Movers & Shakers: Yorkshire & Humber



Blacks Solicitors has promoted Saby Sambhi (corporate and commercial) and Charlotte Hart (residential property) to solicitor partners.

Hugh Thompson, head of the private client team at Lupton Fawcett, has qualified as a notary public.

Clarion Solicitors has announced the appointment of four new associates. Anna- Elise Harvey joins the employment team as a specialist in employment and business immigration. Zaigham Jaffri join the real estate team and has experience of property finance transactions representing banks and other institutional lenders. Jack Farrer works in the commercial team and has experience of advising private and public sector clients. Andrew Crisp works in the costs and litigation funding team.

McCormicks Solicitors has appointed Kate Develly as a criminal law executive. Develly previously worked in the police service for nine years.

Stone King has appointed Laura Giles as a senior associate in the corporate & commercial team based in the Leeds office.

Blacks Solicitors has made a number of senior promotions. In the property team there have been five promotions to senior associate solicitor; Jonathan Kay (commercial property), Jennifer Gillespie (commercial property), Marcus Kaye (commercial property), Emma Garfitt (residential property), and Perdip Bhachu (residential property). James Ricketts (risk and compliance) is now also a senior associate solicitor. Shamaila Khan (commercial property) has been promoted to senior associate licensed conveyancer, with Sarah Kellett (residential property) promoted to associate licensed conveyancer. Six team members are now associate solicitors; Ben Finley (commercial property), Chloe Grainger (CDR), Yat Wong (CDR), Andrew Morgan (CDR), Jenna Meehan (corporate and commercial), and Amer Ali (residential property). Blacks has also promoted Alex Hall (corporate & commercial) to associate legal executive.

Lupton Fawcett has promoted private client lawyer Charlene Vilia to associate. Based at the firm’s Sheffield office. 

Silk Family Law has promoted solicitor Nia Jameson to associate.


Ward Hadaway has appointed Emma Digby to the role of executive partner of the Leeds office.  The appointment was made following the decision by previous post-holder John Murray to relocate to the North East.  This team is now going to be led by partner Simon Thirtle, and Murray is going to dedicate his time to the housing management practice in the North East.

Schofield Sweeney has promoted Daniel Bisby to partner in the corporate team.

Real estate and commercial lawyer Javi Khanijau, based in Harrogate, has joined Excello Law.

Schofield Sweeney has made a number of senior promotions. Duncan Watson has been promoted to director in the private wealth team.  Abigail Falshaw has been promoted to associate in the commercial property team and Damian Kilroy has been promoted to associate in the litigation team.

Indemnity Legal has appointed Kirsty Luff as an associate partner in the policyholder disputes practice.

Graysons has announced that Megan Wroe has qualified as a solicitor into the family law team.

Schofield Sweeney has promoted Ann-Marie Keighley to associate.

KBW has announced that Christine Egerton and Katy Rafter have been appointed as Deputy District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts).

KBW has welcomed June Venters QC as a door tenant.


Ward Hadaway’s property litigation team has welcomed Helen Hill as a partner.

Walker Morris has appointed three new senior associates to its banking and finance litigation team. Ashley Neville, Isabel Clough and Georgina Davis

Jones Myers Solicitors has welcomed family law solicitor Becky Vine to the firm’s financial remedies team.

Hall Brown Family Law has appointed Louise Butcher as an associate solicitor.

Blacks Solicitors has appointed Paul Sagar as a senior associate in the commercial dispute resolution team.

Gordons has appointed commercial litigation solicitor and current Leeds Law Society president, Catherine Woodward, as its head of diversity and inclusion.

Andrew Jackson has welcomed Lucy Walther and Charlene Merry to the private client team. Based in the York office, Walther is experienced in cases relating to divorce, children, and family finances. Merry is based in the Hull office and advises clients on wills, care fee planning, inheritance, lasting powers of attorney, as well as probate and estate administration.

Eaton Smith has welcomed Lindsay Preston as a senior litigator in the personal injury team. Preston is a trustee at the Pennine Domestic Abuse Partnership.

Eaton Smith has announced the appointment of Ashley Mallett as head of  residential conveyancing.

