Movers & Shakers: North West

2022

January

Keoghs property risks & coverage team has launched a permanently based Manchester team.

Stephensons has appointed Winston Kan, a specialist dispute resolution solicitor, as a member of the commercial litigation department.

Napthens has made a number of senior appointments. Clare Player has been appointed as a senior associate solicitor in the commercial property team.  Also joining the commercial property team are solicitors Mark Townsend and Alexandra White. Further additions to the real estate team include solicitor David Harris and legal assistant Rebecca Mathieson who has joined the specialist plot sales unit, whilst June Higgins has been appointed associate solicitor to the firm’s rural team. Napthens has also made five additions to its residential conveyancing team, with Karen Cockburn, Hayley Mathews and Rachel Davidson appointed as conveyancing executives.  Meanwhile, solicitor Jordan Withers has joined the commercial team. Neil Hughes- Hutchings has been appointed senior health and safety consultant , with Jessica Richards joining as a consultant, and Natalie Olsen as service delivery manager. Capsticks has welcomed a number of new joiners in the firm’s housing and regeneration team. Joining the Chorley office are: senior solicitor Sabina Patel, solicitors Zayna Ibrahim and Andrea James and paralegal Andrea James.

Vincents Solicitors has expanded its private client team in Garstang with the appointment of solicitor Dan Pinder, legal assistant Mary Greenway and probate clerk Virginia Webster.

The appointments of 101 new Queen’s Counsel have been announced. In Manchester: Richard Whitehall (Deans Court Chambers), Sarah Reid (Kings Chambers); and in Liverpool: Christopher Barnes (Exchange Chambers) and Andrew Ford (7 Harrington Street Chambers) have been appointed.

Exchange Chambers has been joined by Richard Brigden as a new member in the criminal department.

St Johns Buildings has welcomed Khurram Karim to chambers.

15 Winckley Square has announced that three members of its criminal team have been appointed to new CPS panel grades.  Jack Troup is now appointed to grade 3 on the general crime advocate panel. Holly Nelson is now appointed to grade 2 on the serious crime, specialist advocate panel.  Meanwhile, Peter Connick is now appointed to grade 2 on the serious crime, specialist advocate panel.

February

Addleshaw Goddard has appointed Dan Sweeney, as a partner to join its retail and consumer and real estate teams.

Knights plc has recruited Rebecca Moore as a partner in the Manchester office.

Brabners has appointed John Spofforth as a partner.

Taylors Solicitors has appointed John Lomax as a partner and head of commercial property.

Davis Blank Furniss has appointed Claire Birch as a residential conveyancer in the Manchester office.

Cobden House Chambers has welcomed Chloë Booth and Gareth Hancock to chambers.

9 St John Street has announced that Simon Blakebrough has been appointed as a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Court).

March

Fieldfisher has welcomed Keith Cundall to the firm’s Manchester office where he is a serious injury lawyer.

Kuits has promoted partner Paul Bricknell to head of tax & estate planning. Bricknell, who joined the private client team at Kuits ten years ago, takes over from Graham Wood.

Weightmans has announced the promotion of Stuart Whittle to chief innovation and technology officer, a new role for the firm with direct accountability for providing an increased service and product offering to its clients. Additionally, Catriona Wolfenden, innovation manager over the last four years, has been promoted to product and innovation director where she will be running a team of product and innovation partners, legal engineers and technologists, and product managers.

Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of new non-executive director, Vikas Shah MBE. Shah is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and visiting professor, with significant experience in the business-to-business sector.

Joseph Mitchell has joined the property litigation team at Harrison Drury.

Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors has appointed associate solicitor Clare Rogers. She advises on the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, Court of Protection  applications, probate and all aspects relating to the administration of estates.

Price Slater Gawne has appointed Ainsley Pritchard as a solicitor in the family law team.

Butcher & Barlow has announced a number of appointments to its commercial team. Nick Ball re-joins the firm having previously worked in the firm’s Northwich office in 2019. Mark Turner joins the dispute resolution team and has 25 years’ experience. Solicitor Jo Ormiston, who has a background in the legal aspects of the construction industry.

