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2018- Midlands & The East

August

  • Lewis Addison, has been promoted to partner at Nelsons. Nelsons has also promoted corporate lawyer Alice Rees to partner.
  • mfg Solicitors has appointed inheritance and estates specialist Samantha Freeman to the firm’s private client department.
  • Birketts has announced the appointment of Alex Schaafsma as head of real estate finance.
  • Cozens-Hardy LLP has appointed solicitor Gary Leverett to the firm’s disputes team.
  • Hatch Brenner has appointed litigation executive Pasha Alnadaf to its dispute resolution team.
  • Gosia Bronisz-Handley has qualified as a solicitor into the commercial and agricultural property team at Lanyon Bowdler.
  • Brethertons has welcomed Bukola Obadun-Craigs as a senior associate in the residential property management team.
  • Actons has expanded its employment law team with the appointment of James Symons as an associate and Laura Robinson as a solicitor.
  • Else Solicitors has announced that Amiee O’Toole and Greg Bullock have been promoted to associate solicitors.
  • Stephen Taylor has joined Aaron & Partners as a partner.
  • Steeles Law has welcomed Rachel Sims, Damian Pitts and James Milk to its business law team.
  • Shakespeare Martineau has appointed Alistair Spencer as an associate in the contentious probate team.
  • Ashtons Legal has appointed solicitor Martyn Hayward to its asbestos disease team.
  • Moore & Tibbits Solicitors has been joined by solicitors Sat Bhandal and Becky Tiffin in the commercial property department.
  • Ross Fletcher has qualified into the corporate and commercial department at Spire Solicitors.
  • Nicola Pitt has qualified into the private client team at Wilkes Partnership.
  • Lynsey Cater has joined Lanyon Bowdler’s commercial and agricultural property team based in Shrewsbury.

July

  • mfg Solicitors has made two partner promotions: Darryll Thomas and Jane Morley.
  • Rachael Hobbis, a construction specialist, has joined Higgs & Sons as a partner in the property team.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed Jacqui Atkinson to head up the healthcare employment team.
  • Davitt Jones Bould has appointed Mary Anderson as a commercial property partner.
  • Hogan Lovells has announced the hire of associate Karolina Stein into the real estate finance team.
  • Roythornes has appointed Catherine Rickett to lead its debt recovery team.
  • Hilary Homfray has joined the housing management team at Anthony Collins Solicitors.
  • Alsters Kelley has promoted immigration lawyer Yemi Alli to associate director.
  • Jessica Fletcher-Hall has qualified into the family care department at Alsters.
  • Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors has appointed Joy Hancock, a commercial property specialist, as an associate solicitor.
  • Ellis-Fermor & Negus has welcomed Kevin Allard as a member of the commercial property team.
  • Greenwoods GRM has made five partner promotions: Joanna Scally, Keith Williams, Kerri Pellington-Woodrow, Kelly Peck and Samantha East.
  • Stone King has welcomed employment law specialist Tim Tyndall as a consultant.
  • Lodders has announced Partner Kim Klahn has been appointed to lead the company and commercial team and Mark Miller has been appointed head of the real estate team.
  • Roythornes Solicitors has announced the promotion of Alice Lees, Emma Hill and Iain Hibbert to partner.
  • Trowers & Hamlins has made two senior associate appointments in Birmingham: Jamie De Souza and Nicola Gee.
  • Lyons Davidson has made a number of senior appointments including Amanda Pemberton who has been made an associate.
  • Thursfields has made two senior appointments to its commercial property department. Stewart Coles has been appointed as a senior associate. Meanwhile, Holly Kisiel has been recruited as a solicitor.
  • Wilkin Chapman has appointed Katherine Marshall as a senior solicitor.
  • Woolley & Co has welcomed divorce and family lawyer Michelle Brammer.