KBW has welcomed Nicholas Rhodes QC as a door tenant


Gordons has announced six new partner promotions. Head of start-ups and emerging companies, Amy Pierechod, and head of digital and technology, Ryan Gracey, have both been appointed from within Gordons’ corporate and commercial specialism. Employment lawyer Bryony Goldspink and commercial property solicitor James Kimberley, who both joined the firm as trainees, have also been made up to partner. Recent joiners, head of banking, Ben Roden, and head of restructuring, Jonathan Jackson, complete the six.

Ison Harrison has promoted Erin Johnston (private client), Geraldine Levison (commercial property), Dhiran Mistry (commercial and residential property) and Nigel Monaghan (family law) to the role of partner.

Arc Pensions Law has announced the promotion of Robert Walker to partner. Walker advises employers and trustees on all aspects of pensions law, including in relation to compliance and governance, liability management and corporate activity. He sits on the committee for the North East Association of Pension Lawyers and is a member of the Pensions Management Institute.

Private client solicitor, Daniel Cooil, has joined Wrigleys’ Sheffield probate, trusts & estate planning team. Cooil qualified as a solicitor in 2019 and has specialised in matters for private clients during his training and since qualification, with an emphasis on capital tax and estate planning for individuals and families. Cooil is an affiliated member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Arc Pensions Law has welcomed Charlotte Clewes-Boyne to its Leeds office. Clewes-Boyne advises on a range of pensions-related matters and projects for both employees and trustees. She has particular expertise in corporate due diligence work, IDRPs and pension scams.

The Switalskis Group has welcomed Gaynor Appleyard as head of marketing and business development. The group-wide role will see her work alongside existing teams from the three Switalskis businesses - Switalskis Solicitors, Atherton Godfrey and Pryers Solicitors.

Withers & Rogers has promoted three patent attorneys to the firm’s partnership. In the Sheffield office, Gemma McGeough and Chris Froud have been made partner.

EIP has announced three promotions to its partnership. Tim Belcher is based in the Leeds office and is a UK and European patent attorney with 12 years’ experience. He joined EIP in 2014 and has experience in dealing with patents across the chemical field, with a particular focus on pharmaceutical and polymer/industrial chemistry. Belcher is currently on part-time secondment at a global pharmaceutical company working in their global patents team.

Exchange Chambers has welcomed Emily Hassell as a new member in Leeds following the successful completion of her criminal pupillage.

St Johns Buildings has welcomed Natalia Levine as a member of the family team in Sheffield. Levine is a specialist in children law (both public and private), adult social care and in the Court of Protection. She was called to the Bar in 2007.


Eversheds Sutherland (International) has made 31 partner promotions with effect from 1 May 2022. Promoted in the Leeds office is Charlotte Tanikal (core real estate).

Addleshaw Goddard has invited 20 lawyers to join its partnership, as of 1 May 2022. Promoted in Leeds are: Mark Broomfield (construction & engineering); Carly Gulliver (corporate); and Ally MacKenzie (construction & engineering).

CMS has announced the promotion of 60 new partners. Sheffield-based Martin Garner (real estate disputes) joins the partnership.

Mills & Reeve has appointed Alex Newman, a specialist intellectual property lawyer, as a partner.

Morrish Solicitors has announced that the clinical negligence team has moved to a new office in Bradford. The address is Malik House, 29 Manor Row, BD1 4PS.

Raworths has announced that Simon Morris has been appointed as managing partner with effect from 1 April 2022, succeeding Zoe Robinson who is stepping down after ten years in the role. A corporate lawyer specialising in advising privately- owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and high- net-worth individuals, Morris has been with the firm for over 20 years. Meanwhile Rachel Tunnicliffe, head of private client,

becomes senior partner. With over 30 years’ experience in wills, trusts, and succession issues, Tunnicliffe advises individuals, business owners, and families.

Capsticks has announced a number of promotions, including 11 salaried partners. In the Leeds office, Tracey Blundell (real estate) has been promoted.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) has promoted 17 lawyers to legal director, with effect from 1 May 2022. They include Leeds-based Oliver Beaulah (legal managed services), Sarah Turner (corporate) and Andy Wright (pensions).

Squire Patton Boggs has announced six senior hires spanning four offices to its data privacy, cybersecurity & digital assets practice. Christian Brundell join the firm as senior associates in Leeds.