Primas Law has appointed Carl Sebastian as a senior litigation associate. Sebastian specialises in finance, mortgage and banking litigation, professional

negligence, and construction litigation.

KBL Solicitors has appointed Alison Horsfield as an associate solicitor in the insolvency team based in the Blackburn office.

Ramsdens Solicitors has appointed  Sandra Crichton as a senior associate in the corporate and commercial team.

DCB Legal has appointed Lee Samuels-Camozzi as strategy director.

April

Shoosmiths has appointed partner Elia Montorio to its corporate department in  Manchester. She will focus on supporting UK and overseas publicly listed and large private companies on their mergers and acquisitions and growth strategies.

Mills & Reeve has appointed Claire Gregory as a partner in its environment team. She advises on contentious and non-contentious environmental law matters including contaminated land, landfill waste and water, brownfield development, environmental permitting, energy regulation, chemicals regulation, site decommissioning and development.

Victoria Melluish, a solicitor in the Stephensons’ family law department has attained the Law Society children law accreditation.

A real estate team from the Birmingham office of Harrison Clark Rickerbys (hcr) have joined digital law firm arch.law to launch a new service for buy-to-let conveyancing. Led by former hcr partner and head of real estate, Martin McQueen, arch.ia provide investment property acquisition services to UK and overseas investors in the UK investment and buy-to-let markets. The team – which includes operations director Lindsey McQueen, Aura Persad, Ciara Morris and Rebecca Oxley – focuses on the volume acquisition of new- build residential property and has pioneered a new model known as ‘reverse plot sales’. Instead of acting for the developer of a new- build scheme, they act for the buyers, in some cases as many as 100 at a time - which enables them to exercise economies of scale and speeds up the process for both sides.

Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall solicitors has expanded its wills, trusts and probate team with the appointment of associate Jennifer Moorhouse. She advises on complex trust and estate matters, specialising in inheritance and succession planning. She is also experienced in Court of Protection matters and the preparation of lasting powers of attorney.

Jennifer Gadson has joined equity release lender more2life as in-house lead conveyancer. Gadson qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has more than 18 years’ experience in residential conveyancing. She has a specialism in leasehold ownership and held accreditations by the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners.

Exchange Chambers has welcomed Caitlin Edwards as a new member in Liverpool following the successful completion of her common law pupillage.

May

Eversheds Sutherland (International) has made 31 partner promotions with effect from 1 May 2022. They include Manchester- based Sarah Duignan (restructuring) and Jayne Speers (core real estate).

Pinsent Masons has appointed employment partner Neil Black as head of its Manchester office. Black joined the firm in 2005 and leads the employment and reward team in Manchester. He succeeds corporate partner Helen Ridge in the role. Ridge is retiring from the firm following a 16- year career at the firm.

Addleshaw Goddard has invited 20 lawyers to join its partnership, as of 1 May 2022. Promoted in Manchester are: Philip Dupres (infrastructure projects & energy); Ben Edwards  (finance); Sarah Foster (restructuring); Victoria Pool (commercial disputes); Stephanie Townley (infrastructure projects & energy); and Lizzie Wareing (finance).

DAC Beachcroft has appointed Oliver Crich as a partner in its health, care and public law team.

CMS has announced the promotion of 60 new partners. Manchester-based Dave Lawson (real estate) joins the partnership.

Napthens has appointed partner Kieran Donovan as head of its Liverpool office. He advises on mergers and acquisitions, buy-and-build strategies, disposals, venture capital, private equity and other investments, succession planning, joint ventures and shareholder reorganisations.

CFG Law has promoted Siobhan Thacker to partner in the Bury St Edmunds office. Thacker, who joined the firm in 2021, is a specialist in catastrophic injuries, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, amputations and complex multiple fractures.

