Movers & Shakers: North West

2019

June

  • Clyde & Co has announced its partner promotion round. Chris Eccles (insurance – casualty) has been promoted to equity partner in the Manchester office.
  • Hill Dickinson has promoted a number of legal directors to partner including private client lawyer Susan Sherry in the Liverpool office.
  • DAC Beachcroft has announced the promotion of 19 new partners. In the Manchester office Morgan Nash has been promoted.
  • CMS has announced its partner promotion round. In the firm’s Manchester office Tanya Francis (real estate) has been promoted. It has also announced the appointment of partner Matthew Davies who will be joining the firm’s corporate practice in Manchester.
  • Shoosmiths has announced a number of new partners in its May 2019 promotions round. In the Manchester office, James Brodie (real estate) and Kirsty Black (real estate) have been promoted.
  • Weightmans has made a number of partner promotions, including Catriona Wolfenden (innovation manager) and Thomas Starkey (social housing) in the Liverpool office.
  • Mills & Reeve has promoted a number of principal associates to partner with effect from 1 June 2019, including Carol Couse (sports team) in the Manchester office.
  • TLT has made a number of partner promotions including Kuldip Dhanoya (commercial) in the Manchester office.
  • Slater Heelis has appointed Jim Tully as a partner. It has promoted Rhian Owen, Alex Sealy and Daniel Stern to partner.
  • Gorvins Solicitors has promoted Nicola Fraser to head of family and matrimonial law.
  • TLT has made a number of promotions to legal director including Roisin McGlinn (financial services), Helen Daley (construction) and Debbie Reynolds (planning and environment) in the Manchester office.
  • Brabners LLP has hired divorce law specialist Amy Harris as a senior associate in the firm’s family team.
  • Emma Roberts has joined Stephensons family law team in Manchester.

May

  • Victoria Cross has joined Harrison Drury as a private client solicitor.
  • Eversheds Sutherland has made a number of partner promotions, including Simon Daniel (pensions), Jane Southworth (environment H&S) and Elizabeth Cartwright (real estate) in Manchester.
  • Addleshaw Goddard has announced the promotion of eight partners across its UK and international offices. In the firm’s Manchester office Nick Ashcroft (litigation), Lucy Butterworth (real estate) and Kerry Westland (AGID) have been promoted to partner.
  • Hill Dickinson has announced that Geraldine Ryan, head of the firm’s Manchester office and of the commercial litigation and dispute resolution team, has been appointed to the board of directors of Manchester Football Association.
  • Pinsent Masons has promoted a number of new partners. In the firm’s Manchester office Siân Hughes (infrastructure) and Robert Tellwright (financial services) have been promoted.
  • Eversheds Sutherland has made a number of promotions to legal director, including Kate Ellis (commercial) and Tom Whitfield (CDR) in Manchester.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed senior associate Amy Harris.
  • Leigh Day has promoted a number of new associates. In Manchester they are Lauren Tully (clinical negligence); Ryan Bradshaw (employment); and Joseph Dawson and Steven Dickens (personal injury).
  • Solicitor Gillian Rigby has joined the family team at Napthens. She will be based across the firm’s offices in Preston and Southport and has more than ten years’ experience in family law.
  • Fieldfisher has appointed Martin Bloor as an associate in the real estate team based in the Manchester office.
  • Davis Blank Furniss has promoted property lawyer Jennifer Smith to partner. It has also promoted private client solicitor Lewis Thompson to associate solicitor.
  • Hempsons has welcomed the return of partner Oliver Crich to the firm’s Manchester office.
  • Paul Chamberlain has joined the employment team at JMW Solicitors as head of the team and as an equity partner.
  • Hill Dickinson has appointed Richard Leslie as a senior associate based in the firm’s Manchester office.  Leslie joins from Weightmans where he previously worked as a consultant solicitor for five years.
  • Harrison Drury has expanded its private client team with the appointment of Elizabeth Fletcher as an associate. The firm has also welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Alex Walmsley on the successful completion of his training contract.
  • Gabrielle Read-Thomas has joined Stowe Family Law LLP in the Altrincham office.
  • Jim Smith has joined Bell Lamb & Joynson Solicitors’ criminal defence team in Liverpool.
  • Forbes Solicitors has appointed associate Kirsty Varley to its housing and regeneration team.
  • Baines Wilson has appointed Adam Turley as an intellectual property law specialist. Turley joins as an associate solicitor from an intellectual property law firm in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • FDR Law has been joined by Michelle Davis and Stephen MacKellar in the wills, trusts and probate team.
  • Solicitor Rebecca Miller has joined the employment and HR department at Napthens.
  • Clough & Willis has appointed conveyancer Andrew Rodbourne to its residential property department.
  • Horwich Farrelly has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Kathryn Dingley to the firm.
  • HCB Berry & Berry has announced the promotions of Christine Davies (residential property) to senior associate and Angela Rainford (wills and probate) and Kenny Ip (litigation and employment) to director.