Switalskis Solicitors has appointed Ryan Dhinsa as a solicitor in the commercial property department. He represents landlords and tenants in sectors including industrial, manufacturing, retail, office and leisure.

Switalskis Solicitors has promoted associate solicitors, Amy Clowrey and Natalie Cosgrove, to directors. Clowrey is a member of the firm’s child abuse claims team. Cosgrove specialises in medical negligence and inquests.

Ramsdens Solicitors has expanded its clinical negligence and personal injury practice in Leeds with three new appointments. Associate Nick Stojanovic has more than 20 years’ experience and has acted for claimants and defendants. He deals with all matters involving negligence cases against medical and healthcare providers and has experience of handling cases of serious and life-changing injuries and those involving fatalities. Ian Miles and Claire Exelby join as litigation executives. Miles has more than 20 years’ experience of handling injury work and specialises in employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability and road traffic accident injury claims.

Wake Smith has appointed Stacey Cox as a new director and head of employment and HR services.

Ware & Kay has announced the appointment of Kalpesh Nakeshree as head of the employment department based in the York office.

Wilkinson Woodward has welcomed Aneesah Ansar to the family team.

Capsticks has promoted seven new principal associates. In the Leeds office, Rob Maughan (claims), Lee Carroll and Sean Hick (both employment) have been promoted.

Switalskis Solicitors has appointed Julie Guest to a new role as head of people.


Irwin Mitchell has promoted Helen Revill to partner in the family team based in the Leeds office.

DAC Beachcroft has announced 17 promotions to partner with effect from 1 May 2022. Laura Clayburn (professional & commercial risk) and Tim Pickworth (commercial litigation) have been promoted in Leeds.

Mills & Reeve has promoted a number of principal associates to partner with effect from 1 June 2022, including four in Leeds. Ellie Milner specialises in advising clients in relation to wills, estate planning, asset protection and personal tax. Alex Kenworthy has 20 years’ experience advising private and public companies, large international groups, owner-managed mid-market businesses and high-net-worth individuals. Andrea Newman is a property lawyer with a strong background in complex development projects. Rebecca Pallot is an employment lawyer with extensive experience working for healthcare and charity clients.

Schofield Sweeney’s commercial property team has been joined by Simon Hellewell. He has over 25 years’ experience in acting for developers, property investors and retailers.

Rahman Ravelli has promoted Niall Hearty to partner. Hearty has experience of white-collar crime, and cases involving bribery and corruption, fraud, money laundering, proceeds of crime and serious and general crime.

Capsticks has welcomed a new partner to its health and justice team from DWF. Naomi McMaster will lead the team and has more than 15 years’ experience of representing Article 2 inquests and related civil claims, public inquiries and judicial review.

DAC Beachcroft has announced 18 promotions to legal director with effect from 1 May 2022. Suki Attwal (employment) and Naomi Park (professional & commercial risks) have been promoted in Leeds.

Irwin Mitchell has promoted Roopen Kalirai to associate solicitor in Leeds and

Maisie Huynh to senior associate in Sheffield, both in the family team.

Blacks Solicitors has welcomed back Pete Konieczko-Hansom as senior associate and head of intellectual property in the corporate and commercial teams. He also has significant intellectual property (IP) experience and will head up the firm’s IP offering. This includes advising on trademark registrations and licensing.

Nick Barnes has joined Ramsdens Solicitors’ York office as a senior associate in the children’s law team.

Schofield Sweeney’s commercial property team has been joined by solicitor Diana Ciurdar. She advises clients on disposals, acquisitions, landlord and tenant matters and real estate finance.

Wrigleys has welcomed Antonia Moore, an experienced private client solicitor, to its Leeds office. Moore, who has over 20 years’ experience in private practice in Yorkshire, advises on estate planning, trusts and associated tax matters.

Holly Marshall has been offered a permanent role with Wrigleys following her successful training contract. She joins the probate, trusts and estate planning team in Leeds. She has been with the firm for four years, first as a paralegal in Sheffield, and then since 2020 as a trainee solicitor.

Gallagher, an insurance brokerage, risk management, and human capital consultant company, has appointed Daniel O’Connell as a member of its mergers & acquisitions team in the North of England. At Gallagher, he will be responsible for developing relationships and delivering solutions to law firms, private equity houses and businesses involved in M&A in the North of England.