June

  • Gateley plc has launched a new residential development team in the East Midlands which will be led by partner Steven Plummer
  • Henry Bermingham has joined Weightmans’ Birmingham office
  • Bevan Brittan has appointed Monica Macheng as a new partner
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has welcomed Clare Day (nee. Titchener) as a partner.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has opened a new office in Cambridge
  • Birketts has opened new headquarters in Princes Street, Ipswich.
  • Capsticks has promoted five lawyers into the partnership
  • Newmarket firms Edmondson Hall Solicitors and Rustons & Lloyds have announced that they are in preparatory
    merger talks.
  • Gowling WLG has promoted nine individuals to legal director Taking up their new roles on 1 July 2018
  • Chrissie Doherty has joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys as head of the residential property team
  • Howes Percival has appointed Rachel McCullough as an associate.
  • The Birmingham office of Freeths has appointed associate solicitor James Modley
  • Else Solicitors has appointed two recently qualified solicitors, Laura Butchart and Daniel Woodall.
  • Weightmans has promoted a numberof new partners including Jasmine Armstrong.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed Tim Rayner as a partner.Clarke Willmott has announced a number of partner promotions, including Fiona Rendell.
  • Birketts has announced the appointment of six new partners. Katie Beaven, Sophia Key, and Rachel McKillop-Wilkin have all been promoted. Additionally, Vicki Chilton, Steven Kay
    And Karl Pocock.
  • Ruth Morris has joined Birketts as a partner in the firm’s agriculture and estates team.
  • The property team in the Birmingham office of Browne Jacobson has expanded with the appointment of two partners – Zo Hoida and Brian Hession.
  • Howes Percival has appointed Simon Franklin, a construction law specialist, as a director in its real estate team.
  • The Wilkes Partnership has announced that Gareth O’Hara and Ellie Holland have been appointed as joint managing partners.
  • The Wilkes Partnership has promoted Amanda Holden to residential conveyancing partner and Gavin Evans to commercial dispute resolution partner.
  • Browne Jacobson has welcomed solicitor Natalie Moustache to its Birmingham office.
  • Ashtons Legal has promoted six new associates. Francesca Easter , Fiona Ouzman, Alexandra Chater, Paul Humphries, Rhian Brook, and Sarah Duncan.
  • Roythornes Solicitors has appointed Michelle Moore as a property specialist.
  • Sills & Betteridge has announced that Nick Flatt has joined the firm as a family law specialist.

May

  • mfg Solicitors has appointed a new partner Clare Lang to its corporate team.
  • Lodders has recruited Paul Wilson as a construction law partner.
  • Lanyon Bowdler has appointed Edward Nutting as a partner in the commercial & agricultural property department.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has made four partner promotions: Anita Hennessey, Victoria Fellows, Alison Goodwin and Rachael Reeves.
  • Howes Percival has expanded its Northampton office with the appointment of partner Mark Davies.
  • Wilkin Chapman has appointed Andrew Holt as senior partner
  • Band Hatton Button has announced that Nick Button is taking over as senior partner.
  • BrookStreet des Roches has announced the appointment of Philip Shaw as managing partner
  • Hatch Brenner has announced that Richard Dilks has been promoted to head of department for the family team.
  • Butcher Andrews has appointed Helen Hemingray as a partner in the commercial property team.
  • Ashtons Legal has announced the appointment of Michael Frape as its new chairman.
  • BHW Solicitors has announced that associate solicitors Paul Davis and Eleanor Rattay have been promoted to partners.
  • Buckles Solicitors LLP has promoted Alejandro Verdu de Haro to partner.
  • Browne Jacobson has added to its counter fraud team with the appointment of Christopher Grocock.
  • Cartwright King has launched wills and probate as a new practice area. The firm has welcomed Sainaz Lalloo, Lindsey Atterbury and Louise Kerr as consultants
  • Stone King has expanded in Birmingham with two new appointments. Senior associates Esther Maxwell and Charlotte Meluish join the education team.
  • Enoch Evans has appointed senior solicitor Mursila Sohail to its commercial property team.
  • Chattertons has appointed Rachael Butler as a solicitor in the family law department.
  • Hatchers Solicitors has promoted Sarah Jane Smith and Jennifer Woods to associates.
  • George Green has promoted Emma Fawkes-Underwood, James Field and Michelle Wooding to associates.
  • BHW Solicitors has promoted solicitor Raj Hundal to associate.
  • Hatchers Solicitors has promoted Emma Jones to practice manager.
  • Shoosmiths has announced a number of new partners promotions including Anna Cartledge (real estate – planning) and Simon McArdle (commercial).
  • Louise Bland has joined the corporate claims team at Eversheds Sutherland as a partner.
  • Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth has appointed Jonathan Gist as a partner.
  • Ashtons Legal has appointed Colin Makin, Amy Richardson and Thomas Bailey as partners in the firm.
  • Browne Jacobson has announced a number of promotions across its offices. Promoted to partner in Birmingham are: Ryan Harrison (commercial); Rachael Morris (health) and in Nottingham: John Appleyard (government, regulatory and advocacy), Ben Bentley (government, regulatory and advocacy) – (partner barrister); Victoria Curran (technical claims & social care) and Damian Whitlam (health).
  • Spratt Endicott has appointed Andrew Woods as managing director.
  • Spearing Waite has appointed Rachael McConaghie as a partner and head of its real estate dispute resolution team.
  • Spearing Waite has launched a banking and finance team with the appointment of banking lawyer Haydon Simmonds as a partner.
  • DAC Beachcroft has announced a number of senior promotions in its claims solutions business in Birmingham. Helen Arthur, Satnam Dadra, Jonathan Hill, Paul Large and Andrew Thomson have all been made associates.
  • Bevan Brittan has announced a number of promotions. Promoted to senior associate are: James Gutteridge (employment); Kirtpal Kaur- Aujla (commercial and infrastructure) and promoted to associate are: Chris O’Donnell (clinical risk) and Marie Shoulder (clinical risk).
  • FBC Manby Bowdler has made two senior appointments to its wills, probate and lifetime planning team. Graham Fuller joins as a senior associate and Carina Kervin as an associate.
  • Spratt Endicott has promoted solicitor Emma Buck to associate in its commercial property team.
  • Lodders has added three litigation lawyers to its dispute resolution team: Tom Ellis, Lauren Smith and Caroline Walford-Cowley.
  • Spire Solicitors has announced the promotion of Susan Ward and Ejike Ndaji to partner.
  • Andrew Carrier has joined Ward Gethin Archer’s commercial team.

