Movers & Shakers: North West



  • Simpson Millar has announced the hire of Lorraine Harvey to its national family law team
  • Ward Hadaway has announced the appointment of a new director to head up the firm’s social housing offering in Manchester: Melanie Dirom
  • Michael McNally and Adam Pavey have joined Pannone Corporate as directors in the employment and HR team
  • Aaron & Partners has appointed Vlad Macdonald-Munteanu as a senior associate in the wills, trusts and tax department
  • Simpson Millar has welcomed Alana Graham to its contentious probate team
  • Taylors Solicitors has strengthened its team with the arrival of a commercial disputes partner, Stuart Farr
  • Leonard Curtis Legal has appointed Katharine Lawrenson as a director to head up its dispute resolution team
  • Clough & Willis has promoted Caroline Rimmer to conveyancing assistant
  • Amy Jones has joined Stephensons’ family law department
  • O’Connors has appointed Kerry Brooks as a solicitor in the corporate team
  • Watsons Solicitors has recently welcomed Chris Illingworth to the firm’s conveyancing department
  • Squire Patton Boggs has announced a number of partner promotions including Manchester-based Louise Barber (corporate)
  • Bermans has announced several promotions to partner: Andrew Henderson (asset-based lending team) and Mike Smeaton (litigation and dispute resolution team)
  • Sarah Jay has joined Addleshaw Goddard’s finance team in Manchester as a legal director
  • Harrison Drury has appointed Jonie Little as an associate solicitor in the commercial property team
  • Cartwright King has welcomed immigration solicitor Mohammed Hafejee to its Manchester office
  • Bermans has announced several promotions to senior associate: Gareth Farrelly (sports team), David Keenan (sports team), Alissa Marsh (asset-based lending team), and Melanie Morris (property team)
  • Brabners has appointed Arshia Hashmi as a senior associate in the employment team
  • Stephensons has appointed two solicitors to its commercial department: David Jones (dispute resolution) Sheroze Nadeem (commercial litigation)


  • BLM has re-elected senior partner Matthew Harrington for a second three-year term, effective from 1 March 2021
  • Ridwaan Omar, partner and head of regulatory, insurance, at Forbes solicitors, has gained his NEBOSH National General Certificate on Occupational Health & Safety
  • Jolliffe & Co has announced that current managing partner and head of corporate and commercial, Simon Williams, is to leave Jolliffes on 31 March 2021. Mark Fergusson will take over leadership of the corporate and commercial team. In addition, Hugh Butler, head of the private client team, will become senior partner from 1 April 2021.
  • Weightmans has appointed Toby Morse as its new intelligence manager
  • Ward Hadaway has expanded its environment team in Manchester with the appointment of two solicitors; Emma Collins and Chris Devitt
  • Alex Megaw has joined Clarke Willmott’s Manchester offic, as a consultant in the commercial and private client litigation team
  • Hall Brown Family Law has welcomed solicitors Michelle Ashworth and Holly Cook
  • Myerson Solicitors has welcomed four new solicitors to the firm: Emily Roberts and Hassan Shah (real estate), Katie Hayes (contentious trusts and probate) and Nasima Khatun (commercial)
  • Bromleys Solicitors has welcomed Chris Brayshaw and Rebecca Calverley to its Court of Protection team
  • Capsticks has made a number of recent appointments in its housing team, to include Rebecca Evans
  • Law firm Bromleys has enhanced its Court of Protection team with two appointments; Chris Brayshaw and Rebecca Calverley


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