Primas Law has announced the appointment of two employment partners, David Walton and Danielle Ayres. Walton will lead the employment team and has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist employment solicitor. He is a litigator and employment tribunal advocate. He is also has extensive experience as a corporate employment lawyer. Ayres advises on all aspects of the employment relationship, such as recruitment, disciplinaries and contractual issues.

TLT has appointed Caroline McEvoy as a legal director in the real estate team based in the Manchester office. McEvoy has over 19 years’ experience in real estate, specialising in real estate finance, asset management and corporate support matters.

CFG Law has promoted solicitors Daniel Robinson and Sarah Williams to associates.

Primas Law, has appointed Dylan Quail to its corporate recoveries and insolvency team as a consultant. Quail is based in the firm’s Manchester office.

Primas Law has made four internal promotions. Litigation solicitors, Hannah Wilson and Lauren Steel-Smith and corporate and commercial solicitors Jonathan Barratt and Alena Makarevich have all been promoted to associates in their respective teams.

CFG Law has promoted office services manager Emma Greenhalgh, and business improvement lead Wayne McMurdock, to associates.

Kenworthy’s Chambers has announced Jason Harwood will be joining the set in April 2022. He will join the personal injury and clinical negligence team.

Following the successful completion of her pupillage, Ayse Akgol has become a member at Central Chambers. She will be joining the family team.

Linenhall Chambers has announced the retirement from practice of Heather Erwood. Called in 1993, she was a senior member of the family team, specialising in Public Law Children Act proceedings.

June

DAC Beachcroft has announced 17 promotions to partner with effect from 1 May 2022. Chris Air (commercial & technology) and Lyn Crawford (professional & commercial risks) have been promoted in Manchester.

Browne Jacobson’s financial & professional risks group has appointed Jason Nash, to head up its new professional indemnity (PI) practice in Manchester.

Christine Thornley, head of tax, trusts and estates at Irwin Mitchell in Manchester, has been appointed to the Manchester committee of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Thornley joined Irwin Mitchell in 2021 and has decades of experience in tax, trusts and estates.

Thompsons solicitors has announced the promotion of Catherine Horner to regional managing partner. Horner is a manager with more than 20 years’ experience in the personal injury sector and joined the firm in 2002.

Gorvins solicitors has appointed Danielle Clements as a partner in Manchester. Clements joined the firm in 2008 and has more than 14 years’ experience in dispute resolution, in particular contentious probate matters.

Evolve Family Law, which was established in 2015 by Robin Charrot and Louise Halford, is now 100% owned by a newly established employee ownership trust.

Price Slater Gawne has promoted Tom Young (head of Court of Protection), Laura Bywater (head of wealth protection) and Andrew Harrison (clinical negligence) to partners.

Mills & Reeve has promoted a number of principal associates to partner with effect from 1 June 2022, including one in Manchester. Vicky Protano is a corporate lawyer with a particular focus in the life sciences and technology sectors.

DAC Beachcroft has announced 18 promotions to legal director with effect from 1 May 2022. They include Manchester-based Barrie Hall, Peter Newstead (both claims solutions) and Andrew Martin (professional & commercial risks).

Irwin Mitchell has promoted Lara Tucker to senior associate in the family team based in the Manchester office.

Irwin Mitchell has announced that senior family associate solicitor Hannah Saxe has been elected to the national Resolution committee.

Simpson Millar has expanded its Court of Protection team. Joining the firm are solicitor Holly White, paralegal Radek Wojtylko, senior paralegal Pete Myers, and legal administrator Alex Kimpton. She specialises in supporting clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, or who need a professional deputy because of complex family dynamics. Myers has worked with many who have experienced life-changing injuries including brain and spinal injuries.

Simpson Millar has appointed Kate Sweeney as director of injury, leading the firm’s medical negligence, personal injury and catastrophic injury teams. She is a regional coordinator for the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS).