April

  • Wilkin Chapman has appointed Wendy Spalding-Siracusa as a partner in the commercial property team.
  • Family law specialist and partner Lucy Barr has joined the Birmingham office of Veale Wasbrough Vizards.
  • The Wye Valley office of Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed a new partner Hefin Archer-Williams.
  • Thursfields has appointed two new solicitors to its employment practice: James Monk and Jade Linton.
  • Birketts has appointed Steven Bell as a senior associate in the firm’s planning and environment team.
  • George Green has appointed Kevin Gilbert as a conveyancer and residential property associate.
  • Geldards has appointed newly-qualified solicitor Joel Murphie to its commercial team.
  • Chattertons Solicitors has recruited associate solicitor Nicola Parr to specialise in personal and business dispute resolution.
  • Shauna Partridge, a member at Ellis Fermor & Negus, has qualified as a chartered legal executive.
  • Wiggin has promoted Chris Hammond, Alexander Lea, and Jason Fisher to partner.
  • Charles Russell Speechlys has appointed Manoj Vaghela as a commercial litigation partner.
  • Gowling WLG has announced the appointment of five new partners: John Coldham, Zoe Fatchen, Joe Morris, Raj Singh and Matt Walker will all join the partnership on 1 May 2018.
  • Woodfines has announced that three of its senior associate solicitors have been promoted to the position of partner: Maria Gallucci, Nick Sayer and Claire Dunn.
  • Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth has recruited solicitor Tara Wright to its family team.
  • Prettys Solicitors has appointed a new associate, Leanne Allcock-Mead.
  • Wright Hassall has welcomed Rebecca Mushing back to the firm where she completed her training contract.
  • Howes Percival has appointed Laura Clay-Harris as a solicitor in its family law team.

 

March

  • Andrew Tubbs has joined Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ commercial property team in Birmingham as a partner.
  • Ansons has welcomed commercial property director Richard Saum to lead the team in the firm’s Lichfield office.
  • Emms Gilmore Liberson has welcomed Heidi Brennan as director of construction services.
  • Elizabeth Young, a partner at Roythornes, has become a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed Maurice Dwyer as a consultant in its corporate team.
  • Ansons has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Genevieve Stevenson to its corporate and commercial team.
  • Andy Shaw, head of personal injury and clinical negligence at Higgs & Sons, has been awarded personal injury accreditation by the Law Society.
  • Brady Solicitors has appointed two property management lawyers in its Nottingham team: Alexandra Byard and Cheryl Bates.
  • Grindleys LLP has appointed Lauren Wild and Ishteyak Hannan as solicitors in the commercial property team.
  • The new senior partner of Harrison Clark Rickerbys will be Richard Knight.
  • Royds Withy King has appointed two new partners in its Oxford office. They are: corporate partner Iain Butler and Emma Banister Dean who joins the dispute resolution team.
  • FBC Manby Bowdler has appointed Guy Birkett as senior partner.
  • Nelsons has appointed Lewis Hastie as a contentious probate associate.
  • Tinsdills has promoted Paul Woolliscroft and Abdi Ebrahimi as directors.
  • Prettys Solicitors has welcomed Tharek Choudhury to its corporate & commercial law department.
  • Associate solicitor Stephanie Creasey has been appointed to the corporate & commercial team at Taylor Rose TTKW.
  • Langleys Solicitors has appointed paralegal Robyn Jackson to its medical team.

