Movers & Shakers: Yorkshire & Humber



  • Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth has recruited James Laycock to its wills, trusts and estates disputes team.
  • Walker Morris has appointed Rob Aberdein as a partner in the banking litigation group.
  • DWF has made a number of director promotions including Amanda Stipetic (insurance) and Lionel Marcus (connected services division). Also, specialist litigation lawyer Duraid Al-Musaid has been promoted to manager.
  • Weightmans has appointed Louise Walker as a consultant and head of the newly launched family team.
  • Gordons has appointed a new solicitor, Richard Jobes, to its property litigation practice.
  • McCormicks has appointed Will Bates to its commercial litigation team.
  • Schofield Sweeney has announced that Helen Hirst will lead the firm’s education and charities team.
  • Donna Barnett has qualified into the corporate team at Rollits.
  • Ware & Kay has appointed Hilary Barlow as an associate in the corporate & commercial department.


  • Walker Morris has announced the appointment of Stuart Ponting as a partner in its regulatory & compliance team.
  • Michael Kidd has been appointed as a director of Lupton Fawcett to head up its banking department.
  • Bevan Brittan has made a number of promotions including Charles Stent (property) who has been made an associate.
  • Cartwright King has made a number of senior promotions, including Hazel Montgomery, associate (mental health).
  • Amy Chadwick has qualified at Forbes Solicitors.
  • Chadwick Lawrence has announced the promotion of three new associates: Sue Preece,
  • Joshua Smith and Natalie Glover.
  • Andrew Jackson has welcomed solicitor Samuel Peake to the property practice.
  • Solicitors James Pascoe and Rebecca Cronshaw have joined Ison Harrison’s residential property department.
  • Gateley plc has appointed two partners, Paul Ball and Gearalt Fahy, to launch a new employment offering.
  • Partners Matthew Fidler and Gary Ashton have joined Schofield Sweeney’s dispute resolution team.
  • Ison Harrison has promoted conveyancing specialist Lee Daniels to partner.
  • Morrish Solicitors has promoted John Morrison to partner.
  • Associate Sarah Buxton has joined the family law team in Irwin Mitchell.
  • Jones Myers Solicitors has appointed Sasha Williams
  • Ironmonger Curtis has appointed Judith McCoy as the firm’s new practice manager.
  • Milners has appointed John Robson as residential property manager.
  • Clarion Solicitors has appointed Kanika Sohpal and Alice Leslie as lawyers in the private client practice.
  • Wilkinson Woodward has welcomed solicitor Emily Fish to the family team.
  • Rollits has appointed employment solicitor Caroline Neadley.
  • Tony Rippon has successfully completed his training contract at Morrish Solicitors and joins the employment team as a newly-qualified solicitor.
  • Harrowells has appointed Philip Nelson as a partner in the private client department.
  • Pinsent Masons has appointed Jacqui Timmins. She will lead the pension’s team.
  • Hill Dickinson has welcomed legal director Esther Venning to its health practice.
  • Taylor & Emmet has appointed chartered legal executive Rachel Barlow as a family law specialist.
  • Employment lawyer Matthew Yates has joined Excello Law.
  • Freeths has expanded its planning and environment group with the appointment of senior associate Michelle Spark.
  • Newly qualified solicitor Alice Chaplin and paralegal Kathryn Leake have joined Kempner & Partners.
  • Awb Charlesworth has welcomed solicitor Kate Thornton to its private client team.


  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed Andrew Wallis as head of real estate.
  • Raworths has recruited Peter Greswold as a partner in its private client trusts wills estate team.
  • Symes Bains Broomer has appointed Anna O’Mara as a solicitor in the private client department.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick has joined Taylor & Emmet as a solicitor in its business legal services division.
  • Ridley & Hall has appointed Emma Pearmaine to its board of directors.
  • Annette Thomson has joined Clarion Solicitors an associate solicitor in its corporate recovery and insolvency team.
  • Solicitor Ryan Carter has joined Raworths’ private client trusts wills estate team.


