Movers & Shakers: South East



  • Clyde & Co has announced its partner promotion round. Armstrong and Eleanor Coates have been promoted to equity partners in the firm’s marine practice in Guildford.
  • Kennedys has made a number of partner promotions, including Richard Whybrew in the Chelmsford office.
  • Cripps Pemberton Greenish has announced a number of promotions across its legal and business services teams. Four individuals have been promoted to partner; Sally Ashworth from the real estate development team, corporate lawyer Craig Bowers, planning law expert Beth Gascoyne and Richard Mencner who heads up the tax and trusts team.
  • Blake Morgan has expanded its private client team in Southampton with the appointment of partner Paula Shea.
  • Lester Aldridge has promoted Melia Hirst to a partner in the restructuring and insolvency team in Southampton.
  • IBB Solicitors has promoted Harriet Jones to partner in the corporate and commercial practice.
  • Pinney Talfourd has promoted Edward Garston, a company and commercial specialist, to partner.
  • Furley Page has appointed partner Jeremy Ferris as its new head of property dispute resolution.
  • Stevens & Bolton has announced a number of internal promotions. Andrew Dodds (banking and finance), James Hardaker (private client) and James Lister (contentious trusts and probate) have been promoted to partnership.
  • Cripps Pemberton Greenish has announced a number of promotions across its legal and business services teams. Rosa Doval (residential real estate), Kate Hughes (commercial real estate), Lowri Jones (corporate), Simon Schipper (commercial real estate), Christobel Smales (commercial real estate), Tom Trowhill (commercial) and Alison Ward (private client) have been promoted to legal director.
  • DMH Stallard has appointed Sara McGrigor to its private client team in Guildford as a senior associate.
  • Warners Solicitors has made three senior appointments. Cate Silvester and Keith Unger have joined the family law team in Sevenoaks and Tracy Sales has joined the private client team in Tonbridge.
  • CJCH Solicitors has appointed Lauren Powell as a conveyancing solicitor in the Cardiff office.
  • BLM has made a number of promotions from associate to partner, including Gemma Parker (large loss & technical) in the Southampton office.
  • Irwin Mitchell has made a number of partner promotions. Liz Beadsley from the firm’s Chichester office’s tax, trusts and estate team has been promoted. Also in the Chichester office, Brian Dowling (real estate) and in the Gatwick office, Nicola Gooch (real estate) have both been promoted to partner.
  • Thrings has appointed Douglas Smith as a partner.
  • Jacksons has recruited agricultural law specialist Nicola Neilson as a partner.
  • Mark Grant has joined Moore Blatch as a partner in its land development team.
  • Kent firm Judge & Priestley has appointed Nitika Singh as an equity partner.
  • Clifton Ingram has announced that Anne Deller has been elected as the firm’s new managing partner.
  • Brachers Solicitors has promoted Emma Anderson to partner in the firm’s commercial property team. It has also announced a number of promotions. Justine Sloover (private client) has been promoted to director. Harriet Humphrey (healthcare/clinical negligence) and Tim Turner (corporate & commercial) have been made up to senior associates, while Joanna Simpson (commercial property) and Sarah Hewitt (corporate & commercial) step up to become associates.
  • Ellisons has promoted Susan Ryan to partner.
  • Horwich Farrelly has introduced an associate partner position at the firm and has appointed six members of staff to the new position. In the Southampton office, Zoe Kirby (motor and casualty) has become an associate partner.
  • HRJ Foreman Laws solicitors has appointed Andrew Dongworth as a senior associate solicitor in the company and commercial department in Welwyn Garden City
  • Corbett & Co has announced that Jo Clarke has become a director at the firm.
  • Ellisons has announced a number of promotions. Joe Brightman (dispute resolution, Colchester), Michelle Lamm (private client, Frinton-on-Sea), Patrick Logan (residential property, Colchester), Antony Mao (commercial property, Colchester), Ceri Rogers (dispute Resolution, Colchester) and Edward Weaver (insurance litigation, Colchester) have been promoted to senior associate while Hayley Songhurst (insolvency, Colchester) and Sarah White (private client, Harwich) have been promoted to associate.
  • Debenhams Ottaway has promoted Michael Kerrigan and James Brawn to senior associate.
  • Glanvilles has made two senior appointments. Thomas Oliver has been appointed as a solicitor in the civil litigation and dispute resolution team.  Alexandra Brannigan has joined the wills, trust, LPA and probate team as a fellow legal executive.


BPE has promoted Jo Bewley to head of property services, advising clients on both commercial and residential property matters.