April

  • SAS Daniels has promoted James Goddard to partner in the firm’s commercial property and agricultural teams in Chester.  Scott Tams has also been promoted to partner in the commercial property team and will be based predominantly at the firm’s Stockport office.
  • Criminal and regulatory lawyer, Alan Fox, has joined Addleshaw Goddard as a legal director in the corporate crime and regulatory investigations team.
  • Geraldine Stephens has joined Clarke Willmott’s commercial litigation team in Manchester.
  • Scott Rees & Co. has announced that Naomi Connor has become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She originally joined the firm in 2010 as a filing clerk and now works in the catastrophic injury department.
  • Marsden Rawsthorn welcomed solicitor Iain Blundell to its dispute resolution team.
  • Camilla Burton-Baddeley in the Altrincham office of Stowe Family Law LLP has been accredited as a specialist in complex financial remedies and private children law by Resolution.
  • FS Legal has appointed Christine Newton as a legal director based in Manchester.
  • Victoria Marsh, a solicitor in Russell & Russell’s wills and probate department, has gained her Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
  • JMW solicitors has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and welcomed Corporate Andy Reid as its ambassador.
  • Eversheds Sutherland has appointed Michael Birchall as a partner in the corporate team.
  • Forbes Solicitors has welcomed Jane Burbidge back to the firm as a partner and head of the wills, probate, tax and trusts team.
  • Russell & Russell Solicitors has made three new additions to its leadership team. Zoe Harryman, Jill Hughes and Richard Querelle have all become equity partners in the property department.
  • Napthens has appointed Tony Coates as a partner and head of its commercial property team in Southport.
  • Slater and Gordon has welcomed a number of newly-qualified solicitors to its Manchester and Bolton offices on the successful completion of their training contracts. They are: Benjamin Wells, Elizabeth Morrice. Terri Kelly, Pamela Dick, Firdous Patel and Annie Lau.
  • Forbes Solicitors has announced three newly qualified solicitors. Olivia Jack works in the dispute resolution department; Michael Rutter works in the commercial property department; whilst Lucy Bailey works in the dispute resolution department predominantly advising on commercial litigation.
  • Baines Wilson has made two associate appointments to its commercial property team. Having worked with developers, landowners and housing associates, Kathryn Dean has experience in all types of commercial property transactions. Lucie Barnes specialises in landlord and tenant litigation as well as disputes about land and real estate.
  • Farleys Solicitors has appointed insolvency specialist Mark Hague as an associate in its commercial team.
  • Zoe Fleming, a private client specialist, has joined Vincents Solicitors as a solicitor based in the Lytham office.
  • Clough & Willis has appointed Andrew Palmer as a senior associate in the commercial property team.
  • Burnetts Solicitors has made a number of senior promotions. Commercial solicitors Abigail Clucas, Rebecca Joy, Sarah Loan and Anna Lovett have been promoted to associate solicitor and associate Rob Winder (a chartered legal executive) who is promoted to senior associate.

