Movers & Shakers: Midlands

2022

January

Geldards has promoted Stuart Walters (commercial property) to partner in the Nottingham office and Gemma Wrighton (commercial property) to partner in the Derby office.

Howes Percival has appointed social housing specialist, Estelle Corner, as a partner.

Roythornes Solicitors has appointed social housing solicitor Daniel Skinner as a partner.

Reeds Solicitors has promoted criminal lawyer Mark Abbott to partner with effect from 1 January 2022.

Constantine Law has recruited Suki Harrar as a new partner.

Hogan Lovells has announced 71 new counsel promotions effective 1 January 2022. Including Birmingham-based Paula Inglis, corporate & finance (banking).

Flint Bishop has made two appointments to its commercial property team. Amanda Huggins has joined as an associate and will be based in the firm’s Birmingham office. Edward Drury joins as a solicitor in the Derby office.

Geldards has made a number of promotions to senior associate, including four in the Derby office: Sarah Bailey (corporate), Della Copley (infrastructure and construction), Natalie Haydon-Yeung (family) and Rebecca Stojak (CDR). Meanwhile, Manjot Shokar (corporate) has been promoted to associate in Derby.

Geldards has appointed Chloe Buxton as a senior associate in the commercial property team based in the Derby office.

Ashtons Legal has appointed Mick Upton as a solicitor in the personal injury team and Penny Tilmouth as a solicitor in the medical negligence team. Meanwhile, the firm has appointed Ben Needham- Holmes as a rehabilitation co-ordinator.

Stonegate Group has appointed James Richards as director of legal operations to focus on legal and estate transactions as well as taking responsibility as code compliance officer under the pubs code across the Stonegate Group Pub Partners business.

The appointments of 101 new Queen’s Counsel have been announced. In Birmingham Harpreet Sandhu (No.5 Chambers) has been appointed.

February

Bray & Bray has promoted Russell Dalby to partner and joint head of the firm’s wills trusts and probate department.

Knights plc has recruited Ben Denton as a partner in the Oxford office.

James Maynard and Gareth John have joined Knights plc as partners in the Midlands.

Shakespeare Martineau has welcomed new partner Joanna Lee-Mills to head-up its social housing development team.

Karen Bower-Brown has been appointed senior partner at Sills & Betteridge. She takes over from Stephen Wilson who retired as the firm’s senior partner on 31 December 2021.

Shoosmiths has announced that it is set to relocate its Birmingham office from Two Colmore Square to 103 Colmore Row.

Beswicks Legal has launched an office in Birmingham. The new office will be headed by Baljit Chohan and Michael Bennett, who have over 50 years’ experience between them.

mfg Solicitors has announced that partner and employment law specialist, Chris Piggott, has relocated to the firm’s St Paul’s Square office in Birmingham.

Geldards has promoted Gemma Wrighton, a commercial property specialist in the firm’s Derby office, to partner.

Chattertons has appointed Charlotte Corbyn as a partner based in the Stamford office.

Hatch Brenner has appointed Amy Walpole as a partner and head of the family law department.

Howes Percival has appointed Tom Redman as a director in the corporate, commercial and banking team.

Eve Williams has joined the tax team at Knights plc as a senior associate.

Ansons solicitors has appointed associate Sonali Obhrai as head of its family law team.

Banner Jones has appointed commercial property solicitor Ben Couch to its Chesterfield office.

Blythe Liggins has welcomed solicitor Louise Hunt to the firm from Mills & Reeve where she worked for eight years.

Blaser Mills has welcomed two new members to its telecoms team. Tina Middleton, joins as head of telecoms and Jill Mclean joins as a telecoms property expert.

Leathes Prior has announced that Lewis Kelly will be qualifying as a solicitor into the family team.

St Philips Chambers has welcomed criminal specialist Zafar Ali QC as a door tenant.

Philips Chambers has welcomed back Chris Royle to chambers as a member of the business and property group.

St Philips Chambers has welcomed Christopher Buckingham to its business and property group.

