises in commercial property.
  • Tozers has promoted Amy Cater to partner in the firm’s commercial property team. She specialises in planning and licensing work.
  • Clarke Willmott has appointed senior associate Kirill Kruchinin as a member of the corporate team.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed Annabel Hull as an associate solicitor in the commercial property team.
  • Trethowans has appointed partner Sarah Wheadon to lead its new health and safety and regulatory division
  • Wilsons has appointed senior associate Daniel Sanders and associate Sarah Wood-Heath to its family law team.
  • Esther Stirling has joined the litigation team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys. She has extensive experience as a commercial and property litigator.
  • Coodes Solicitors has expanded its residential property team with the appointment of a new conveyancer, Mark Florey.
  • Isobel Yandle and Wendy Mansell have joined the private client team at Wollen Michelmore.
  • Wards Solicitors has appointed Duane Roystone to the firm as a residential conveyancing solicitor.
  • Tracey Waygood has joined Wollen Michelmore as business development manager.


  • Foot Anstey has appointed partners Karen Bates and Chris Worrell to its board.
  • Trethowans has made two new partner appointments to its family team; Emma Wilders-Pratt and Juliet Mayhew.
  • Foot Anstey has appointed Bart Obszynski as a senior associate in the private wealth group. It has also appointed Jackie Brock-Doyle as a non-executive director to its board.
  • Leanne Weather, a family law specialist with 27 years’ experience, has joined Humphries Kirk.
  • Trethowans has appointed Jamie Earley as an associate in the corporate and commercial team.

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