Movers & Shakers: North West



  • Clyde & Co has expanded its casualty insurance team in Manchester with the appointment of partner Melanie Mooney
  • DWF has appointed Darren Walsh as a senior partner in their energy team
  • Clarke Willmott has welcomed Alex Walsh as a new partner in its commercial property team in Manchester
  • Gateley Holdings plc has announced the acquisition of The Vinden Partnership Limited
  • Burnetts solicitors has announced that it has promoted Spencer Knaggs to partner and head of the medical negligence and serious injury department
  • Ronald Fletcher Baker has expanded in Manchester with the appointment of commercial property partner Paul Pinder
  • Gorvins solicitors has promoted three of its lawyers. Partner Claire Beaumont, Nicole Fraser and Danielle Ayres
  • Marsden Rawsthorn has welcomed conveyancer Michelle Williams to its commercial property team
  • Excello Law has announced the appointment of property development and real estate lawyer Peter Marsden
  • Slater and Gordon has appointed John Connolly as chairman of the firm’s board
  • Nelsons has appointed Aaron Singh as a solicitor in the commerce and technology team
  • Burnetts solicitors has announced a number of promotions. In the medical negligence and serious injury teams Lynne Hall and Michelle Armstrong are promoted to senior associate. Rebecca Joy, banking and property finance; Melissa McManus, corporate; and Caroline Manningham, Court of Protection, are promoted to senior associate. Ben Crystal and Rebecca Davidson, commercial property; Rachael Holliday, residential conveyancing; Johnny Coulthard, litigation; and Vikki Porthouse, Zoe Tremeer-Holme, and Katie Wright, family, are promoted to associate solicitor.
  • Morecrofts has welcomed private client lawyer David Tournafond to the firm as a consultant
  • Nexus Solicitors has welcomed senior solicitor Jessica Hall to its commercial property team
  • Glaisyers Solicitors has appointed Tom Simpson as head of its residential property department in Manchester
  • Primas Law has welcomed solicitors Katie Hitchen and Katy Williamson to its real estate team
  • Browne Jacobson has announced 22 promotions to senior associate. The promotions will take effect from 1 May 2020. In the Manchester office Victoria Colclough (inquest & advisory), Camille Caulfield (real estate), Ryan Brown (corporate), Rebecca Hainsworth (commercial health) and Emma Marshall (commercial dispute resolution) have all been promoted
  • Forbes solicitors has appointed Rebecca Cowdy as an associate solicitor in its dispute resolution team
  • Watson Ramsbottom has announced the appointment of four new associates from within the firm. Dana McIlwaine, Michelle Whitaker, Sophia Isa and Danielle Wane


  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed planning and environmental partner, Claire Petricca-Riding, as national head of a newly combined planning & environment department
  • Simpson Millar has appointed Clare Fleming as a partner in its private practice area team
  • Simpson Millar has relocated its Liverpool team to new offices at Edward Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AF
  • Roy Barry has joined Brabners’ real estate team as a partner
  • Knights plc has appointed three employment partners in the North West, working across the Manchester and Wilmslow offices. Sally Hulston, Martin Price and Malcom Pike
  • Knights Group Holdings plc has acquired Croftons Solicitors, a specialist housing, regeneration and commercial real estate firm in Manchester
  • The Southport office of Napthens has appointed family lawyer Sally Abrams
  • Knights plc has appointed Tessa Rodgerson, Ed Gregory, Carly Mather and Josie Procter as associates in the employment tea
  • SAS Daniels has announced a number of new appointments. The commercial property team has welcomed solicitors
  • Marina Banks, Ben Thomas, Claire Stockwell, Aisha Tanveer, Sehrish Iqbal, Tahsin Khan and Shameem Ali
  • Myerson solicitors has appointed Ian Gordon as a legal director in the real estate group
  • Gabrielle Cairns has joined the property team at Thomson Hayton Winkley as a newly qualified solicitor
  • Adkirk Law has recruited two new members of staff. Anna Sparrow and Kieran Egan


  • Shoosmiths has made a new appointment in its planning and environment team with the recruitment of partner David Mathias
  • Brabners LLP has appointed Stephen Hadlow and Piers Dryden as partners in the corporate team
  • Glaisyers Solicitors has welcomed Ross Wellman as a partner in the firm’s commercial property department in Manchester
  • DLA Piper has appointed Jane Smith and Beth Casinelli as associates in the pensions practice
  • Aaron & Partners has welcomed senior associate Debbie Coyne to its employment team in Chester
  • Nick Kennon, operations director at Carlisle law firm Wragg Mark-Bell, has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel
  • Sarah Heal has joined Wragg Mark- Bell as a private client paralegal
  • Aaron & Partners has appointed Sarah Kennedy as a trust executive in the wills, trust and tax team based in Chester
  • Napthens has appointed Safiya Sidat and Kaine Davey as employment law advisers based in the Blackburn office
  • Daniels has made a number of senior appointments. Claire Porter has been promoted to senior associate in the family law team, Kathryn Clare is now an associate in the dispute resolution team and Aalia Ijaz, who completed her training contract with SAS Daniels to become a qualified solicitor in 2016, has also been made an associate in the wills, trust and probate team in Stockport
  • Thomson Hayton Winkley Solicitors has appointed Vivien Moules as a solicitor in the property team
  • Setfords has made a number of senior appointments. Jeffrey Gilbert joins the firm as a senior consultant
  • Glaisyers Solicitors has announced a number of new hires, Emer McMcool joins the commercial property team as a paralegal, the firm’s corporate team has welcomed solicitor Niki Polymeridou. The employment team has appointed Stevi Hoyle. The commercial litigation department has appointed Charles Hughes as a paralegal
  • Forbes solicitors has launched a notary public service which will be overseen by solicitor Megan Diamond


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