St Philips Chambers has announced that Simon Davis has been appointed as the Director of Public Prosecution for the Cayman Islands, with effect from 1st March 2022.

15 Winckley Square has announced that Holly Nelson has been appointed as Junior on the Northern Circuit.

St Philips Chambers has appointed Andrew Rourke as senior criminal clerk.

March

Shoosmiths has appointed Catherine Williams to head up its Milton Keynes office. Williams, a real estate partner and head of the firm’s living sector, has taken up the post from commercial partner Robin Webb who spent four years in the role. Webb is moving on to become national head of the firm’s commercial group following David Jackson’s appointment as Shoosmiths’ CEO, with effect from 1 May 2022. She will be supported by Shoosmiths’ partner Claire Checketts who takes on the role of deputy head of office.

Anthony Collins Solicitors has appointed two new partners to its Birmingham office. Paul Slinger joins the construction team, while Steven Brunning joins the governance and commercial team.

The Birmingham office of Axiom DWFM has welcomed Suki Chhokar as a partner and head of the firm’s newly-formed public and international health team.

Shropshire firm Lanyon Bowdler has appointed the firm’s finance director Paul Ellis, and Court of Protection specialist Lucy Speed, as partners.

Aaron & Partners has appointed Peter Manford as a corporate & commercial partner based in the Shrewsbury office.

Fraser Dawbarns has welcomed Seema Solanki as a partner in the private client department.

Wright Hassall has welcomed senior lawyer Claire Halle-Smith back to the firm’s commercial team. Solicitor Kashmir Dosanjh has joined the employment team. Paralegal Ellis Burns has also joined the team. Gemma Clark has qualified into the employment team which has also welcomed solicitor Sophia Wahba and seen Georgia Wood become a newly- qualified CIDP advisor.

Ansons Solicitors has announced the arrival of Paul Bennett to the corporate and commercial team.

George Green has announced that Heather Smith has qualified as a solicitor with the firm and joined the commercial property department.

Darren Middleton has been promoted to director of immigration at Duncan Lewis based in the Birmingham office.

Jaz Virk has joined the private client team at Brindley Twist Tafft & James.

BPE has appointed Nancy Battell as a senior associate in the commercial property

Sills & Betteridge has appointed Robin Johnston as a consultant solicitor in the corporate team.

Mills & Reeve has appointed Jessica Wilkes-Ball as its new national sustainability manager within the environmental, social and governance (ESG) team. Wilkes-Ball joins from Wesleyan, where she worked as a social responsibility lead.

Beswicks Legal has appointed Dan Beckett as sales director.

St Philips Chambers has announced that Blondel Thompson has been appointed as chair of the Middle Temple Midland Circuit Society.

St Ives Chambers has welcomed Sara Wyeth as a new tenant in the criminal practice group.

KCH Garden Square has announced that Siân Waldron has returned to chambers with effect from 21 February 2022 following maternity leave.

April

Shakespeare Martineau has appointed corporate partner Michael Stace.

Birketts has welcomed partner Simon Keen to its commercial property team.

Lodders has appointed commercial lawyer Stuart Price as partner in its corporate and commercial team.

Flint Bishop has welcomed Sanveer Sandhu as a partner in the firm’s commercial property team. Sandhu has particular expertise in the energy sector having dealt with some of the largest solar, biomass, gas generator and battery storage projects in the country.

Wilkin Chapman has welcomed partner Julie Bailey to its family law team in Lincoln. Bailey has 36 years’ experience in family law, including as the managing partner of a firm.

Devonshires is set to open an office in Birmingham. Joining the new office, located on Temple Street, is housing corporate and governance partner Gemma Bell.

A team from Penningtons Manches Cooper have joined Devonshires. Senior solicitor Rose Klemperer, also the co- founder and co-chair of Women in Social Housing Midlands (WISH Midlands), and solicitors Ellen Damlica and Sharon Thandi join along with partner Gemma Bell. Specialising in corporate, regulatory and governance issues, the team will be based at  Devonshires’ new Birmingham office, based on Temple Street.