Price Slater Gawne has made a number of senior promotions. Promoted to senior associate are Jonathan Grundy (serious injury), Matt Tomaszewski (HR manager), and Laura Zander, Niall Costello and Sophie Fox (all clinical negligence). Promoted to associate are Gail Galloway (wealth protection), Clare Tinker, Mairin Costello and Sarah Ratcliffe (all clinical negligence), and Jack Fitzsimons (accounts).

Primas Law has appointed Alexia Savar as a solicitor in the corporate recoveries and insolvency department based in Manchester. She has experience of acting for insolvency practitioners and directors with particular expertise in contentious matters including director disqualification proceedings.

Capsticks has welcomed two principal associates, Emma Shubrook and Lucy Williams, and an associate Adam Hartridge, to its health and justice team, as well as partner Naomi McMaster. Shubrook handles high-risk inquests for police, prison, probation and healthcare organisations. Williams has acted in inquests arising out of deaths in prisons, police custody, care homes and probation settings. Hartridge manages inquests in prison and healthcare settings, including representing clients at pre-inquest reviews.

Sam Jones has joined the family team at Central Chambers. Jones has worked in family law for over a decade in various roles.

July

Hill Dickinson has announced the promotion of six new partners in its Summer  2022 promotions round. They include: Liverpool-based Caroline Prosser (employment) and Gill Stoll (health litigation); and in Manchester Andrew Little (commercial litigation).

Trowers & Hamlins has made a number of partner promotions, including Laura Welchew (employment & pensions) and Sam Coward (dispute resolution and litigation) in Manchester.

Irwin Mitchell has announced the appointment of new employment law partner, Helen Kidd, to its Manchester office. J

Ward Hadaway has promoted Melanie Gavin (healthcare) to partner in the Manchester office.

Brabners has promoted five new partners. Employment lawyer Laura Darnley is based in the Manchester office. She joined the firm in 2019 following the merger of employment law specialists HRC Law into Brabners. She advises on all aspects of immigration compliance and leads the firm’s business immigration law practice. Helen Otty is based in Liverpool and is a litigator. She has more than 20 years’ experience. David Seddon is a corporate lawyer who joined the firm as a trainee in 2011, he is based in Liverpool and is a member of the pharmacy merger and acquisition team. Helen Burns is a real estate finance specialist, acting for clients including institutional and private lenders, local authorities, local businesses, family offices and asset managers. Andrius Roos is a non-contentious housing lawyer who leads the home ownership, plot sales and residential property teams.

JMW solicitors has announced that Ruben Sinha has joined the firm as a partner in the family law team in Manchester. 

Burnetts solicitors has appointed partner Michael Walby as head of the corporate department. 

Burnetts solicitors has announced that head of medical negligence and serious injury Spencer Knaggs has become an equity partner. 

Stowe Family Law LLP has promoted  Matthew Taylor to partner in the Liverpool office.

Davitt Jones Bould has appointed planning specialist Stephanie Hall as a partner. 

Harrison Drury has appointed hospitality and leisure sector specialist Samantha Faud as an associate solicitor based in the Clitheroe office.

Harrison Drury has appointed Jessica Casson-Grave as a solicitor in the commercial dispute resolution and insolvency team. Casson-Grave has a particular focus on the agricultural sector.

Vincents Solicitors has appointed Michael Sandys as director of corporate and commercial. 

Browne Jacobson has welcomed a team of professional indemnity specialists; Jason Nash and Michael Appleby are senior associates Gemma Stewart and Katie Connell, associates Mark Wimbleton and Beth Anderton, and legal assistant Lewis Whittaker.

Butcher & Barlow has welcomed two newly qualified solicitors. Tiffany Shoesmith and Angharad Al-Bazi both began their careers with the firm in 2019 as paralegals before commencing their training contracts in 2020. Shoesmith joins the family department in the Prestwich office while Al-Bazi works in the property dispute resolution team in the Gadbrook Park office.

Shannon Bateson has re-joined Cartmell Shepherd as a family law solicitor based in Cockermouth, dealing with all aspects of marital law, divorce, children, cohabitation and domestic violence. 

