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Movers & Shakers: Midlands

2014

December

  • Guy Forster has been welcomed as a medical negligence partner at Irwin Mitchell. Gavin Faber has also been welcomed as a partner in the contentious trust and probate team.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has launched a specialist elderly client team.
  • Colin Jones has been appointed at Hewitsons as a managing partner specialising in construction law.
  • Paul Bennett, partner at Aaron &Partners, has been appointed to the Law Society’s Small Firms Committee.
  • Clinical negligence specialists Emma Zukowska and Julie Hardy, of Barratt Goff & Tomlinson, have both achieved APIL accreditation.
  • Mark Satterly has been welcomed at Barr Ellison as a partner in corporate and commercial.
  • Match Solicitors has announced that it is expanding into Birmingham by opening a new office in One Victoria Square.
  • Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors has been joined by town and country planning and development lawyer David Barton and his team from Williams & Co in Ampthill.
  • Stephanie Howe of Howes Percival has been higher level specialist by Resolution.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed Emmett Maginn, Fiona Brownsword and Laura Liversedge as solicitors in the health team.
  • Alexandra Pilc has been appointed at Ashton KCJ as a solicitor in commercial property.
  • Grace Quinn has been welcomed at Henmans Freeth as a solicitor in the private client team.
  • Greenwoods Solicitors LLP has appointed Emily Pumfrey as a newly-qualified solicitor. Kate Spendiff has also joined as a solicitor.
  • Stephen Wilson has qualified as a solicitor and has joined the real estate team at Leathes Prior.
  • Duncan Lewis has appointed Arif Iqbal, Zaheer Ahmed Khan and Kamal Preet Shergill as new crime duty solicitors. Richard O’Hagan has also joined as a consultant solicitor in the child care department.
  • Cheryl McSheen-Bailey has been welcomed at Enoch Evans as a senior solicitor in the probate, tax and trusts department. Jade Cranch has also joined as a criminal paralegal.
  • Dawn White has been appointed as an assistant solicitor in the private client team at DBS Law.
  • Rita Patel has been welcomed at Spearing Waite as a residential conveyancing associate.
  • Holly Smith has been welcomed as a senior associate in commercial property at Buckles Solicitors LLP.
  • Anthony Collins Solicitors has welcomed Cliff Mills as a consultant in the governance and commercial team.
  • Neil Hobden has been appointed as a partner in family at Shoosmiths.
  • Adrienne Copithorne has been promoted to partner at Richard Buxton. Lisa Foster has also been appointed as a partner.
  • Rogers & Norton has acquired Nicholas Daykin Solicitors.
  • Rebecca Calden-Storr has been welcomed at Shoosmiths as a solicitor in the family team.
  • Birketts has welcomed Matthew Gowen as a barrister in the corporate and criminal defence team.
  • Birketts has welcomed the following into the corporate team: Karl Pocock as a senior associate; Kitty Rosser and Paul Palik as associate; as well as Nikki Reid as a solicitor upon qualification.
  • Carly Weyman has been welcomed at Harrison Clark Shawcross as a family associate.
  • Thursfields has announced a new technology, entertainment and media sector team. Stuart Price will lead the team.
  • Andrew & Co has promoted Sue Leadbeater, Helen Bell and Jo Sworder to associate.
  • Kate Hickey has been welcomed at Willans as an associate in the company commercial team.
  • Rothera Dowson has welcomed barrister Olivia Maginn to its transport team.
  • Hannah Young has qualified into the litigation team at Woodfines.
  • Jane Pearsey has been welcomed as head of commercial property at Ringrose Law Group.
  • Penningtons Manches has welcomed William Axtell as a corporate partner.
  • Cartwright King has announced its merger with The First Law Partnership from January 2015.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has promoted Claire Thompson to partner in employment and Rob Cobley and David Bayliss as partners in the commercial department.
  • Julie Park has been appointed as a partner in the catastrophic injury department at Keoghs.
  • Chet Desai has been appointed as a child care manager Cartwright King.
  • Paul Grundy has been promoted to associate at Harrison Clark Rickerbys in the insolvency department.
  • Glyn Morris has become the first non-lawyer partner at Higgs & Sons following the authorisation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for it to become an ABS.
  • Tom Evans has been appointed as an associate solicitor in the private client department at Thursfields. Mandeep Landra and Jane Salmon have also joined as assistant solicitors.
  • Liz Stevens has joined Birketts as a professional support lawyer in employment law.
  • Chattertons has appointed Matthew Worley as a solicitor in the commercial and agricultural property.
  • Lynda Richards has been appointed as an associate in the wills, trusts and tax team at Aaron & Partners.
  • Lodders has appointed Caroline Nemecek as an associate in the estates and agricultural team.
  • Bernard Shepherd has joined Clark Brookes Turner Cary as a consultant solicitor specialising in private client and property work.