Howes Percival has recruited chartered trade mark attorney, Sarah Dacre, who joins the firm’s intellectual property team.

Corporate lawyer, Dermot Callinan has joined Excello Law from Myers & Co where he was director of business law services. Callinan is also a director of the East Cheshire Chamber of Commerce.

Nelsons has announced that associate solicitor and mediator Paul Richardson has moved to the firm’s Nottingham office after having been based in Leicester for the past year. He specialises in all areas of family, but focuses on private children law, injunctions and mediation. The firm has also welcomed associate solicitor Hayden Mellowship to the dispute resolution team in Leicester. He specialises in commercial litigation and also advises on commercial property disputes and insolvency.

Lodders has recruited Elaine Morgan as legal director and head of its new trusts and tax team.

Beswicks has appointed solicitor Daniel Wright to its disputes team. Wright specialises in property litigation and commercial disputes. He qualified in October 2021.

Flint Bishop has announced that Alex Reid has joined the firm’s employment team as an associate.

Martin Cornforth has returned to Flint Bishop as a senior associate in the firm’s employment law team.

Flint Bishop has welcomed Dal Virdi to the firm as chief information officer.

Murgitroyd Group has announced that the firm’s Milton Keynes office has moved to a new address at 297, Upper Fourth Street, Witan Studios, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 1EH.

Regent Chambers ha announced that Jazmine Wilde has accepted an offer to join chambers following the successful completion of her pupillage. She will practice family and criminal law.

HHJ Polly Coe QC has been appointed as the Designated Civil Judge for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire & Lincolnshire with effect from 23 April 2022.

The Manchester Law Society has elected Paul Johnson as its 2022 president following two years as the Society’s vice president. Johnson, a partner in the corporate team at Ward Hadaway, is based in the firm’s Manchester office, where he has been a senior member of the team since he joined in 2014.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation has appointed Sarah Hamilton as its complaints reviewer. Hamilton was admitted as a solicitor in 1995 and had a 20-year career with a City law firm, specialising in litigation, acting for public sector bodies and insurance companies. Leaving private practice in 2016, Hamilton is now one of England’s three Boundary Commissioners, chairs fitness to practise committees for three healthcare regulators and is lay inspector of university programmes for dental schools and Social Work England. She is an independent panel member for the London Assembly and adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Rocio de la Crus has been appointed to the Council of Europe Data Protection Unit, a committee dedicated to understanding data protection rules and protecting individuals’ data. de la Crus joined BPE Solicitors in September 2021, as a partner, and has extensive knowledge of both the European data protection rules and the UK general data protection rules, and information law.

Midlands-based think tank, Centre for the New Midlands, has appointed Amardeep Gill to the newly formed strategic advisory board. Gill, a partner at Trowers & Hamlins, is a local government and public sector specialist. He advises government, public bodies and SMEs on transformation or business critical projects. His sector expertise includes digital technology, leisure, transport, health, education, outsourcing, regeneration and aviation.

Carey Olsen partner James Noble and senior associate Amelia Tan have become the first offshore law practitioners to be approved as members of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore (IPAS). Noble, who leads Carey Olsen’s litigation, insolvency and restructuring practice in Asia, advises on Cayman, British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Bermuda law, and is the only Cayman and BVI admitted litigator in Singapore. Tan, a member of the litigation, insolvency and restructuring practice in Singapore, has a broad range of experience in commercial litigation, with a focus on complex, multi-jurisdictional shareholder related litigation, corporate disputes and insolvency and restructuring matters.

Six group litigation law firms, Edwin Coe, Hausfeld & Co, Keller Lenkner UK, Leigh Day, Milberg London, and PGMBM have founded a collective redress association for claimant practitioners called the Collective Redress Lawyers Association (CORLA). The association’s co-presidents are Martyn Day of Leigh Day, and David Greene of Edwin Coe. Vice president is Guy Robson of Keller Lenkner UK, the secretary is Christopher Neill of PGMBM. Lucy Rigby, a partner at Hausfeld has responsibility for public affairs and policy while treasurer Natasha Pearman works at Milberg London. Nathaniel Barber of Keller Lenkner UK is the membership secretary. Committee members include Liberty Bridge, Nicola Boyle, Zahira Hussain, and Nicola Vinovrski.