Coffin Mew has promoted Adrian McClinton to partner. McClinton joined the firm’s Brighton office two years ago as a property litigation specialist with extensive experience of real estate disputes and landlord and tenant law.

Moorcrofts has appointed two new partners. Julia Ferguson joined the firm in 2016 and became head of the commercial property team in January 2019.  Tim Astley joined the IT and IP team in December 2015 and acts for a range of clients from start-ups to SME IT/telecoms providers to multinationals, particularly in cloud services, telecommunications, IT service provision, software licensing, intellectual property and data protection matters, as well as undertaking general commercial drafting and negotiation.

asb law has welcomed a new associate and two new solicitors. Associate, Mourad Greiss joins the commercial team.  Solicitors, Duncan Crossey and Sophie Hillier join the property services team.

BPE has promoted Dianne Devlin, Peter Knibbs and Angharad Doyle to associate solicitors.

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP has promoted Jody Williams to associate.

SA Law has appointed Claire Saffer, a planning specialist, as a member of the real estate team.

Coffin Mew has promoted Hannah Rowlatt to associate. Rowlatt qualified as a solicitor in 2016 after completing a bespoke Court of Protection training contract with the firm in Portsmouth.

Joe Taylor has qualified into the commercial property team at Warner Goodman in Portsmouth.

Nockolds LLP has welcomed agricultural specialist Christopher Hill as a senior associate to its residential property team.

Two newly qualified solicitors have joined the team at Owen White Solicitors. Catherine Morris and Kelly Van Der Watt will be working with the franchising and corporate and commercial teams.

Paul Drench has been promoted to partner at Field Seymour Parkes.

Amanda Mehlin has been appointed managing partner of CWJ.

Blaser Mills Law has promoted senior associate Joe Da Silva to partner.

Barker Son & Isherwood has promoted of Zoë McManus to partner.

Stowe Family Law LLP has appointed Laura Webster as a solicitor in the St Albans office.

Whitehead Monckton has promoted Emma Palmer and Richard Hearne to associate directors.

Clifton Ingram has appointed Tatiana Haigh as a legal executive in its dispute resolution department.

Kit Mordaunt is set to join Cripps Pemberton Greenish.

Gadsby Wicks has welcomed specialist medical negligence solicitor Nimisha Bhayani.


Pearson Hards has announced that Emma Rothstein, partner and head of the family department, has achieved Resolution accreditation specialist status in complex financial remedies.

Helen Maddison-White has joined Thomson Snell & Passmore as an associate in the probate team.

Freddie Jackson, a property dispute specialist at Cripps LLP, has been made chairman of Women in Property’s South- East branch for 2019.

Warner Goodman has welcomed newly qualified solicitor Joe Taylor to its commercial property team in Portsmouth on the successful completion of his training contract.

Boyes Turner has appointed Stephanie Brown as an associate in the development and house building team.

TWM Solicitors has appointed partner Simon Brew as a partner in its dispute resolution team.

Brachers Solicitors has welcomed partner Alex Cosgrove to its corporate and commercial team.

Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth has recruited a new associate to its residential property team in Chichester. Diane Nicholls returns to the firm where she previously worked following its merger with Thomas Eggar.

Experienced conveyancing lawyer, Caroline Chandler, has re-joined the property team at Bonallack & Bishop Solicitors based in the Fordingbridge office.

Kayleigh Chapman has joined the planning & environmental law team at Blandy & Blandy as a solicitor, having completed her training contract at the firm.

Gardner Leader has appointed solicitor Shipla Khanum to its corporate and commercial team. Khanum qualified in 2016 after training at Meade King in Bristol.

Thomson Snell & Passmore has welcomed Monika Byrska as a contentious probate partner in the firm’s dispute resolution team.

Cooper Burnett has appointed Glen Webb as an associate solicitor in the residential property team.

Boyes Turner has recruited newly qualified solicitor Shehnaz Rahman to its development and house building team.


Taylor Rose TTKW has announced the appointment of two partners in the South East: John Appleton and Malina Gupta.

Rix and Kay has announced the appointment of family and divorce lawyer Janet Raeburn who joins as partner and will be based in the firm’s family team in Uckfield.

Slough firm Owen White has announced that Jane Masih will succeed Richard Keen as managing director of the firm on his retirement.

Irwin Mitchell has made a number of senior appointments. In Chichester Samuel Knight (real estate) and accountant Chrissy Leach (tax, trusts & estates) have been promoted to associate. In Gatwick Alison Bruce (restructuring and insolvency) and Laura Over (residential property) have been promoted to associate and Hannah Nix (real estate) has been promoted to senior associate.