March

  • DLA Piper has announced that asset finance lawyer Rebecca Williams will be joining the firm as a partner in its finance and projects practice.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed Christian Dingwall as a partner in the health practice.
  • Forbes Solicitors has promoted housing specialist Lucie Cocker to partner.
  • Taylor Rose TTKW has appointed Felicity Marsden as a partner. She advises clients on residential and commercial property as well as private client matters.
  • Addleshaw Goddard has appointed Jade Chan as a tax associate.
  • Irwin Mitchell has made a number of senior appointments. In Manchester, Lucy Bazley and Sally Murphy (both court of protection) have been promoted to associate and Kevin Saul and Sharon Williams (both medical negligence) have been promoted to senior associate. At Ascent, Tahir Bashir - head of unsecured servicing - has been promoted to senior associate.
  • DWF has appointed director Christopher Noel to head the Manchester private capital team.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed corporate and competition lawyer Rebecca Hainsworth to its health practice team.
  • Aaron & Partners has made two appointments to its wills, trusts and tax team: Alison Wright and Paul Caslin.
  • Oglethorpe Sturton Gillibrand has appointed solicitor Avelina Wright as a member of the agricultural department based in the Kirkby Lonsdale office.
  • Trowers & Hamlins has announced it has retained ten of their trainees qualifying Spring 2019. Two of the newly qualified solicitors will be based in the firm’s Manchester office. They are: Vikki Cunliffe and Tom Wrigley.
  • Primas Law is expanding in Manchester with the appointment of newly qualified solicitors Josh McConnell and Shauna Thompson to the real estate team.
  • DAC Beachcroft has welcomed partner Sally Morris-Smith to its national real estate team. She will be based at the firm’s Manchester office.
  • Weightmans has appointed Ian Hardman as a partner. He joins the firm’s national environment team in Manchester.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed Peter Allen as a corporate partner in the Manchester office.
  • Lanyon Bowdler has appointed Debbie Humphries as a partner. Humphries joined the firm 20 years ago as a trainee and has worked in the personal injury department since qualifying in 2000.
  • Butcher & Barlow has welcomed Daniel Woodcock as a commercial property partner.
  • Weightmans has appointed John-Paul Dennis as an associate. He will head up its wills, trust and estates team in Liverpool.
  • Fieldings Porter has announced that Amy Settle has been appointed as head of conveyancing. Settle has worked at the firm for 16 years.
  • Forbes Solicitors has appointed Kat Parkinson as a solicitor in its commercial employment team in the Preston office.
  • Aaron & Partners has appointed solicitor Katie Hughes-Beddows to its family team on the successful completion of her training contract with the firm.
  • Harrison Drury has appointed solicitor Elizabeth Fletcher to its private client team.

February

  • Burnetts Solicitors has welcomed four new equity partners to the firm. They are: Helen Hayward, James Johnston, Robbie Mather and Michael Walby. Mather and Hayward are appointed as heads of commercial property.
  • Forbes Solicitors has expanded its employment team in to Manchester city centre. The move coincides with partner Emma Swan being appointed as head of commercial employment and partner Ruth Rule-Mullen being appointed as head of public sector employment.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed Elspeth Christie as a partner in its construction practice.
  • Bermans has welcomed solicitor Simon Taylor as a partner and head of its sport and entertainment team.
  • Capsticks has added two new members to its housing management team. Claire Hogan-Clarke and Ian Larkins have joined the team working from the Chorley and Manchester offices.
  • Blackpool firm Blackhurst Budd has appointed Sharon Emslie as head of its family law department.
  • The Manchester office of Simpson Millar has appointed chartered legal executive Caroline Hurst from Switalskis Solicitors.
  • DWF has appointed Jamie Whalebone as head of legal service delivery and transformation, and Jason Macarthur as head of client solutions.

January

  • Eversheds Sutherland has appointed Zia Ullah as head of the corporate crime and investigations group based in the Manchester office.
  • Rachel Atherton has joined the commercial team at Napthens as a senior associate solicitor.
  • Robert Donlan, a senior associate in the personal injury department at Stephensons, has achieved fellowship status from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).
  • Birchall Blackburn has welcomed two specialists to the personal injury team. Antonia Riley joins as a serious & catastrophic injury solicitor, whilst Mahima Mahzabin has joined as a personal injury paralegal.
  • Almas Patankar has qualified into the tax, trusts and estates department at Chafes Hague Lambert.
  • The Manchester office of Clarke Willmott has appointed Paul Davies as a partner and head of its private capital team.
  • SAS Daniels has relocated its Chester office from White Friars to Vicar’s Lane.
  • Weightmans has appointed employment law specialist Ian Pace as associate in the healthcare team.
  • The Manchester office of Leigh Day has appointed Rebecca Ridgeon as a solicitor in its clinical negligence team.
  • Hudgell Solicitors has opened an office in Manchester which will be run by senior solicitor and head of travel litigation Paul McClorry.
  • Aaron & Partners has appointed Gavin Ball to lead its internal quality and compliance division.
  • Nicola Dickinson has been appointed to the board of Thorneycroft Solicitors as director of volume legal services and legal operations.
  • Napthens has appointed solicitor Chris Crawley as a member of the commercial property team.

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