May

Eversheds Sutherland (International) has made 31 partner promotions with effect from 1 May 2022. They include: Nottingham-based, Rachel Cooper (commercial), Laura-Beth Hutton (real estate/planning) and William Spickett (commercial); Birmingham-based Victoria Savage (FSDI); and in the Cambridge office, Stephen O’Reilly (corporate).

Dentons has announced the promotion of nine new partners in the UK, Ireland and Middle East (UKIME) region. The promotions take effect on 1 May 2022. In the Milton Keynes office Dan Lowen (real estate) has been made partner.

Shakespeare Martineau has appointed Michael Stace as a corporate partner.

Shakespeare Martineau has welcomed specialist partner Catherine Rustomji to head up its national charity team.

Ashtons Legal has announced the appointment of its new CEO, James Tarling from 1 April 2022. Tarling joined Ashtons in 2015 as a corporate and commercial partner and most recently has taken responsibility for the development of the firm’s future strategy. Tarling takes on the CEO position from Ed O’Rourke who is remaining with the firm, initially in a new role to further develop the business client group within Ashtons.

Ashtons Legal has promoted five staff to partners: Janette Wand and Louise Cardwell (both lifetime planning); Tom Ranson (personal injury); Annabel Mayer (dispute resolution); and Charlotte Vallins (commercial property).

Penningtons Manches Cooper has promoted Dr Lisa Page to partner in the Birmingham office. She is a highly experienced intellectual property lawyer with a specialism in the life sciences sector.

Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) has appointed a new partner to its local government team. Claire Ward, joins the firm with extensive expertise. In her new role at ACS, Ward will be supporting local authorities nationwide and offering advice for council monitoring officers, chief executives and other senior officers on governance issues.

Sabina Haag has joined Nicholsons Solicitors as a partner in the litigation team. Specialising in civil litigation, Haag works particularly on property disputes, lease renewals and termination, forfeiture, landlord/tenant issues, boundary disputes, and restrictive covenants.

Woodfines has made four partner promotions: Hannah Johnson, Claire Spencer, Nathan Taylor-Allkins and James Wilkinson. After joining Woodfines in 2012 to begin her training contract, Johnson qualified as a solicitor in 2014. She specialises in probate, will and inheritance disputes. She also deals with personal injury claims. Spencer specialises in commercial and property litigation having over 17 years’ legal experience in both the UK and New Zealand. Taylor-Allkins joined Woodfines as a trainee solicitor in 2013 and qualified into the crime and regulatory department in 2015. He has a broad criminal defence practice and represents individuals and businesses in the police station, Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court on matters ranging from motoring cases to grave crimes, including complex frauds and homicide. Taylor-Allkins also advises on specialist regulatory matters including transport and cases brought by the HSE, Environment Agency, FCA, Office of Road and Rail, Insolvency Service and Local Councils (planning and licensing). Wilkinson, an experienced corporate and commercial solicitor, joined Woodfines in 2021. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, shareholders’ arrangements and preparing businesses for major capital events. He has a significant interest in the environment and sustainability sector. Meanwhile, Suzanna Stephenson, head of the firm’s property department, and Mikhala Leak, who will also progress to the head of the private clients department, are becoming members of the LLP.

Browne Jacobson is relocating its Birmingham office to 103 Colmore Row. The firm is expected to relocate its legal and support team from Victoria Square House by the end of Q3 2022.

Devonshires has opened a Birmingham office based at Somerset House, 37 Temple Street, Birmingham B2 5DP. Joining the office is partner Gemma Bell. Bell specialises in advising housing associations on corporate projects including M&A, group consolidations, joint ventures, de-merger and stock transfers. Also joining the new Birmingham office is senior solicitor Rose Klemperer, and solicitors Ellen Damlica and Sharon Thandi.

