Movers & Shakers: South East

2022

January

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

February

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.

March

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.

April

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.

May

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.

June

Blake Morgan has promoted Elizabeth Covil to partner in the Southampton office where she is a commercial property lawyer. She specialises in the purchase, sale, development and disposal of commercial property.

Birkett Long has appointed Philip Hoddell as chairman with effect from 1 June 2022. Hoddell takes over from Kurt Goddard, who has held the position since 2019 and is stepping down from the partnership, but remaining with the firm as a consultant. The managing partner will continue to be Martin Hopkins for another three-year term.

EMW Law LLP has appointed Daisy Waldren and Adrian McClinton as real estate principals in the firm’s Gatwick office.

Cripps has announced that James Beatton, head of corporate, will succeed Gavin Tyler as managing partner of the firm in May 2023. Tyler will retire from Cripps on 30 April 2023 after 39 years. He became head of the corporate division in 2005, and became managing partner in 2013. Beatton has more than 25 years’ experience working with businesses in London and the South East on a full range of corporate and advisory matters.

Thomson Snell & Passmore has welcomed Suzanne Bowman to its residential conveyancing team. Bowman has specific expertise in listed and heritage buildings, alongside experience of land and property sales and acquisitions, rural property, estate issues, rights of way, land options and developments.

Thomson Snell & Passmore has appointed Simon Mitchell as the firm’s new head of wills, estate and tax planning.

Irwin Mitchell has appointed Vicky Lambert as an in-house counsellor in the family law team. Lambert is a highly experienced British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited counsellor who has, for the last 14 years, supported private clients and individuals within various organisations.

The private client team at Irwin Mitchell has recently welcomed senior associate Samantha Ewing, associate Beth Garrod, and solicitor Georgina Hoult to the firm’s Chichester and Gatwick offices.

Blake Morgan has appointed Louise di Mambro OBE as a consultant in its Privy Council team on her retirement as Registrar of the Privy Council and UK Supreme Court.

Excello Law has welcomed Karen Cruickshank to the firm as a consultant lawyer. Cruickshank is an experienced commercial property solicitor with a range of real estate experience, including commercial sales and purchases, landlord and tenant, restrictive covenants, easements and general conveyancing. She acts for SMEs, individuals, residential developers, lenders and receivers.

IBB Law has welcomed Terri Warren as a senior associate in its Reading office. Warren has more than ten years’ experience in the real estate sector, specialising in the residential development and social housing sector, acting for developers and landowners.

Thomson Snell & Passmore has appointed chartered tax advisor, Kyle Barford. He joins the firm’s trust & management division from CaseWare UK, a supplier of audit financial reporting and tax software to accountants and auditors. Prior to that, he was a client tax manager in the private client tax team for accountancy firm, Creaseys.

Birkett Long has welcomed associate solicitor Carla Jones to its dispute resolution team. She has particular expertise in breach of directors’ duties, civil fraud and professional negligence. Meanwhile, Jacqui McGuirk has joined the DR team as a solicitor, qualifying in 2018.

Birkett Long is delighted to announce the promotion of Jennie Skingsley and Thomas Emmett to senior associate and Farrah Harvey-Nawaz, Zoe Meredith and David Feakins to associate with effect from 1 June 2022.

Birkett Long has appointed David Bennett as IT director. He has 35 years’ experience defining and implementing IT strategies for firms in the UK, Europe and Africa, supporting operational and development activities across IT, human resources, finance, marketing and business support.

Becket Chambers has welcomed Sita Cox as a new member of chambers. Cox is a family law specialist, representing parents and children within public law proceedings and family financial disputes.

Family law specialist, Amy Connell, has joined Stour Chambers with effect from 13 June 2022.

HHJ Lana Wood has been appointed as the Resident Judge at St Albans Crown Court with effect from 24 July 2022.

HHJ Julian Smith has been appointed as the Resident Judge at Maidstone Crown Court with effect from 26 May 2022.

RWS Holdings plc, a provider of technology-enabled language, content and intellectual property services, has announced the appointment of Jane Hyde as general counsel and company secretary, effective 1 October 2022. She will join the group executive team and will attend the group’s board and committee meetings. Hyde is currently general counsel and company secretary of De La Rue plc.

Infinium Logistics, a global logistics solutions business, has appointed Chris Fletcher as general counsel. He has extensive experience in rapid growth environments, building and scaling and legal compliance functions in the technology, real estate and asset management sectors.