Abigail Maino has joined the employment group at DMH Stallard in Guildford from asb law.

Eleanor Hobbs has joined Thomson Snell & Passmore as a paralegal specialising in employment law.

Barlow Robbins has announced the appointment of Charlotte Brackley as a senior associate in the residential property team.

Blandy & Blandy has promoted Gemma Kemp to associate solicitor in the family team.

Loureen Palmer has joined Whitehead Monckton as a senior solicitor in the employment team based in Maidstone.

Sara-Jayne Fildes, a senior solicitor with 20 years’ experience in all aspects of family law, has joined Verisona Law.

Birkett Long has announced the appointment of Victoria Gratton as a solicitor in the Court of Protection & inheritance disputes team.

Mehar Patel has joined Shoosmiths’ real estate team as a partner.

Duncan Lewis has announced that director of public law and immigration, Trevor Hatton, has been appointed as a fee-paid judge at the First-tier Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

Bromley firm Judge & Priestley has announced the appointment of Kelly Sharman as a partner and head of family law.

Furley Page has appointed Rayma Collins as a new partner to head its family law team.

Womble Bond Dickinson has appointed Stephen Anderson as a legal director in the firm’s commercial team in Southampton.

Gateley plc has made a number of recent appointments in its Reading office. They include legal directors Andrew Annette in the residential development team, Vanessa Gardiner in the family team and Mary-Ann Orr in commerce, technology and media.

Furley Page has appointed real estate lawyer Darren Philpot as a senior associate. Philpot specialises in residential property and rural and agricultural matters.

Katie Gibson-Green, a member of the agriculture & estates team at Birkett Long, has been promoted to associate.

Gardner Leader has welcomed newly qualified Amy Wilson Weymouth to its family team on the successful completion of her training contract with the firm.


Cripps LLP has announced the appointment of Dominic Filleul as a partner in its real estate team.

Cooper Burnett has promoted Gemma Gillespie, head of the firm’s family and matrimonial department, to partner.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards has made a number of partner promotions, including Madeleine Wakeley and Samantha Chaney in the Watford office.

Lester Aldridge has expanded its personal injury team with the appointment of clinical negligence and community care specialist Paula Barnes as a partner.

Trethowans has promoted Mihiri Gajraj to partner.

Ellisons has appointed Catherine Abbott as a new partner in its commercial property team in Colchester.

Downs Solicitors has appointed David Seals as its new head of employment.

Dispute resolution solicitor Emma Jenkins has joined Birkett Long based in Colchester.

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP has promoted Leon Pascal to associate in the commercial property department based in the Chelmsford office.

Chartered legal executive James Pantling-Skeet has joined the community care team at Lester Aldridge in Southampton.

Nicola O’Dwyer has been promoted to senior associate at Downs Solicitors.

Dutton Gregory has appointed Nicky Marsh as an associate solicitor in the residential property team based in the Southampton office.

Holmes & Hills has appointed Natasha Narad as a solicitor in the commercial property team.


Cripps LLP and Pemberton Greenish have confirmed the completion of their merger. Headquartered in Kent, the newly merged firm has offices in Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill, the City (Cannon Green) and Chelsea. Gavin Tyler and Clare Hyland remain at the helm as managing partner and senior partner respectively, with Kerry Glanville (senior partner at Pemberton Greenish) heading the firm’s Chelsea office.

Thomson Snell & Passmore has announced that Simon Mitchell has joined the firm as a partner.

Morrisons Solicitors has announced that it has acquired Oxted based firm Harrops & Hepburn Solicitors.

Judge & Priestley has acquired Beckenham firm PJH Solicitors (formerly Pritchard, Joyce & Hinds).

Ellisons Solicitors has opened a third office in Colchester in The Bath House building which is located on the former Le Cateau Barracks site. Leading the Bath House team will be Robert Jones, partner and head of insurance litigation.

Irwin Mitchell has appointed Dipal Patel as an associate in the family law team.

Gateley has appointed Mary-Ann Orr as a legal director in its Reading office.

Will King has qualified into the corporate team at Furley Page.

Novum Law has promoted Lynn Yeates and Peter Hilditch to directors and members of the senior management team. They are based in the Southampton office.

Wortley Byers has merged with Tees Law.

Birkett Long has appointed Perdeep Grewal as a solicitor in its Chelmsford office.

SA Law has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Richard Marshall to its real estate department.


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