Movers & Shakers: Midlands



  • Head of personal advisory, Richard Follis, is to become Shoosmiths’ first general counsel (GC). David Parton, head of conveyancing, will succeed Follis as divisional head. Suman Dally, partner since 2005, will take over as head of conveyancing and joint head of the firm’s Northampton office.
  • Geldards has appointed Jane Cowley as a partner in the firm’s family team in Nottingham
  • Giles Scott has joined mfg Solicitors as a partner and divisional head of the firm’s private client team
  • Nicholsons Solicitors has appointed Robert Tiffen as a partner in the litigation team based from the Lowestoft and Norwich offices
  • Crossland Employment Solicitors is now 100 per cent employee-owned after all the firm’s shares were placed into an employee ownership trust (EOT).
  • Sharpe Pritchard has appointed Rob Hann as head of local government
  • Sills & Betteridge has appointed Christopher Hogg as head of the firm’s criminal department.
  • Geldards has appointed Rashmita Vadher as a senior associate in the firm’s family team
  • FBC Manby Bowdler has promoted Dawn Tuck to head of new business
  • Squire Patton Boggs has announced a number of partner promotions including Birmingham-based Michelle Adams (litigation) and Victoria Jeacock (pensions)
  • Leathes Prior has announced that Howard Catherall will be joining the firm as a partner and the head of regulatory and criminal defence
  • Alsters Kelley has announced the acquisition of Bonell & Co Solicitors
  • Cartwright King has welcomed solicitor Matthew Glynn to its Nottingham office, Court of Protection team
  • Geldards has announced the promotion of dispute resolution specialist, senior associate Andrea Clayton to associate partner
  • Actons has promoted three members of the private client team to directors: Bindiya Patel, Cara Watson and Heather Parker, who will rotate in the role of head of private client
  • Fraser Dawbarns has announced that employment lawyer Abigail Reynolds has joined the firm’s Wisbech office, working in the civil litigation department
  • Gotelee Solicitors has welcomed John Simpson as an associate in the family team
  • Lanyon Bowdler has been joined by lawyer Zoë Roberts as an associate solicitor, corporate team
  • Senior solicitor Hollie Orgee has joined the Birmingham based office of Stowe Family Law
  • Carina Kervin, associate solicitor in the wills, probate & lifetime planning team at FBC Manby Bowdler, has been appointed as regional director for Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
  • Talbots Law has appointed Jodi Flint as a director and head of the trusts & estates team based in the Kidderminster office
  • Hewitsons has announced the appointment of licenced conveyancer Catherine Bolland
  • Pattersons Commercial Law has appointed Harinder Sahota as practice manager
  • Lodders has appointed Andrew Busst as training & development manager


  • Willans has announced the appointment of a new partner in the residential property team, Simon Hodges
  • QualitySolicitors Parkinson Wright has promoted Hilda Edge and Debra Kelly to partner
  • Thompsons solicitors has hired a new partner to lead its Stoke office, personal injury lawyer Glen Edney
  • CFG Law has announced that a team of six serious injury legal specialists are set to join the firm in April 2021
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed Charlotte Clewes as an associate in the family team based in the Birmingham office
  • Real estate and property development lawyer, Anil Kumar has joined Excello Law
  • Steeles Law has announced that Lauren Crosby has qualified as a solicitor in the wills, tax and probate team
  • Capsticks has made a number of recent appointments in its housing team. Solicitor Kirsten Taylor joined the firm’s Birmingham office in late 2020.
  • WSP Solicitors has welcomed solicitor Simon Hawkins to the family law department
  • James Ng has joined mfg Solicitors as a consultant solicitor, as part of the firm’s commercial litigation team
  • Stone King has appointed Danielle Francombe as an associate director in the education team
  • Lodders has announced two senior hires. Commercial litigation specialist Andrew Wylde joins the firm as a senior associate in the firm’s dispute resolution team, and trusts and estate planning specialist John Padget joins as an associate in the private client department.
  • Moore & Tibbits solicitors has expanded the Court of Protection team with Yvonne Chapman, a mental capacity law specialist
  • Olivia Toulson has joined Birketts’ employment team as a legal director
  • Rotheras (Nottingham) has made a number of appointments: senior associate Johanna Goddard and licenced conveyancer Laura Smith (residential property team), Kirsten Wood (private client team) and Associate solicitor Hannah Manewell (personal injury department)
  • Lime Solicitors, the personal injury arm of Shakespeare Martineau, has appointed Neha Thethi as head of employment. She joins the Birmingham office where she will lead the firm’s newly launched claimant employment offering.
  • Stowe Family Law LLP has promoted Jemma Slavin to regional director for the Midlands and South West
  • Dave Richardson has joined Prettys Solicitors as business development and marketing director


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