Movers & Shakers: South East



Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP has appointed chartered town planner, Matthew Lang, as a member of the planning consultancy team.


Thomson Snell & Passmore has appointed Alan Kitcher, partner – certified chartered accountant, as its new head of trust management.

Blaser Mills has welcomed partner Carlos Pierce as head of the real estate and infrastructure team and telecoms group.

Blaser Mills has officially opened its new office in Marlow. The new office, located at Liston Exchange, Cromwell Gardens, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1BG, is headed up by partner Jonathan Gallop, head of wills, trusts and probate. He is joined by partners Lucinda Holliday, head of the family & divorce team and James Simpson, head of data protection. Also joining the new office is Samantha Bellia, senior associate in residential property.

Blandy & Blandy has promoted Elizabeth Short to partner in its wills, probate, tax and trusts team.

Moore Barlow has announced the qualification of Victoria Walker as a mediator in the family team.

Kelly Mills has joined Coole Bevis as a partner to head the firm’s dispute resolution team.

In January 2022, the Morrisons Group, which includes Morrisons solicitors, Wheelers Solicitors and Harrops & Hepburn solicitors, rebranded to become Morr & Co LLP.

BLM has announced that Siri Siriwardene, head of commercial advisory and private wealth, has joined the Oxfordshire Cricket Board to lead on equality, diversity and inclusion strategy and compliance.

Blandy & Blandy has promoted Gemma Smith to senior associate in its commercial property team.  Associate Peter Hilton has joined the family law team and has four years’ experience.

Gardner Leader has appointed Angela Badcock as a senior associate based in the firm’s Maidenhead office.

Blaser Mills has announced that David Winnie, head of sports law, has been appointed to sit as a chair panel member for the General Board of Appeal of the Football Association’s Judicial Panel.

Holmes & Hills has announced the recruitment of experienced family law solicitor, Alexander Garrett. He joins from a firm in Chelmsford.

Blandy & Blandy has made three promotions in the firm’s senior management team. Patrick Philby and David Lamont have been promoted to director of finance and director of marketing and business development, respectively, while facilities manager, Maria Moppett has been promoted to head of IT and facilities.


Shoosmiths has recruited Ben Pariser as a partner into its Thames Valley office in Reading.  Also joining the team is Simon Dawes who arrives as legal director and is set to provide specialist residential development experience.

Barwells Solicitors has announced the promotion of Sophie Maloney (private client) and Jemma Smith (conveyancing) to the partnership.

Womble Bond Dickinson has appointed Anna Larbi as a legal director in the operational property team within the core real estate team, based in the Southampton office.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish has recruited managing associate Nick Gova to its family law team in Tunbridge Wells.

Thomson Snell & Passmore has announced that Amy Lane, a lawyer in the private client team, has received the older client care in practice award, and full accredited membership to Solicitors for the Elderly.

Sandeep Nighoskar has joined the corporate & commercial department at Herrington Carmichael as a legal director.

Birkett Long has appointed Hayley Goldstone as an associate solicitor in the commercial real estate team.

Clarkslegal LLP has appointed Melanie Pimenta as a senior associate in the employment team.

Lamb Brooks has welcomed Hannah Martin as an associate solicitor and head of department within the employment law team.

Setfords has welcomed a number of new joiners to the firm. They include: Melanie Townsend (commercial litigation/commercial and residential conveyancing/wills & probate); Darren Firth (commercial and residential property); Ros Baston (commercial and regulatory); Aman Kaur Dhillon (family); Binal Vaghjiani (residential conveyancing) and Reena Sharma (employment).

Guildford Chambers has welcomed Paul Dodgson as a mediator.


Jennifer Peebles has been promoted to partner at Barker Son & Isherwood with effect from 1 April 2022. In April 2021 she was made head of the family department. Peebles is a member of Resolution.

Dutton Gregory has welcomed Laurie Heizler (commercial and corporate) and Ailsa MacLean (commercial property) to its partnership.

Herrington Carmichael Solicitors has acquired Bonnetts Solicitors. Liz Hailey will join as an equity partner, whilst Steve Wareham and Graeme Black join as partners.

West Sussex firm Anderson Rowntree Solicitors has joined Glanvilles as of 1 April 2022, following the merger, Anderson Rowntree will trade under the name Glanvilles Anderson Rowntree.

Trethowans has appointed three new lawyers. In Southampton senior associate Kate Marsh joins the private client team. Chartered legal executive Juliette Moule has joined the personal injury team. In the Winchester office Zoe Minton has joined the family team, an area she has specialised in for ten years.

Gardner Leader has appointed Michael Beadsworth as a senior associate in its real estate team, working out of the firm’s Maidenhead office.

Setfords has welcomed a number of new joiners to the firm. They include: Christopher Sher Singh (criminal law and family law); Tessa Barrett (employment law); Deborah Golding (costs); Helen Scott-Parker (private client); Rizwan Ahmed (residential property); Steven Baylis (education law); Deborah Brown (residential property); Fiona Reid (private client); and Maria Richards (residential property).