Her Honour Judge Anne Molyneux MBE retires as a Senior Circuit Judge with effect from 6 June 2022.

His Honour Judge Martyn Zeidman QC retired as a Senior Circuit Judge with effect from 28 May 2022. Zeidman was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1974 and took Silk in 1998. He was

Her Honour Judge Judith Moir retires as a Circuit Judge with effect from 2 June 2022.

Judge Judith Birbeck retires with effect from 1 June 2022. Birbeck was admitted as a solicitor in 1979.

District Judge Stephen Nichols retires from the District Bench with effect from 1 June 2022.

He was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2001 and a District Judge in 2014.

Sills & Betteridge has announced that Shan Jaehrig, Gainsborough branch manager, has retired from the firm. Employment lawyer Jaehrig joined the firm’s corporate & commercial department in 2006 becoming a partner a year later.

Birketts has announced that debt recovery manager Robert Howard is retiring after almost 50 years with the firm

30 Park Place has announced that two new tenants have joined chambers and the return of Ffion Tomos. Neil Rees joins the civil team following the completion of his probationary tenancy. Rees recently transferred to the Bar after practising as a solicitor for 12 years. Tomos has returned from her role as a prosecutor in the Cayman Islands.

Park Square Barristers has announced that Kate Bisset has been appointed as a legal advisor to Social Work England.

Nadim Bashir, of Park Square Barristers, has been appointed as assistant coroner at Kingston upon Hull Coroner’s court. This role is in addition to his being an assistant coroner for South Wales, a position he has held since 2018. He will sit part-time whilst continuing his criminal and regulatory practice which includes representing interested parties at inquests and advising on coronial matters.


Hill Dickinson has announced the promotion of six new partners in its Summer 2022 promotions round. Leeds-based Amy Millson (health employment) has been promoted.

Knights plc has appointed a new partner to its dispute resolution team. Dorrien Peters joins the Sheffield team with  20 years’ dispute resolution experience. Having begun his career as an aerospace engineer, Peters has taken this experience into two decades of working with manufacturers specialising in a range of industries including steel-making, metals processing and injection-moulding. He has supported clients through High Court litigation, adjudication, mediation, expert determination and domestic arbitration – as well as advising clients on matters in other countries including much of Europe, the US, Hong Kong and the Middle East. The Sheffield team has recently seen the return of two lawyers – senior associate James Badger has returned to the firm’s construction team, while dispute resolution solicitor Benjamin Brown has also returned to Knights.

Ward Hadaway has promoted Laura Gooddy (built environment) to partner in the Leeds office.

Stephen Dettman has joined Andrew Jackson Solicitors as a partner and head of residential property. 

LCF Law has promoted Roger Raper and James Austin to partners. Raper has worked in LCF Law’s disputes team, in Leeds, for nine years advising companies and individuals on all types of commercial disputes. Austin joined LCF Law in 2017 and is an experienced employment lawyer based in the Harrogate office. He has particular experience in the manufacturing, healthcare, education and charities sectors. Meanwhile, the firm has appointed private client specialist Haroon Qayum as a partner to lead the private law team in Harrogate. He advises on the drafting of wills and trusts, administration of estates, lasting powers of attorney, inheritance and estate tax planning.

Horwich Farrelly has opened an office in York. The office will be headed up by partner Jonathan Moore, a real estate specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in York’s legal services market.

Brabners has made three partner appointments in the new Leeds office. Corporate partner Chris Peace and real estate partners Edwina Hewson and Kieran Wilkinson have joined the firm.

Berwins solicitors has opened an office in York in the Guildhall development. The firm has also welcomed Liam O’Neill to its private client practice as head of life. O’Neill has 25 years’ legal experience.

Devonshires has appointed Sara Mondon as a solicitor in the housing management & property litigation team based in Leeds.

Stowe Family Law LLP has promoted Rachel Joyce to senior associate in the Hull office.

Clarion Solicitors has promoted eight senior associates to the position of legal director. They are: Florence Maxwell (commercial); Gina Rhodes (real estate); Jemma Green (intellectual property); Joanne Chase (cost & litigation funding); Kaira Clarehugh (corporate); Louise Dodds (contentious private client); Sarah Molloy (intellectual property); and Victoria Jackson (employment).

