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2018- Yorkshire & Humber


  • Partner Owen Rees has joined DWF’s catastrophic injury team in Leeds.
  • Stewart & Co has recruited Liesel Whitfield as a director to lead its employment law department.
  • Jessica Rowbotham has joined Wake Smith as an assistant solicitor in the private client team.
  • Wilkin Chapman has appointed Sarah Kemp as a solicitor in the corporate and commercial department.
  • Schofield Sweeney has welcomed newly-qualified solicitors Lucy Bailey, Helen Matthews, Oliver Brooke and Melissa Wood.
  • Solicitor, James Farrell, has joined the Schofield Sweeney corporate team in Leeds.
  • Williamsons Solicitors has welcomed commercial property solicitor Caitlin Macnamara to the firm.


  • McCormicks has appointed Stephen Hopwood as a partner.
  • Bridge McFarland Solicitors has announced that partner Paul Dimbleby has relocated to the firm’s Louth office.
  • Wilkin Chapman has promoted James Marsden to partner.
  • Employment partner Mary Walker has joined Gordons.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed Siddique Patel as a solicitor.
  • Taylor & Emmet has appointed associate solicitor James Gascoigne.
  • Atherton Godfrey has welcomed solicitor Michelle Lawton.
  • Ware & Kay has welcomed solicitor Sarah Collier.
  • Fraser Brown has appointed solicitor Julie Hutchinson.
  • Howells Solicitors has appointed solicitor Amy Kavanagh and licenced conveyancer Amy Rouse to the firm.
  • Keebles has appointed solicitor Jonathan Gott.
  • PM Legal Services has promoted Elizabeth Rowen. She is now senior associate to head of operations at the firm.
  • Hethertons Solicitors has appointed Sarah Hubery as an associate.


  • Clarion Solicitors has appointed Sue Streatfield as a partner in its intellectual property team.
  • awb Charlesworth Solicitors has appointed two new associate directors: Katie Ingham and Mark Shaw.
  • Bevan Brittan has appointed David Kitson as a senior associate in the local government team.
  • Rollits has made two recent appointments in the Hull office: Adrian Coggon and Runoushka Daliah.
  • Anne Rogers, head of the private client team at Graysons, has been promoted to partner at the firm.
  • Ben Jenkins, a specialist in commercial and property litigation, has joined Excello Law.
  • Education and charity specialist Mark Honeywell has been made a partner at Lupton Fawcett.
  • Phil Morrison has been appointed head of the new construction team at Clarion Solicitors.
  • Wilkinson Woodward has announced that trainee solicitors Lauren Allette and Emma Sheard have qualified as solicitors and have secured permanent positions with the firm.
  • Solicitor Alison McIlroy has joined the family team at Atherton Godfrey.
  • Natalie Linehan has joined the Bakewell office of Taylor & Emmet.
  • Minster Law Solicitors has appointed COO Shirley Woolham as CEO.
  • Hudgell Solicitors has appointed Jeremy Smith as head of costs in the Leeds office.


  • Andrew Jacksons Solicitors has appointed Nick Wilson as a partner.
  • Bridge McFarland has made two partner appointments: Kate Seward and Paul Dimbleby.
  • John Burnett has joined Ison Harrison as a partner.
  • Keebles has announced that Roger Dyson has retired as head of the corporate team.
  • Gateley has made a number of senior promotions including Peter Barr, who becomes a senior associate. Also in the Leeds office the firm has promoted Gemma Irving (construction) and Emma Taylor (residential development) to associates.
  • Berwins Solicitors has appointed Natasha Guest as a member of the dispute resolution team.
  • Wilkin Chapman has appointed Steve Pattison as a solicitor in the dispute resolution team.
  • Ramsdens Solicitors has appointed solicitor Rachel Sharp to its personal injury and clinical negligence teams.
  • DWF has appointed Andrew Flounders as an executive partner in Leeds.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed Matthew Howarth as the new head of office in the Leeds office.
  • Weightmans has announced two new equity partners in Leeds. Ben Daniel and Lee Gordon.
  • Lyons Davidson has made a number of senior manager/partner appointments including David Leslie.
  • Wrigleys Solicitors has made four partner promotions in the Leeds office: Kate Buckham, Natalie Johnson, Emma Ridge and Joanne Spavin.
  • Blacks Solicitors has appointed Marc Warren as a partner.
  • Lupton Fawcett has added two solicitors to its employment department: Kathryn Moorhouse and Hannah Boynes.
  • McCormicks has expanded its corporate and commercial team with the appointment of solicitor Emily Steed.
  • Clarion Solicitors has expanded its corporate practice with the appointment of Hitesh Tailor as legal director.
  • Graham & Rosen has promoted Brenda Dale and Samantha Willingham to associates.
  • Yorkshire firm Ware & Kay has appointed Simon Ellis as a commercial property solicitor.
  • Wilkinson Woodward has welcomed commercial and property specialist Helen Atkinson.
  • Blacks has appointed Kevin Hostford as a legal director.