Unicorn AIM VCT plc has appointed Josephine Tubbs as a non-executive director. Tubbs qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and worked in private practice for several years before becoming an in-house lawyer in 1997.

Rod Hutchison, a director in the corporate finance team at MacRoberts, has been appointed to Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group’s board of directors.

July

Irwin Mitchell has announced that Sam Knight has re-joined the firm as a partner in the property division based in the firm’s Chichester office. 

Victoria Dingle has joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys as a new partner in the firm’s banking and finance team. 

Attwaters Jameson Hill has announced that Sheri-Anne Mizon, head of residential property team (Loughton), has been appointed managing partner from 1 May 2022. 

Attwaters Jameson Hill recently promoted Stephanie Holmes to partner. Holmes joined the firm in 2000 and has worked within the family law department, in a fee-earning capacity, since 2004. She was made associate in 2018.

Kent firm Furley Page has appointed Sarah Webster as a partner in the firm’s commercial property team. 

Archers Law and Bawtrees LLP in Essex have merged, and Maria Calvy has become a partner.

Kreston Reeves has promoted Gemma Spencer to partner and joint head of legal services. Spencer advises families and individuals on wills, inheritance tax planning, trusts, probate and powers of attorney. She joined the firm in 2017.

Thomson Snell & Passmore has appointed partner Penelope Edgar as its new head of agriculture and rural property. 

Cripps has announced that partner Olivier Morel has been re-elected to the board of the French Chamber of Great Britain. Morel is an international partner, qualified in both England and France. With over three decades of experience, he provides strategic legal support and solutions to international groups investing in the UK.

Blake Morgan has promoted legal director, Michael Colledge to partner in the firm’s commercial litigation team in Southampton. .

DMH Stallard has appointed Jo Rovery as a partner in the real estate team based in the Gatwick office.

Bennett Griffin has welcomed Anthony Edwards as senior partner. Edwards has spent years working in the legal and financial services sectors. 

Stowe Family Law LLP has promoted Estella Newbold-Brown to partner in the Richmond office.

Coole Bevis has appointed Julia Dyson as a partner in the family department. 

Attwaters Jameson Hill has promoted Prabhi Ghura (dispute resolution), Helen Wenham (residential property) and Elizabeth Edmonds (commercial property) to associate solicitors.

Kreston Reeves has appointed solicitor Chantelle Mitchell to the firm from Anderson Rowntree and will focus on advising families and individuals on wills, inheritance tax planning, trusts, probate and powers of attorney.

HRJ Foreman Laws has welcomed Nicky Cleightonhills to the commercial property legal team as a senior associate solicitor, based in the Welwyn Garden City office.

Judge & Priestley has promoted Elaine Bathers, Christopher Mills and Hannah Kirkpatrick to associate solicitors. Bathers joined the firm in 2019 and is a member of the housing management team. Mills and Kirkpatrick both work in the private client team, joining the firm in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

Sills & Betteridge has welcomed Vickie Ingamells to its wills, trusts & probate team. 

Blandy & Blandy has announced the promotion of Stephen Bucknill to consultant solicitor with effect from 1 July 2022.

Blandy & Blandy has welcomed Jonathan Dinsdale as a senior associate solicitor in its dispute resolution team.

Blandy & Blandy has announced three senior appointments. Louise Nelson, who has over 25 years’ experience, becomes a senior associate solicitor in the firm’s wills, probate, tax & trusts team.  Frances Kyle also becomes a senior associate solicitor. Kyle specialises in advising on disputes relating to trusts, probate and inheritance matters. Rebecca Ledgerwood becomes an associate solicitor in the family law team.

Stowe Family Law LLP has promoted Melanie Quinn to senior associate in the Berkhamsted office.

Corbett & Co has announced that Andrew Tweeddale is stepping down as a director, but will remain as a consultant.

Downs Solicitors has announced six senior promotions. Victoria Evans (private client), Charmaine Dudman (corporate) and Melissa Richie (private client) have been made senior associates, whilst Megan Lawless (private client), Floris Shoebridge (family) and Lucy Whittam (private client) have been promoted to associate.

Venner Shipley has promoted Christopher Dunleavy to senior associate with effect from 1 July 2022. Dunleavy is a UK and European attorney in the electronics and engineering team, based in Cambridge.