Freeths has made a number of senior appointments in its employment team, including Lee Ashwood (director) joining the Manchester office.

Venner Shipley has promoted Catrin Petty to partner with effect from 1 July 2022. Petty joined Venner Shipley in 2014 as a part-qualified trainee. She is a UK and European patent attorney in the firm’s chemical and life sciences team, based in Manchester

JMW solicitors has promoted Majid Mahmood to the board as equity partner and to joint head of real estate commercial alongside Thomas Pearson.

Stowe Family Law LLP has opened an office in Bolton. Stowe’s family team in Bolton is headed up by managing partner Gareth Curtis who is joined by partners Kaleel Anwar and Matthew Taylor and a team of family lawyers.

Ward Hadaway has welcomed Oliver Bagnall and Kathryn Bullen to its built environment team in Manchester.  

Gateley Legal has appointed Nick Molloy as legal director within its Manchester residential team.

Slater and Gordon has announced that David Whitmore will be retiring as chief executive and will take on a non-executive, advisory role.

Anthony Collins Solicitors has announced that Kirsty Duxbury, who joined the firm in May 2022, has been appointed as Diocesan Registrar of the Diocese of Worcester, with responsibilities including advising on marriage law, clergy appointments, faculties, pastoral reorganisation, burials, and churchyard matters.

DCB Legal has announced that solicitor Jamie Ashford, technical director at the firm, has been appointed to the British Parking Association council of representatives.

AFG Law has appointed Kate Bullen as head of commercial property.

Marks & Clerk has announced a number of new qualifications. Michael Limb in Manchester has become a dual qualified chartered UK and European patent attorney. Also in Manchester, Amy Morris, Georgia Nichol and Liam O’Connor have become European qualified.

Deans Court Chambers has announced that David Boyle has been appointed as a visiting professor at Dr B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Sonepat (India).

Michael Hayton QC, head of Deans Court Chambers, has been appointed a trustee on the board of pro bono charity Advocate.

His Honour Judge Adrian Bever has been appointed as a Specialist Circuit Judge and has been deployed to the Northern Circuit, based at Manchester County Court.

Daren Guite has been appointed as a Circuit Judge and has been deployed to the Northern Circuit, based at Lancaster County Court.

Matthew Corbett-Jones has been appointed as a Circuit Judge and has been deployed to the Northern Circuit, based at Manchester Crown Court (Minshull Street).

August

JMW solicitors has promoted Majid Mahmood to the board as equity partner and to joint head of real estate commercial alongside Thomas Pearson.

Stowe Family Law LLP has opened an office in Bolton. Stowe’s family team in Bolton is headed up by managing partner Gareth Curtis who is joined by partners Kaleel Anwar and Matthew Taylor and a team of family lawyers.

Ward Hadaway has welcomed Oliver Bagnall and Kathryn Bullen to its built environment team in Manchester.  

Gateley Legal has appointed Nick Molloy as legal director within its Manchester residential team.

Slater and Gordon has announced that David Whitmore will be retiring as chief executive and will take on a non-executive, advisory role.

Anthony Collins Solicitors has announced that Kirsty Duxbury, who joined the firm in May 2022, has been appointed as Diocesan Registrar of the Diocese of Worcester, with responsibilities including advising on marriage law, clergy appointments, faculties, pastoral reorganisation, burials, and churchyard matters.

DCB Legal has announced that solicitor Jamie Ashford, technical director at the firm, has been appointed to the British Parking Association council of representatives.

AFG Law has appointed Kate Bullen as head of commercial property.

Marks & Clerk has announced a number of new qualifications. Michael Limb in Manchester has become a dual qualified chartered UK and European patent attorney. Also in Manchester, Amy Morris, Georgia Nichol and Liam O’Connor have become European qualified.

Deans Court Chambers has announced that David Boyle has been appointed as a visiting professor at Dr B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Sonepat (India).

Michael Hayton QC, head of Deans Court Chambers, has been appointed a trustee on the board of pro bono charity Advocate.