Haseltine Lake Kempner has announced the promotion of Sanjeet Plaha to partner. Plaha is an intellectual property solicitor, with specialisms in trade marks, designs and litigation. Plaha is based in HLK’s Leeds office.

Haseltine Lake Kempner has welcomed Rachel Hearson to its trade mark team.


Hill Dickinson has added a commercial real estate team to its Leeds office. Heading up the team is partner Richard Outhwaite. He is joined by several more new appointments, including partner Emma Roche, senior associates Katherine Lee and Dian Johnson, and paralegal Anna Moore.

Shoosmiths has welcomed a new partner to its Leeds office. Jonathan Mills joins the firm.

Lupton Fawcett has appointed Jeremy Scott to head its office in York.

Raworths solicitors has promoted Matthew Hill as head of commercial client services whilst continuing as head of dispute resolution. Jon Healey has been promoted to partner.

Julie Perkins has joined Sintons’ real estate department as a partner.

Wilkinson Woodward has welcomed solicitor Afreen Mhar to its property team.

McCormicks solicitors has welcomed solicitor Mark Fowler specialising in serious fraud, particularly tax fraud, and proceeds of crime work connected to such cases. Ismael Uddin also joined the firm’s crime team.

Morrish Solicitors has welcomed newly-qualified solicitor Jade Fairless to its clinical negligence team, and Omar Ghaffoor to its employment team on the successful completion of their training contracts.

Hall Brown Family Law has recruited Zoe Round as a consultant in its Sheffield office.

Holden Smith Law has appointed Jessica McKenzie as head of new build property. The firm has also welcomed conveyancing manager Julie Makin to its Leeds office.

Sarah Diak has joined Wilkin Chapman’s commercial property team in the Beverley office. Also joining the Beverley office is commercial property executive, Brian Gray.

Wilkinson Woodward has welcomed solicitor Afreen Mhar to its property team.

Richard Wright QC, head of chambers of Park Square Barristers in Leeds, has been appointed to the Sentencing Council for England and Wales for three years commencing 1 August 2022.

Harry Dyson has joined Kings Chambers on 1 August 2022.

KBW Chambers has announced that Jenny Coldham and Sarah Hopkinson have successfully applied for tenancy upon the completion of their pupillages in early September 2022.

St Johns Buildings has welcomed Jess Purchase to chambers.

Sarah Greenan has been appointed as a Circuit Judge and has been deployed to the North Eastern Circuit, based at Leeds Combined Court Centre.


Eversheds Sutherland has announce the hire of Joseph Hale, as a partner in its litigation and disputes practice.

Shoosmiths has appointed partner Tom Hall as head of office for Sheffield. A real estate specialist, Hall joined Shoosmiths in 2017.

Hempsons has announced a number of promotions at the firm, effective 1 July 2022. Rachel Croft has been promoted to partner.

On the 19 September 2022, Wrigleys’ Leeds office will be moving to: 3rd Floor, 3 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP

Shoosmiths Sheffield office has appointed Stacy Dawes as an associate in the real estate team. Meanwhile, Holly Gerard has been promoted to senior associate.

Walker Morris has recently appointed John-Joe Massey as associate in the intellectual property, trade marks & designs team.

Lupton Fawcett has appointed Damian Harrison as a new manager to lead its debt recovery team.

Harriet Thornton has been promoted to head of real estate at LCF Law.

Hempsons has announced a number of promotions at the firm, effective 1 July 2022. In the firm’s Harrogate office, Rachael Hawkin and Sam Stone have been promoted to associate.

Fenchurch Law has announced the expansion of its team with two new appointments to its Leeds office. Catrin Wyn Williams joins as an associate solicitor, with experience of representing insurers in a variety of areas including property damage and professional indemnity. Chloe Vine joins as a trainee solicitor from a nationwide insurance broker, where she was the group claims technical manager.

Paul Taylor has been appointed chief operating officer at Minster Law.

Ramsdens Solicitors has made a number of appointments and promotions within the family law team. Paul Farrell joins the team in Huddersfield and Lawrence Napier joins the team in York. Meanwhile, the firm has promoted Rebecca Sargent to senior associate. Also promoted is Rhianne Taylor, who becomes an associate.