  • Taylor & Emmet has appointed employment solicitor Simon Brian as a partner and head of the employment team.
  • Clarion Solicitors has appointed Chris Booth as a partner.
  • Lucinda Peters has joined Ward Hadaway as a partner in the property department
  • Harper James Solicitors has announced the appointment of corporate partner Adam Kudryl.
  • Jonathan Oxley has been elected the new managing partner at Lupton Fawcett.
  • Forbes solicitors has announced that Justine Hunkins, a partner in the firm’s housing litigation team
  • James Berry has joined Freeths’ dispute resolution team in Sheffield. He joins as a partner
  • Ciaran Dearden has joined Freeths’ dispute resolution team in Sheffield as an associate.
  • Banner Jones has appointed senior solicitor Shetal Gudgeon
  • Andrew Jackson has welcomed Mark Davies, a consultant, to its banking & finance team
  • Andrew Jackson has appointed three newly-qualified solicitors Rachel Joyce, Harry Mills and Grace Moreton.
  • Weightmans has promoted a number of new partners including Victoria Robertson.
    Ward Hadaway has promoted Richard Greensit to partner in the healthcare team.
  • Solicitors Aurea Kevill and Richard Whittaker have joined the private client team at Wrigleys.
  • Ware & Kay Solicitors has appointed William Baggaley as a solicitor.
  • Ward Hadaway has promoted a number of lawyers to associate solicitors, including Adele Poultney
  • Blacks solicitors has launched a new business immigration service with the appointment of Louis MacWilliam.
  • Tax specialist, Sarah Illidge has joined Lupton Fawcett as a senior solicitor
  • Seven lawyers at Clarion Solicitors have been promoted. Deborah Warren, Fiona Marr and Rachel Dean have all risen to the position of legal director; while Kayleigh Fantoni, Victoria Clark, Russell
    Stevens and Joanne Chase have become senior associates.
  • Switalskis Solicitors has made two senior appointments in the family team. Alison Kitchman, and Toby Netting.


  • Shulmans has announced the promotion of two of its associates to partner: Richard Robinson and Tom Watkins
  • hlw Keeble Hawson has added two solicitors to its commercial property department: Hardev Saimbhi and Elizabeth Dunstan.
  • Walker Morris has promoted Paul Hargreaves and Daniel Lyon to partners.
  • Stone King has promoted Polly O’Malley to partner.
  • Stowe Family Law LLP has promoted Debbie Heald to partner.
  • Blacks Solicitors has promoted Lucy Rigden (wills and probate), Beth Laidler (commercial property) and Matthew Hutchinson (commercial property) to partners.
  • Rollits has promoted Jennifer Sewell (dispute resolution) and Ed Heppel (employment) to partners.
  • Ridley & Hall has appointed three new partners. Daxa Patel joins the medical negligence department, while Melanie Harley and Clare Linden join the family law team.
  • DAC Beachcroft has announced a number of senior promotions in its claims solutions business. Mathew McGee and Chris Waite have been made senior associates, and Sarah Baker has been made associate.
  • Bevan Brittan has announced a number of promotions including Matthew Walsh (property) who has been promoted to senior associate.
  • Clarion Solicitors has appointed Charlotte O’Connor as an associate in the employment team.
  • Wrigleys Solicitors has appointed education specialist solicitor Graham Shaw to the firm.
  • Blacks Solicitors has promoted Pete Konieczko- Hansom (corporate and commercial), Tristan Milner (commercial property) and Jennifer Roberts (commercial property) to associates. Meanwhile, the firm has appointed Amanda Hewitt as a litigation executive.


