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2018- South East


  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed Sarah Phillips as regional managing partner for its Newbury office.
  • Debenhams Ottaway has announced that Susan Glenholme has been appointed as managing partner.
  • Coole Bevis has announced that Dominic Mercer has been promoted to partner.
  • Blaser Mills has promoted criminal defence lawyer Daniel Martin to partner.
  • GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates has announced the acquisition of FMW Law.
  • Frettens Solicitors has appointed Simon Immins as an associate in the family team.
  • Blandy & Blandy has welcomed solicitors Rachel Swan and Geena-Mae Bucknall to its commercial property department, and has promoted Olivia Foster to legal assistant.
  • Lamb Brooks has appointed Rob Parker as an associate in its family department.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed partner Paula Swain as the new head of the firm’s Solent office.
  • Lester Aldridge has announced that Matthew Barrow, head of real estate, has been elected as managing partner.
  • Stowe Family Law LLP has promoted Holly Lamb to partner in the firm’s Tunbridge Wells office, and Mark Chapman to partner in Winchester.
  • Rix and Kay has promoted Sara Carpenter, partner and member of the firm’s strategic board, to head its corporate team.
  • Setfords has appointed Andrew Laing as a consultant solicitor.
  • Sherrards Solicitors has appointed Michael Lewis as a partner.
  • Ellisons Solicitors has promoted Lisa Dawson, Scott Porter and Gina Westbrook to partners.
  • Cripps LLP has promoted real estate specialist Ben Johnston to legal director.
  • SA Law has appointed Julie Cohen as a solicitor in the family law department.
  • Owen White has promoted associate solicitors Nicola King and Lynsey Smith to associate directors.
  • Mark Waterfield, a commercial property specialist, has joined Setfords Solicitors as a consultant.
  • Warner Goodman has announced the promotion of Zena Green, head of the financial services team, to associate.
  • Chris Greep has qualified into the employment law team at Warner Goodman.
  • Verisona Law has welcomed two new members to its commercial property team: Jackie Powell and Ryan Morris.
  • Verisona Law has welcomed Tracey Longdon back to the firm as head of the residential conveyancing team.
  • emw law has appointed Ian Sharrock as a senior associate in the banking team.
  • Prettys Solicitors has made three appointments to its real estate team: Jennifer Rayner, Fiona Galloway and Rujina Begum.


  • Cripps LLP has appointed Paul Fairbairn as a partner in the private client team.
  • Ellisons Solicitors has opened a new office in Chelmsford which will be led by partners Ross Wiltshire and Paul Forsyth.
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors has appointed senior housing solicitor Ossie Sandalon to the firm’s Croydon office.
  • Coffin Mew LLP has appointed Lindsay Taylor as a solicitor in the wills, trusts and probate team.
  • Debenhams Ottaway has announced that three trainee lawyers will qualify at the firm in March 2018. Laura Coad,Robyn Adams and Adam Matthews
  • Moorcrofts has promoted associate Will Pearce to partner.
  • Claire Darby and Emma Rothstein have been promoted to the partnership at Pearson Hards LLP.
  • Birketts has welcomed Cameron Barlow as a legal director in its commercial property team.
  • Owen White has appointed Ewan Gadsden to its property department.
  • Palmers Solicitors has promoted Carla Jones to associate


  • Lester Aldridge has announced that Matthew Barrow will become its new managing partner on 1 May 2018.
  • Dawson Hart has announced the promotion of Nick Stockley to director. He specialises in commercial matters and dispute resolution.
  • Churchers Solicitors has welcomed solicitor Emma Wells to its residential conveyancing team in Cosham. Wells qualified in October 2017.
  • Angela Bowman has joined Shoosmiths as head of the contentious trusts and probate team.
  • Ellisons Solicitors has appointed associate Michelle Lamm to its Clacton-on-Sea team.
  • Foot Anstey has appointed Begonia Filgueira as a legal director in the real estate team based in the Southampton office.
  • Alan Massenhove has joined the business team at Birkett Long.
  • Newly qualified solicitor Jenna Lloyd has joined the wills, trusts and succession team at Eric Robinson Solicitors.
  • Churchers Solicitors has made two partner promotions. Lauren McIntosh is promoted to partner in the private client team. Faye Evans has been promoted to partner in the private client team.
  • Susan Macpherson, an experienced real estate and commercial property lawyer, has joined Setfords as a senior consultant solicitor.
  • Birketts has appointed Ruth Neave as legal director and head of public sector.
  • Moorcrofts has welcomed Tash Whitaker to lead the firm’s new compliance division.
  • Gardner Leader has appointed Simon Fisher as a senior associate in the family team.
  • Solicitor advocate and financial services lawyer Michael Cotter has joined Setfords as a consultant.
  • McMillan Williams has appointed Caroline Kempster as a senior legal executive in its personal injury department.


  • Trethowans has appointed Karl Cameron as a partner in the Southampton Office
  • Moore Blatch has appointed Victoria Walker as a partner in its family law team in Richmond
  • GCL Solicitors has promoted partner, Mark Grant to fixed equity partner.
  • Downs Solicitors has appointed three new partners. Richard Middlehurst , Richard Mehboob Dharamsi
  • Cripps LLP has appointed John Dembitz to its board as a non-executive director.
  • Moore Blatch has appointed Sarah French as an associate in its Southampton office.
  • Gardner Leader has appointed two new solicitors to its inheritance protection and litigation teams.
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors has appointed solicitor Caroline Roche as wills and probate director.
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors has appointed Tamana Aziz as a director of immigration based in Harrow.
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors has welcomed crime director Nicholas De Freitas.
  • Attwaters Jameson Hill has announced that Michelle Nicoll has returned to the conveyancing department in the Loughton office.
  • Downs Solicitors has announced a number of promotions at the firm. Promoted to the role of senior associate are Madeleine James, James Bracher, Heather Kershaw, Diane Sumpter and Nicola Conley and promoted to the role of associate are Jo Glenister, Laura Marchington, Victoria Evans, Magdalena Janki and Elizabeth Muston.
  • Downs Solicitors has recruited Sue Roberts and Lorna Claxton Curwens has welcomed Dawn Staal, a senior solicitor specialising in commercial property.
  • Katie Gibson-Green, a solicitor in the agriculture & estates team at Birkett Long, has become a member of STEP.
  • Paris Smith LLP has welcomed Sophie Warren to its marketing department.
  • Cripps LLP has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Middleton as a partner in the corporate team.
  • Coffin Mew LLP has appointed Julie-Ann Harris, a Resolution accredited specialist, as a partner to lead the family team.
  • PDT Solicitors has appointed Andrew Hoad as a partner in the corporate and commercial team.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed Tara McInnes, a contentious trusts and probate specialist, as a senior associate.
  • Real estate solicitor Sue Lattin has joined DMH Stallard.
  • Emma Rothstein, of Pearson Hards, has become a Resolution accredited specialist in complex financial remedies.
  • Verisona Law has appointed Kirsty Hughes as marketing manager.


  • Coffin Mew LLP has appointed corporate lawyer Dominic Travers to the firm as a partner.
  • Springhouse Solicitors has appointed Katy Meves as an employment partner.
  • Moore Blatch has appointed Zoe Owen as residential team manager.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has announced that corporate partner Rachel Turner has been appointed as head of the firm’s corporate team.
  • Sam Willey, a residential and commercial land development specialist, has been appointed as a partner at Moore Blatch.
  • Pinney Talfourd LLP has announced the promotion of two new senior associates. Kim Huggins specialises in medical negligence and Alex Pearce specialises in employment law.

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