Capsticks has announced a number of promotions, including 11 salaried partners. In the Birmingham office, Lucy Erskine (claims) and Ian Brook (regulatory) have been promoted.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) has promoted 17 lawyers to legal director, with effect from 1 May 2022. They include Birmingham-based Susannah Gate (banking) and Laura Murphy (core real estate); and Geoff Street (core real estate) in the Cambridge office.

Browne Jacobson has strengthened its independent health & social care team with the addition of corporate finance lawyer Vicky Tomlinson. Senior associate, Tomlinson, who is currently based in the firm’s Nottingham corporate finance team, has over ten years’ experience advising on all corporate M&A matters including share and business acquisitions and disposals, investments, group reorganisations and general company law matters.

Rogers & Norton has appointed Paul Oldershaw to the commercial property team in Norwich. Qualifying in 2003, he has experience in property development, advising business occupiers of office, retail and industrial property, agriculture, property investors, licenced trade and secured lending.

Ringrose Law has announced that Alex Beavis, a member of the children law team, has qualified as a solicitor. She heads up the children law team in Newark.

Woodfines has announced that Zara Bracegirdle and Helen Simpson, both members of the private client department, have been promoted to senior associate.

Capsticks has promoted seven new principal associates. They include Birmingham-based Jonathan Lewis (employment).

Pepperells Solicitors in Lincoln has welcomed six new family law specialists. John Conlon, who has 20 years’ experience in family law, has particular expertise in child law. Alison McGowan specialises in complex court proceedings, including care, private law children matters, special guardianship and adoption. Hannah Bell specialises in representing parents in arranging contact orders, residency and guardianship. Also joining the team are Ivy Waddingham, experienced family law legal assistant, Michelle Kent and Olivia Mychajiluk who will support the team with paralegal, administration and first line support.

Waldrons Solicitors has merged with Blount Hemmings Solicitors. The directors of Blount Hemmings, Julian Blount, Robin Hemmings and Jill Banks, have joined Waldrons and will continue to trade from Waldron’s present office in Kingswinford. The merged firm will be known as Waldrons Solicitors incorporating Blount Hemmings.

Dehns has announced a number of promotions effective from 1 April 2022. In the Oxford office, Mark Bell (engineering group) and Jennifer Gordon (chemical group) have become partners at the firm.

J A Kemp has announced the promotion of two associates to the position of partner. Joe Simon-Brown is a member of the firm’s engineering and IT group.

Dehns has announced a number of promotions effective from 1 April 2022. In the Oxford office, John Somerton (engineering group) and Emma Tyser (trade mark group) have become associates at the firm.

Forresters has announced that Birmingham associates Ian Duncan and Jack Dean have passed their final exams to qualify as UK patent attorneys.

Civil law barrister Jamie Johnston (call 2016) has joined 3PB from chambers in Newcastle and will be based in the Birmingham office. He specialises in property and chancery, commercial disputes and sports law.

Cornwall Street has announced that Andrew Wilkins has been appointed as head of crime, taking over from Oliver Woolhouse who has become head of chambers.

KCH Garden Square has announced that Lisa Hardy has been appointed as an independent panel member on the UK Athletics disciplinary panel.

St Ives Chambers has welcomed Daniel Giles as practice manager of the criminal practice group.

Her Honour Judge Nassera Patel has been appointed as Designated Family Judge for Leicester with effect from 20 April 2022.

The Insolvency Service has welcomed Frances Coulson as a new non-executive board member. Coulson is a practising lawyer, with more than 26 years’ experience in insolvency law, and a senior partner, board member and head of insolvency & restructuring at Wedlake Bell.

Andrew Grantham QC, of Kings Chambers, has been elected as UK chair of the British Irish Commercial Bar Association. Grantham practises almost exclusively in commercial and chancery dispute resolution including arbitration and international disputes.