  • Irwin Mitchell has promoted two senior managers to new roles in its personal injury division: Louise Lumley and Tom Barker. It has also appointed Howard Davison to its banking and finance team in Leeds.
  • Walker Morris has expanded its energy, infrastructure and government team with the appointment of Victoria Bradley as director.
  • Emsleys Solicitors has appointed solicitor Natalie Mousavi to its personal injury team.
  • Silk Family Law has expanded in North Yorkshire with the appointment of solicitor Emily Crick.
  • Excello Law has appointed employment lawyer Matthew Yates as a regional business development ambassador.
  • Heptonstalls has appointed consultant Mike Jones to its commercial property department.
  • Consilia Legal has appointed Andy Boyde as a member of the employment team.
  • Weightmans has appointed Steve Johns as a partner.
  • Eversheds Sutherland has announced a number of promotions across the firm including Simon Harris (real estate) and David Milne (company commercial).
  • Family lawyer Nicki Mitchell has been promoted to partner at Lupton Fawcett.
  • Wilkin Chapman has welcomed Nasim Sharf as a partner.
  • Taylor & Emmet has announced that residential conveyancing specialist and head of the firm’s Dronfield branch, Sarah Gaunt, has become an equity partner.
  • Schofield Sweeney has welcomed solicitor Sarah Ali to its private client team.
  • Squire Patton Boggs has recruited Jason Blakey to its dispute resolution team.
  • Wilkinson Woodward has appointed associate solicitor Mark Green to the firm.
  • Taylor & Emmett has promoted four solicitors to associate: Simon Eyre-Wood, Ben Brown, Camilla Attwood and John Green.
  • Petena Carroll has joined Clarion Solicitors’ family law practice as a senior associate.
  • Newtons Solicitors has welcomed senior solicitor Helen Forster to its private client team.



  • Eversheds Sutherland has welcomed new partner Rupert Bent to its intellectual property team.
  • Weightmans has appointed planning lawyer Bob Pritchard to the firm’s Leeds office.
  • Irwin Mitchell has welcomed solicitor Libby Hanson to its Leeds office where she joins the Court of Protection team.
  • Mewies Solicitors has welcomed personal injury solicitor Mark Irlam to the firm.
  • Ramsdens Solicitors has appointed abuse and personal injury lawyer Natalie Marrison
  • Schofield Sweeney has appointed two newly qualified solicitors in its litigation team. Alannah Crux is based in the firm’s Bradford office and Kate Knight is based in Leeds.
  • Ison Harrison has made two appointments to its commercial property team: Richard Scott and Dhiran Mistry.


  • Addleshaw Goddard has announced the appointment of Richard Hunt as a partner.
  • Walker Foster has appointed Maxine Heppenstall as managing director.
  • Andrea Jones joins Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth as senior associate solicitor.
  • Gordons has appointed Andrew Logan as head of regulatory.
  • Clarion Solicitors has appointed Jacqui Barr as an associate in the property practice based in Leeds.
  • McCormicks Solicitors has appointed Jon Healey as head of its corporate and commercial team.
  • Shulmans has appointed Julie Carr as a partner in the residential development unit of the real estate team.
  • Emsleys solicitors has appointed personal injury solicitor John Hutchings as a director.
  • Atherton Godfrey has welcomed solicitor Katy Burgin to the firms’ wills and trusts team.
  • Andrew Jackson has appointed Debbie Gibbons as a member of the family team in the private client practice.
  • Shulmans has appointed two new associates, Peter Woods and Katrina Allen.
  • Solicitor Cheryl Grace has joined the Harrogate office of Stowe Family Law LLP.
  • Devonshires has appointed two solicitors in Leeds, Julie Hargreaves and Natalie Swales
  • Shulmans has appointed Donna Bibby as a client relationship and business development manager.


  • Hill Dickinson has announced the appointments of legal director Eleanor Tunnicliffe and senior associate Ruth Griffiths to its health practice.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed Oliver Collett as a senior associate in its industrial disease team.
  • Horwich Farrelly has made a number of associate promotions including Rebecca Osborne (motor & casualty).
  • Shulmans has announced that it is retaining four newly qualified solicitors. Kayleigh Watson is a member of the corporate team, Laura Giltrap is a member of the firm’s employment team, David Ryan is a member of the commercial property team and Maria Fert is a member of the commercial property team.
  • DLA Piper has appointed David Smith as a partner in its corporate tax practice.
  • LCF Law has promoted Cathy Cook to partner in its corporate division.
  • Sarah Coates-Madden has joined Taylor & Emmet’s property litigation team.

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