Birkett Long has recruited solicitor Sarah Murphy into its residential real estate team. Her role at Birkett Long will be acting on behalf of clients in purchases and sales of leasehold and freehold residential properties, transfers of equity, re-mortgages, first registrations and legal charges.

Ellisons has bolstered its dispute resolution team in Essex following the appointment and relocation of associate solicitor, Emma Jenkins, who will be taking up permanent residence in the firm’s Chelmsford office. Jenkins is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

Sharon Grist and Graham Lovelock have joined Franklins solicitors’ residential property department. Grist is an experienced property lawyer and will head up one of the firm’s teams.

Libia Roldan-McRobb has joined Howell-Jones’ wills & probate team in Walton-on-Thames. Roldan-McRobb recently qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).

1 Crown Office Row in Brighton has welcomed Taryn Lee QC (call 1992, Silk 2012) and Kate Hughes QC (call 1992, Silk 2021) as associate members. Lee has over 25 years’ experience in the field of family law. Hughes specialises in all aspects of public and private law children work acting for children, family and local authorities.

Becket Chambers has announced that Nathanael Harding has accepted an offer of tenancy following the successful completion of his pupillage. He is developing a practice in all areas of family law and general civil law.


Stevens & Bolton has announced two partner promotions. Matthew Padian advises companies, insolvency practitioners, lenders and individuals in relation to loan facilities, corporate reorganisations, debt restructurings, distressed and non-distressed business acquisitions and disposals, as well as insolvency matters. Grace Parker-White is a family lawyer and advises on all matters that arise on relationship breakdown, including divorce and separation, and the associated financial and child related matters. She is an accredited hybrid mediator.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish has welcomed lawyer Nicholas Fisher to its banking and finance practice. Joining the firm as a partner, Fisher has over 30 years’ experience in advising on a wide range of banking and finance transactions as well as insolvency and restructuring projects.

Penningtons Manches Cooper has made three partner promotions in the Guildford office. Oliver Kidd joined the firm in 2019 to lead its IP, IT and commercial offering in Guildford. He is a commercial contracts specialist, advising businesses on the full range of technology agreements and other commercial contracts. Laura Naser is a family lawyer specialising in advising HNW/UHNW private individuals in financial and children’s disputes in both married and unmarried circumstances. Elizabeth Nicholas’ practice encompasses a broad range of private client work, with a particular focus on tax and estate planning. Meanwhile, Penningtons Manches Cooper has promoted Daniel Berry to partner in the Reading office and Charlotte D’Avola in the Basingstoke office. Cross-qualified as a lawyer and trade mark attorney, Berry advises on all aspects of intellectual property protection and enforcement in the UK and EU including trademarks, passing off, domain names, anti-counterfeiting, design rights, copyright and confidential information. Social housing specialist D’Avola has been a member of the firm’s social housing team since 2007.

Blake Morgan has appointed Jennifer Williamson as a partner within the firm’s family practice. With over 15 years’ experience, Williamson re-joins the firm’s Southampton office as a partner, having previously worked for Blake Morgan for more than three years, including as legal director.

Prettys Solicitors has announced the appointment of two new partners; Emma Loveday-Hill, a member of the employment services and data protection teams, and Dan Billson, a member of the corporate services team and head of the sports law team.

Boyes Turner has promoted Julie Marsh to partner in the firms clinical negligence team.

Coffin Mew has announced the promotion of Samuel Knight in the commercial property team and Vicky Day in wills trusts & probate to partner.

Moorcrofts has promoted three to associate in its Thames Valley office. Mohsin Shabbir is a member of the corporate team. Usha Guness works across commercial, intellectual property and technology law. Lindsey Abbott is a member of the employment team.

Boyes Turner has expanded its community care and special educational needs practices with the appointment of James Pantling-Skeet as an associate legal executive.

Boyes Turner has promoted Sita Soni (clinical negligence), Rachael Allison (education) and Peter Olszewski and Katie Harris (both employment) to senior associates.

Coffin Mew has announced the promotion of Elisabeth Smith and Natasha Freeman from the residential property team to senior associate.

Capsticks has promoted seven new principal associates. They include Tom Bradbury (housing management) in the Chorley office.

Dehns has announced a number of promotions effective from 1 April 2022. In the Brighton office, Nick Hardingham (engineering group) and Alexandra Nott (trade mark group) have become associates at the firm.

Rachel Ford joined Gatwick Airport’s executive team on 19 April 2022 to replace Robert Herga as general counsel and company secretary. Existing general counsel and company secretary Herga will retire later this year.

Arqiva Financing plc has confirmed the resignation of Jeremy Mavor as secretary of the company with effect from 6 April 2022. Meanwhile, Arqiva has announced the appointment of Katrina Dick as secretary of the company to succeed Mavor.

PensionBee Group plc has announced that Lara Oyesanya has been appointed to the board as a non-executive director, with effect from the earlier date of the company’s anticipated transfer to the premium segment of the main market of the London Stock Exchange or 21 April 2022. Oyesanya is the general counsel and company secretary at Zepz Group.