June

Mills & Reeve has promoted a number of principal associates to partner with effect from 1 June 2022, including two in Birmingham. Helen Tringham has significant expertise advising on contentious data protection and cyber matters. Katherine Kennedy, who leads the family team in Birmingham, deals predominantly with finances post-divorce or relationship breakdown, particularly when businesses and trusts are involved, as well as advising on related children issues. There have also been two promotions in Cambridge. Amanda Narkiewicz specialises in regulatory and healthcare law. Alexandra Pike advises clients on construction and engineering projects. She has years of experience of adjudication, arbitration, and court proceedings. Meanwhile, in Norwich there have also been two promotions to partner. Elizabeth Field advises a range of private clients on estate planning and asset protection through inheritance tax and capital gains tax advice, flexible wills, trust restructuring and powers of attorney. Matthew Short is a corporate tax lawyer, focusing on real estate, corporate and charity taxation. He regularly advises a wide variety of clients on property acquisitions, developments, joint ventures and portfolio management, as well as charity tax issues, corporate transactions and funds work.

Lodders has appointed Chris Dewes as a partner in its real estate practice where he will focus on commercial property development and investment services. He has considerable experience in the commercial property development and investment area having acted for developer clients for more than 20 years.

DAC Beachcroft has announced 17 promotions to partner with effect from 1 May 2022. They include Kieran Mitchell (claims solutions) in the Birmingham office.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed Sally Robinson as a partner in the family team based in Northampton. Robinson specialises in nuptial and cohabitation agreements, and providing advice to those who have separated or are getting divorced.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has made five partner promotions. Simon Cooper, Laura Greenman, Emma Raynsford and Morgan West are all members of the real estate team. Meanwhile, Hayley Phelps has been promoted in the restructuring and insolvency team. Cooper is head of private client homes and is based in the Cambridge office. Greenman is a planning specialist based in the Wye Valley. Raynsford and West are both based in the firm’s Cheltenham office. Phelps is based in the Worcester office.

Knights plc has appointed Haroon Khan as a partner in its planning team based in the Oxford office.

Howes Percival has appointed partner Max Windich, a commercial contracts lawyer specialising in the IT, technology, life sciences and academic sectors. He has particular experience advising on procurement and outsourcing transactions, IT and technology contracts, complex supply chain and licensing arrangement and creative collaborations in arts and fashion.

Howes Percival has announced that four partners, Christopher Cubitt (development), Nicola Curle (development), Estelle Corner (social housing), and Jay Mehta (planning), have been appointed as the new management team of the development team based in Norwich.

mfg Solicitors has announced that partner and probate specialist Andrew Chandler has been appointed as president of the Worcestershire Law Society.

Birketts has announced nine partner promotions: Denise Findlay (family), Devreaux Gravell (banking and finance), Nick Burt (corporate), Julie Gowland (regulatory and corporate defence), Helen Stewart (commercial property), Tom Verrill (agriculture), Tom Hodges (shipping), Hayley Pettitt (private client advisory) and Stuart Jones (agriculture).

Hedges has announced the appointment of Lucy Morrison as managing director. Morrison is an experienced commercial lawyer who previously led a legal training and development company. She succeeds Nicola Poole, who will now be the firm’s newly appointed board director of culture & innovation.

Sandstone Law LLP has been officially launched in Oxford. The niche firm, which specialises in every aspect of commercial property and environmental law, will be headed by managing partner Jan Matthews. The core team includes commercial real estate and environmental law partner Richard Smith and senior commercial real estate consultant Hugh Blaza supported by planning consultant Paul Semple. Construction advice support is provided by experienced construction lawyer, Joanne Kelly, who is a partner and head of construction at Memery Crystal.

Weightmans has appointed Mike Brown as head of its counter-fraud team.  He will be based in the Birmingham office and will have national responsibility for the management and development of the firm’s fraud practice including cross class injury work and working with the commercial fraud capabilities across the business; developing products that assist in the identification, defence and prosecution of fraudsters.

DLA Piper has announced that Legal director, Gemma Lawrence, will be joining the board of the firm’s global scholarships programme, taking on a role in the finance committee.