November

  • James Woodward has been appointed at Fraser Brown as a senior associate in commercial property. Liam Wilkinson has also qualified as a solicitor in the team.
  • Clare Threlfall has been appointed as a senior solicitor in private client at Greenwoods Solicitors LLP
  • Buckles Solicitors LLP has appointed Chris Faulkner as a senior associate in the commercial team.
  • Andrew & Co Solicitors has welcomed Dawn Broomhamas as conveyancing executive.
  • Idnan Deen of Duncan Lewis Solicitors has been appointed to the Law Society Childcare Law Panel.
  • Charlotte Disney has been appointed at Leathes Prior as business development and marketing manager.
  • Juliette Fisher has been welcomed as head of property at Jordans.
  • Hallmark Hulme has appointed Pat Beeching as a consultant solicitor in the family team.
  • Greenwoods Solicitors LLP has welcomed Ollie Flowers and Danielle Hainsby as solicitors after training with the firm.
  • Joy Plummer has been appointed as a commercial property solicitor at Hegarty.
  • Stuart Newell, Anna Howat and David Chambers have been appointed as solicitors at Chattertons.
  • Spratt Endicott and Alfred Truman Solicitors have merged. Claire Barwick has joined the property department of Spratt Endicott.
  • Vijay Bange has joined Trowers & Hamlins as a construction litigation partner.
  • HCB Solicitors has acquired Clive Shepherd & Co.
  • Jon Croxford has been promoted at Meridian Private Client as a partner.
  • Irwin Mitchell has welcomed Siobhan Mulrey as an employment solicitor.
  • Penningtons Manches has appointed property specialists Amy Irvine and Becky Marsden.
  • Stephen Meredith has been appointed at mfg Solicitors as a solicitor in the private client department.
  • Ryan Robinson has been welcomed at Shulmans as the new head of debt recovery services.
  • Nelsons Solicitors has promoted the following to associate: Chris Huntingford in conveyancing, Melanie Morton in employment, Emma Davies in Private Law Children Act disputes and Simon Key in the commercial department.
  • Aimee Hedley has been promoted to associate in the commercial law department of MCP Solicitors.

October

  • Norton Rose Fulbright has welcomed Duncan Field as a partner and head of planning.
  • David Boyd has joined Eversheds Agile, the firm’s contract lawyer business. Simon Mead will also take the role as head of banking.
  • Tom Hibbert has been appointed as global head of commercial disputes at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.
  • Niall McAlisterhas been welcomed at Olswang as a corporate partner.
  • Andrew Meads has been appointed at Reed Smith as a partner.
  • Bird & Bird has appointed Joanne Wheeler as a partner.
  • Marie-Caroline Frochot has been appointed at Lewis Silkin as a partner in the corporate department.
  • DWF has appointed partner Alan Owens to its national commercial litigation team.
  • Family law specialist Philippa Dolan has been appointed as a partner in the private client department at Collyer Bristow.
  • Morgan Lewis has welcomed Tim Corbett as a partner in the business and finance practice.
  • Farrer & Co has re-appointed Marianne Kafenaas a private client partner. Siobhan Jones has also been welcomed into the disputes team.
  • Gateley has appointed Daniel French as a partner in corporate recovery and restructuring.
  • Kate Lloyd has joined the pensions team as a partner at Gateley.
  • Geldards has announced that it proposes to acquire Robinsons Solicitors, which is based in Derby and Ilkeston.
  • Cozens-Hardy LLP has appointed Caroline Lindsell and Dan Evans as principals of the commercial property team.
  • Chattertons has appointed three new partners: Jonathan Blythe, Stephen Fielding and Paula Hurst.
  • Blocks Solicitors has promoted Demelza Butler to partner in family and matrimonial law.
  • Edward Hands & Lewis has acquired Pricketts.
  • Mills & Reeve has announced that family law solicitor Sue Brookes has qualified as a mediator.
  • Helen Gough has joined mfg Solicitors as a senior assistant in the farming and rural affairs team.
  • Howes Percival has appointed Nicola Curle as an associate in the property team.
  • BPE has welcomed associate solicitor Cara Forrest to the commercial property department. Laura Pitcher has also joined the department as a solicitor. Thomas Christie, Annie Pickering and James Morgan have been appointed as paralegals with the firm.
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys has appointed Nicola Purveur as head of the Cheltenham residential property team.
  • Henmans Freeth has announced that personal injury senior associate Irvin Thobourne has been appointed as a chairman of the magistrates' court in Buckinghamshire.
  • Cozens-Hardy LLP has appointed chartered legal executive Lisa Greeves as an associate in its trusts and probate department.
  • Lanyon Bowdler has welcomed newly-qualified solicitors Tim Roberts and Lucy Speed on completion of their training contracts with the firm.
  • Actons has appointed James Bolton and Pramila Meghani as associates.

September