Broadway House Chambers has announced that John Myers has officially announced his retirement.

Park Square Barristers has announced that Jonathan McDonnell will be joining as a member on 5 September 2022.

Anastasis Tasou will join Park Square Barristers on 1 September 2022.

CMS has appointed David Hardy as a partner in its planning practice in its Sheffield office.

Stone King has announced that partner Polly O’Malley has been made deputy head of the education sector with a particular focus on state schools.

Taylor Emmet has appointed Philip Jordan as a corporate partner in Sheffield. He joins from his corporate law role at the Progeny Group in Leeds.

McCormicks has promoted Brian Nuttney to senior associate.

Ware & Kay has announced the appointment of solicitor Jessica Vettese to its residential property team in York.

Raworths has announced a number of promotions. John Carter is promoted to senior associate in the commercial property team. New associates are Claire Hunter, family, children and divorce; Jessica Toller, trusts, wills and estates; and Jennifer Watson, in corporate. The firm has also welcomed a number of new solicitors, including Leslie Tuck, Heather Laws, David Brown in trusts, wills and estates and Kathryn Roche in commercial property.

16 newly qualified lawyers at DAC Beachcroft are staying on in permanent roles following the completion of the firm’s trainee development scheme. Qualifying in the Leeds office is Stephanie Tones (corporate commercial regulatory).

Blacks Solicitors has announced the qualification of its first apprentice to successfully complete the six-year long apprenticeship scheme. Beth Brindley joined the firm as a solicitor apprentice in 2016 and has spent the last six years securing experience across a variety of teams through Blacks’ Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship Scheme.

Jay Ruaux, having completed an MEng in Engineering at Cambridge, has a wealth of knowledge on materials science, electronic devices, artificial intelligence, and semiconductors.

Broadway House Chambers has welcomed Jon Flaherty and Lauren Smith as full tenants after successfully completing their pupillage with effect from 1 September 2022.

Exchange Chambers has welcomed Eddy Steele as a new member in Leeds.

Joseph Hudson, of Park Square Barristers, has been selected to join the Young Barristers Committee.

Park Square Barristers has welcomed Helen Featherstone back to the clerks room from maternity leave.


Ward Hadaway has appointed Dan Lyon as a partner in their built environment team.

Ramsdens Solicitors has appointed Katrina Allen as a partner in the residential property practice based in the York office.

Natalie Cosgrove has joined Ashtons Legal’s medical negligence team as a partner.

Hill Dickinson has announced the promotion of 16 associates to senior associate positions with effect from 1 November 2022. They include Leeds-based Helen Matthews (health group/commercial).

Womble Bond Dickinson has promoted Sarah Wales-Canning (dispute resolution) and Shelley Williams (real estate) to managing associates in the Leeds office.

Gateley has expanded its Leeds property team with four new appointments spanning the construction and real estate sectors. Hayley Hayes joins as a legal director in the construction team. Newly qualified solicitor Emma Kenny also joins the construction team. Meanwhile, Amelia Purdy has joined the real estate team as an associate.

Simpson Millar has announced that Hayley Buchan and Fern Crabtree have qualified with the firm into the Court of Protection team and that Jamil Mohammed has qualified into the legal processing unit. The firm has also announced that Aisha Ashraf will complete her training with the firm in December 2022 and join the catastrophic injury team. Meanwhile, Simpson Millar has welcomed four new trainees on to the solicitor qualification programme. Rebecca Wood joins the transformation team, Jessica Wake and Georgia Wake will focus on public law, and Adam Liddle joins the family team.

Brandon Pizarro has joined Clarion Solicitors’ construction team, within the firm’s real estate practice. Also joining the team are paralegal Alice Webster and junior paralegal Lauren Gannon.

McCormicks Solicitors has promoted Sonia Jones, who joined the firm in 2007, to practice manager. Meanwhile, Hayley Firth has been appointed as accounts manager.

Ramsdens Solicitors has appointed Elizabeth Kirk and Jennifer Crocker as solicitors in the residential property practice based in the York office.

Hägen Wolf has welcomed Michelle Eyre as an associate. The firm has also been joined by chartered legal executive Craig Chappell.