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Movers & Shakers: South West



  • Humphries Kirk has expanded its conveyancing team with the appointments of Kate Wadsworth, Natasha Macdonald, Sean Reeves and Louise Arnold.
  • Wollen Michelmore has welcomed dispute resolution solicitor Simon Bean as an associate solicitor.
  • Thrings has appointed two newly qualified solicitors in the South West: Alexia Aradipiotis and Carys Webb.
  • Coles Miller Solicitors has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Katie Owen.
  • Coodes Solicitors has announced that Mark Bailey has qualified as a solicitor and has joined the commercial property team.
  • Sally Manning at Battens Solicitors has been promoted to associate.
  • Burges Salmon has appointed Ian Carnochan and Richard Adams as partners.
  • Porter Dodson has appointed a new partner in its family team, Cathryn Smith.


  • Osborne Clarke has appointed Colin Stratton as a partner in the real estate team.
  • Clarke Willmott has appointed Bonita Walters as a partner in its commercial and private client litigation team based in Bristol.
  • Lodders has appointed employment lawyer Nick Rowe and private client specialist Jessica Beddows as joint heads of the Cheltenham office.
  • Will MacFarlane has joined Royds Withy King’s family team in Bath as a partner.
  • Bournemouth firm Dutton Gregory will merge with Turners Solicitors at the end of March 2018.
  • Foot Anstey has promoted Rebecca Kibby to a new role as CEO.
  • Kathryn Broughton and Zaia Ndokera have both qualified at BPE Solicitors into the corporate and family teams.
  • Royds Withy King has welcomed partner Will MacFarlane to its family law team.
  • Stone King has appointed solicitor Ruth Slader as a member of the family and mediation team.


  • Ashfords has appointed Bristol real estate specialist, Kate Topp to its property team
  • Barcan+Kirby has announced the promotion of Alex Castiglione, head of commercial property, to partner.
  • Sarah Jackson at BLB Solicitors, has completed training with the Family Mediators Association
  • Dunn & Baker has promoted associate solicitor Sarah Finn to partner
  • Marlborough Law Limited has been launched in Wiltshire. The new firm is formed by Alex Atkins, Karen Salmon and Mike Salmon.
  • Porter Dodson has recently appointed a new partner in its residential property.
  • Trowers & Hamlins has announced that it will be retaining six out of seven trainees who are qualifying this spring, including Sophie Emerson-McIntee in Exeter.
  • Amicus Law has welcomed Peter Watkin to the firm.
  • Dunn & Baker has appointed associate solicitor Kathy Trist as head of general civil litigation
  • Alison Whittingham has been made an associate solicitor
  • Frettens has appointed solicitor Ben Cobb as a member of the commercial property team.
  • David Morris and Shalini Jagmohan have both qualified as solicitors at Gregg Latchams
  • Clarke Willmott has made a number of promotions in the debt recovery team. Phil Roberts has been promoted from senior associate to partner and along with partner, Kat Quinton, will be responsible for jointly leading the team.
  • Steele Raymond has appointed a new head of family law at its head office in Bournemouth. Joining the firm as a partner is Daniel Sanders.
  • Mogers Drewett has promoted two associates to partner; David Hill, head of private client, and Thomas Chiffers, head of tax and trusts.
  • At Irwin Mitchell Hayley Trim has been promoted to senior associate whilst Court of Protection lawyer David Threadingham has become an associate.
  • Wolferstans has appointed Alex Jeffery as a solicitor in the disputes and litigation team.
  • Willans has appointed Katie Duthie as a solicitor in the litigation & dispute resolution team.
  • Wollen Michelmore has promoted Emma Mitcham, Steve Bell, Wendy Mansell and Tom Calder in the private client team; Amanda Harvey and Elizabeth Larner in the clinical negligence team; while Mark Iddles has been promoted to associate in the property department.


  • Stephens Scown has appointed solicitor Holly King to its real estate team.
  • Novum Law has appointed David Lockyer, an experienced commercial lawyer, as the firm’s risk and compliance manager.
  • Ashfords has appointed corporate partner Stuart Matthews.
  • Hine Downing has welcomed solicitor Karen Wright to its residential property team.
  • Womble Bond Dickinson has appointed Andrew Wilson as managing associate.
  • Trethowans has appointed Richard Dollimore as a partner in the private client team.
  • Foot Anstey has appointed Kathryn Evens and Charlotte Mortlock as senior associates in the employment practice.