His Honour Judge Adrian Bever has been appointed as a Specialist Circuit Judge and has been deployed to the Northern Circuit, based at Manchester County Court.

Daren Guite has been appointed as a Circuit Judge and has been deployed to the Northern Circuit, based at Lancaster County Court.

Matthew Corbett-Jones has been appointed as a Circuit Judge and has been deployed to the Northern Circuit, based at Manchester Crown Court (Minshull Street).

September

Rosie Korcz has joined Davis Blank Furniss as a partner in the commercial property team, where she will focus on growing the firm’s lending and development work.

DKLM Solicitors has announced the opening of a new office in Manchester. The office, which is located at 310 Piccadilly House, 49 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AP, will be headed up by partner and head of property litigation, Michael Adamson.

Stowe Family Law LLP has opened an office in Wigan. Stowe’s family law team in Wigan is headed up by managing partner Gareth Curtis who is joined by partners Matthew Taylor and Kaleel Anwar and a team of family lawyers.

Harrison Drury has welcomed regulatory and commercial lawyer Terry Griffin to its regulatory law team. The firm has also welcomed senior associate Clare Davey joins and will be based in the firm’s Garstang office.

Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors (GAD) has announced the appointment of John Corkhill to its residential property team.

Burnetts solicitors has made Mike Nicholls head of the wills, trusts and probate team. Meanwhile, the firm has appointed Rachel D’Souza as a senior associate,. Also joining the team is solicitor James Worsick and probate administrator Lucy Wallace returns to the team following maternity leave.

Diane Penlington has joined Butcher & Barlow as a licensed conveyancer in the Prestwich office. Meanwhile, chartered legal executive Su Wilson, who also has over 35 years’ experience in the conveyancing sector, has joined the Frodsham office.

Solicitor Jade Atkinson has returned to Butcher & Barlow as a member of the private client team, having originally trained with the firm.

Fieldings Porter has made three promotions to associate. Lucy Dunning, who joined the firm in 2012, is a member of the private client team. Meanwhile, head of conveyancing Amy Settle has also been promoted.

Solicitor Natasha Forrester has joined the family team at Kuits. Three years post- qualification, Forrester deals with all aspects of family law, including marriage and relationship breakdowns, arrangements for children, financial provision, divorce and nuptial agreements.

HCB Solicitors has welcomed Daniel Rourke as head of private client in the North.

Vincents Solicitors has opened a new branch in Poulton-le-Fylde Lancashire. Commercial property solicitor Sophie Mercer becomes head of the Poulton branch and has been promoted to director of commercial property.

Tim Storrie QC, of Lincoln House Chambers, has become a Bencher of the Middle Temple.

18 St John Street Chambers has announced that Neil Fawcett (call 2006) has joined the business & property team.

Leona Harrison has been appointed as a Circuit Judge and deployed to the Northern Circuit, based at Leyland Family Hearing Centre with effect from 1 September 2022. Harrison will be known as Her Honour Judge Leona Harrison.

Mr Justice Nicholas Hilliard has been appointed as a Presiding Judge on the North Eastern Circuit.

Shoosmiths has appointed Patrick Duffy as a partner in the real estate division based in the Manchester office.

JMW solicitors has appointed two partners in Manchester. Nicola Wilburn- Shaw joins both the family law and sports teams. Maria Lonergan joins JMW’s wills, trust and estate planning department.

Myerson has welcomed partner Leo Rossiter to its commercial property team in Altrincham.

Primas Law has appointed Rory O’Hare as a partner in its commercial team.

The Manchester office of CMS has welcomed senior planning and environment lawyer Chrisa Tsompani.

Shoosmiths has appointed Emma Tonge as a legal director in the real estate division based in the Manchester office.

16 newly qualified lawyers at DAC Beachcroft are staying on in permanent roles following the completion of the firm’s trainee development scheme. Qualifying in the Manchester office is James Gardiner (professional & commercial risk North).