February

  • DWF has announced that Jon Stevens, a partner in the tax team, has taken on the role of executive partner for the Birmingham office
  • Thursfields has appointed six new equity partners. They are Gareth Burge, Tony Gibb, Michelle Hetheridge Shane Miller Michelle O’Hara Julia Warrilow
  • Toby Kramers, a commercial property partner at Ellisons, has relocated to the firm’s Ipswich office.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has welcomed David King as head of private client services .
  • Freeths has made two appointments to its real estate team, Helen Pearson and Monika Holyst .
  • Lodders has appointed senior HR professional Sarah Naffine to HR director
  • Alsters Kelley has promoted Lisa Blizzard to associate solicitor in the firm’s family law team
  • Andrew & Co Solicitors has appointed associate solicitor Paul Simpson as head of corporate & commercial.
  • BHW Solicitors has recruited four new conveyancing specialists. Jayne Concannon, Diane Wooley, Nicola Dixon and Kerri Simner
  • Talbots Solicitors has promoted Lisa Burton and Callum Haynes as directors and Melinda Rice to the position of associate
  • Andrew McManus has joined the civil litigation department at Enoch Evans
  • Sydney Mitchell has promoted Sundeep Bilkhu to associate solicitor in the dispute resolution team.
  • Ketan Mistry has joined Fraser Brown as a solicitor
  • Nicola Mahon has joined Hibberts LLP
  • Eversheds Sutherland has announced that Simon Crossley will succeed Bridgette Wilcox as head of commercial.
  • Wright Hassall has appointed Judith Gershon, a real estate finance specialist, as a partner. The firm has promoted property specialists Andrew Jones and James Polo-Richards to partner
  • Metcalfe Copeman & Pettefar has announced the promotion of Lorraine Campbell and Claire James as partners
  • Pauline O’Rourke has joined the family team of Thursfields Solicitors
  • Metcalfe Copeman & Pettefar has promoted Sarah Gregory to associate. She has also been appointed as head of the wills and probate department.

January

  • Shakespeare Martineau has recruited two new partners to its real estate team; Neil Gosling and Kate Onions.
  • Anthony Collins Solicitors has welcomed Doug Houghton as a property and finance Court of Protection associate.
  • Corporate recovery specialist Alan Meiklejohn has joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ insolvency and restructuring team.
  • FBC Manby Bowdler has appointed solicitor Rachel Bloxwich as an associate in the family law team.
  • Rothera Sharp has promoted associate Michelle Young to head of its residential conveyancing department.
  • Bowcock & Pursaill has appointed Sam Tolley and Elizabeth Delf as residential property conveyancers.
  • Geldards has welcomed the arrival of two new partners into the corporate and commercial department; Jamie Goldberg and Peter Seary.
  • Lodders has appointed Paul Mourton as its new managing partner.
  • Freeths has appointed James Boulton as a corporate partner.
  • Potter Clarkson has promoted Tony Proctor, David Carling, Jason Teng, Tom Harding and Oliver Laing to partner.
  • Gateley has appointed legal director Lesley Brentnall to head up its residential conveyancing offering.
  • Taylor & Emmet has appointed solicitor Clare Davies to its wills and probate practice.
  • Rogers & Norton has announced that Jennifer Lee has qualified as a solicitor after completing her training contract with the firm.
  • Ashtons Legal has welcomed specialist shipping lawyer Miquel Roca.
  • Woodfines has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Will Padmore on the successful completion of his training contract at the firm.
  • Potter Clarkson has promoted Deborah Maxwell, Richard Wells and Holly Mitchell to senior associate, and Christopher Hartland, Fehn Chua-Short and Pippa Hothersall to associate.
  • The Smith Partnership has promoted Mark Wilcock to associate in the company and commercial department. Meanwhile, Alice Hornsby has qualified into the dispute resolution team.

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