DAC Beachcroft has announced 18 promotions to legal director with effect from 1 May 2022. They include Birmingham-based Michelle Dickens, James Howett and Richard Wetherell (all claims solutions).

Charles Russell Speechlys has appointed Alastair Morrison as a property consultant in the firm’s Cheltenham office, as part of the landed estates and heritage property group. Much of his work focuses on the purchase, sale, leasing and mortgaging of rural property. He also advises on complex farming structures and the post-Brexit agricultural policy. He acts for institutions, family trusts, landed estates and high net worth individuals advising on issues relating to the ownership and occupation of rural property, including development clawback and shooting rights, rural grants and subsidies.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has made a number of senior promotions. Ruth Sheret in the Worcester regulatory team has been made a legal director; moving up to senior associate level are Janeen Brindley (real estate), Deanne Hamilton (R&I) and Cris Manuel-Hughes (dispute resolution) in Cheltenham; Helen Cairns-Terry (employment) in the Wye Valley office; Gemma Hill (employment) and Rachel Smith (agriculture and rural affairs) in Northampton; Kate Potter (real estate) and Penny-Jo Wilson (family) in Hereford, and Eimir Tuckett (real estate) and Elizabeth Wickson (medical accident group) in Worcester. Eight lawyers have become associates; Fahmidah Ali (medical accident group) in Birmingham, Holly Lanigan and Qess Ali in the Worcester real estate team, Katherine Dakers in the Worcester employment team, Alexandra Francis (private client) and Alice Gathern (real estate) in Cambridge, and Hauke Harrack (private client) in Northampton. Ashleigh Roberts from Eagle HR has been promoted to become an HR advisor.

Howes Percival has appointed Chris White as a director in its corporate, commercial and banking practice in Milton Keynes. He has in-house experience through a number of secondments with retail companies. He has also worked on a number of IT, technology and e-commerce arrangements including major IT and telecoms hardware procurement and software development, licensing and support arrangements including SaaS/PaaS agreements and advising on data protection issues. He has specific experience in sports related work.

Howes Percival has announced the promotion of Tom Skinner to director and Will Bond to senior associate in the development team based in Norwich. Meanwhile, the team has welcomed Georgie Siddall and Beth Boucher (planning) as newly qualified associate solicitors.

Nelsons has appointed Naomi Bond as an associate in the family law team based in the Leicester office. She has specific experience in divorce proceedings, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and private children matters.

Nelsons has appointed Lesley Harrison as an associate in the dispute resolution team based in the Leicester office.

Sills & Betteridge has appointed Sanjeve Kumar as an associate solicitor in its residential property team based in Nottingham. He qualified as a solicitor in 2007.

Sills & Betteridge has appointed Aleksandra Flack as an associate solicitor in its employment law team. She provides assistance and advice on all aspects of employment law and has considerable experience of representing clients in employment tribunal hearings.

Solicitor advocate, Malik Siddique has joined Stone King’s crime team in Birmingham.

Lodders has appointed Justin Creed as a legal director in the family law team. Creed has exclusively practised family law since 2003, focusing on the resolution of financial affairs and settlements for separating couples. A partner at Wright Hassall since 2006, he joins Lodders after almost ten years as head of the family law team.

mfg Solicitors has appointed solicitor Emily Regimbeau to its agriculture and rural affairs department. Regimbeau specialises in rural property sales, easements and agricultural tenancies. She qualified as a solicitor in 2009.

Birketts has appointed Derryn Rolfe as a legal director in the construction and engineering team. Previously a materials engineer, Rolfe later qualified as a solicitor in 2005. At Birketts she will deal with both contentious and non-contentious advice across the engineering and construction sector.

Birketts has appointed employment law trainer, Jonathan Shevlane, as an associate solicitor in the employment team.

Dr Melis Özdel, an academic and commercial maritime lawyer, has joined Birketts as a consultant. A member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association, she specialises in shipping, international trade law, conflict of laws, and jurisdiction and international commercial arbitration.