IMD Solicitors has welcomed two new consultant solicitors. Zoya Burbeza joins as a senior consultant solicitor. Stuart Darlington is a commercial property lawyer with more than  20 years’ experience.

Knights plc has announced a number of newly qualified solicitors: Amin Islam, Ben Moverley, Bethany Smith, Charlotte John, Claudia Blyth, Elin Davies, Fiona Elder, Georgia Leydon, Hale Saka, Jessica Carr, Jessica Nicholson, Lucy Dougall, Molly Rae, Natalie Wilson, Sam Alderton, Sam Steckler, Sarah Lonergan, Sarah Mikrut, Stena Rham and Zohaib Masood.

DWF has welcomed the arrival of a team of 47 legal costs management specialists from Manchester-based Acumension to its Connected Services capability.

The MAPD Group has taken a majority stake in Bermans. It joins North West based Jackson Lees, Broudie Jackson Canter and Stoke-based Myers & Co in the group, whose name stands for Making a Positive Difference.

Four solicitors have been promoted to senior associate at Tameside law firm Bromleys.   The quartet are Anthony Theakston, Kate Allsop, Rachael Frankland and Francesca Rigby.  Meanwhile, several non-legal staff at Bromleys have also been promoted. Hailie Applegate has been promoted to associate in the accounts department, where Jackie Brindley has been promoted to legal cashier. Caroline Renshaw, a law costs draftsman, and practice manager Louise Nolan have also become associates. 

Cobden House Chambers has welcomed Esther Agamemnon to the family department.

7 Harrington Street Chambers has announced that Isabella Denn-White and Renn Moucarry have accepted tenancy following the successful completion of pupillage.

18 St John Street Chambers has announced that Betsy Hindle (call 2017) has joined the criminal department.

18 St John Street Chambers has announced that Niamh McGinty and Zara Nawaz have accepted invitations to join chambers, following the successful completion of their pupillages.

9 St John Street has announced that Jaime Hamilton KC has been elected as the next leader of the Northern Circuit replacing Lisa Roberts KC with effect from January 2023.

9 St John Street has announced that Dr John Sorabji has been appointment to the Civil Justice Council for a three year period from 1 August 2022 to 31 July 2025.

9 St John Street has announced that Beth Caunce and Georgia Richardson have both successfully completed their respective pupillages and have accepted an invitation to join chambers.

Mathys & Squire has announced a number of promotions. Partner Catherine Booth (Manchester) has been promoted within the equity partnership.

October

Hill Dickinson has announced that 14 legal directors, across the firm’s UK and international offices, have been elevated to partner status with effect from 1 November 2022. They include: Elan Iorwerth and Helen Penfold (corporate, Liverpool); Kate Steele (commercial litigation, Liverpool); James Down and Sean Lightfoot (corporate, Manchester); Helen Evans (real estate, Manchester); and Richard Allingham (cargo and logistics, Manchester).

Olliers has made four partner promotions in Manchester. Laura Baumanis, who joined the firm in 2005, specialises in representation at the pre- charge stage of criminal investigations. Alex Preston specialises in serious crime, inquests and inquiries. Zita Spencer, who joined the firm in 2003, focuses on sexual allegations, serious crime, fraud and financial crime and representation during criminal investigations. Toby Wilbraham, who has been with the firm for over 20 years, specialises in pre-charge work and cyber crime.

Hill Dickinson has announced the promotion of 16 associates to senior associate positions with effect from 1 November 2022. They include Manchester- based Graeme Anderson and Olivia Jones (business services group/corporate); Chris Parry (business services group/restructuring); and Holly Hynes (health group/advisory). In Liverpool, Jordan Clarke (business services group/banking); Michael French (marine group/shipping); David Crone (health group/advisory); and Rebecca Wakefield (health group/commercial) have been promoted.

Hall Brown Family Law has appointed Madelaine Hailey as a senior associate. The firm has also appointed Rachel Darrell as an associate, joining from Stowe Family Law LLP.

Real estate specialist Amanda Hurst has joined Excello Law in Liverpool.