  • Irwin Mitchell has announced the appointment of Andrew Merrick as its regional managing partner..
  • Needle Mackenzie Spencer has appointed Matt Milnes as an associate
  • Setfords Solicitors has welcomed consultant Simon Ward who specialises in commercial and employment law.


  • Clarion Solicitors has promoted Marie Pugh and Lynsey Harrison from legal director to the position of partner.
  • Devonshires has appointed Gary Grigor as a banking partner.
  • Milners has appointed Oliver Cashman to its commercial litigation department.
  • Bond Dickinson has announced a number of associate promotions, including Fiona Hinchey.
  • Debra Jackson has qualified into the family team at Langleys Solicitors.
  • Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors has appointed Esther Masisi as an assistant solicitor in the commercial property team.
  • Libby Clarkson has been promoted to senior solicitor at Rollits.
  • Addleshaw Goddard has recruited partner Pete Wood to its corporate team.
  • Shoosmiths has appointed Matthew Howarth as a partner and head of the commercial litigation practice.
  • Gateley plc has promoted a number of new partners, including Pauline Munro (regulatory).
  • Carol Jessop has joined Harrogate Family Law as a partner.
  • awb Charlesworth has welcomed Melanie Darr to the firm’s commercial property team as a solicitor.
  • Blacks Solicitors has appointed Lauren Winfield, an England cricketer, as a sport consultant in the sports law team.


  • Walker Morris has promoted four new partners: Will Cousins (real estate); Nick Lees (litigation & dispute resolution); Martin McKeague (real estate litigation); and Alison Ogley (planning & environment).
  • Wake Smith has appointed Anne Emmerson as a residential conveyancing director.
  • Clarion Solicitors has appointed Philip Dine as legal director. He specialises in real estate finance.
  • Lyndsey Taylor has qualified into the medical negligence department at Heptonstalls.
  • Chadwick Lawrence has welcomed solicitors Martin Vesely and Susan Vesely to the firm as consultants.
  • DAC Beachcroft has made a number of partner promotions. They are Clare Hartley (real estate), Joanne Neale (clinical risk), James Tallant (claims solutions/casualty) and Eleanor Tunnicliffe (public law).
  • Shoosmiths has appointed three commercial lawyers to launch a new commercial team. The firm has appointed Alex Kirkhope, JP Buckley and James Wood-Robertson as commercial partners.
  • DLA Piper has made a number of partner promotions. Mark Keeling (real estate), Amanda Pilkington (IPT) and David Beech (corporate) have been promoted.
  • Bevan Brittan has appointed John Cox as a partner in the housing department.
  • Freeths has announced the promotion of Philip Myers to partner.
  • Emsleys has appointed Helen Gott as a director of the firm.
  • Mills & Reeve has made three appointments to its family team. Ellie Foster returns to the firm as a principal associate. Joining the team as a senior associate is Claudia Gilham. Also returning to the family team is legal secretary Linda Nawoj.
  • Stewarts Law has appointed senior associate Edward Heaton to its divorce and family law team.
  • Andrew Jackson has announced the promotion of Claire Ward to associate within the family law team.
  • Wilkinson Woodward has appointed solicitor James Bell to its commercial team.


  • Shoosmiths has appointed Peter Morris to head up the family team.
  • Taylor & Emmet has appointed partner Richard Barlow to its private client department.
  • Leo Jones-Rowe has joined Schofield Sweeney as a partner in the commercial litigation team.
  • Bury & Walkers has appointed senior solicitor Angela Macready in its commercial team.
  • Berwins Solicitors has appointed solicitor Wendy Donnan and legal executive Lynette Mann to the firm.


  • Langleys Solicitors has appointed Andrew Gowar as a partner in its private law division.
  • Gordons has announced three new partner promotions. Sarah Ratcliffe, Greg Dixon and Richard Cressall have been promoted from within the firm’s commercial property, private client and property litigation teams respectively.
  • Ison Harrison has appointed Sarah Laughey to lead its family law team.
  • hlw Keeble Hawson has appointed Michael Hall as an associate. Hall specialises in all aspects of corporate transactions, mergers and acquisition, corporate restructuring, partnerships and LLPs.
  • Shulmans LLP has promoted Lucy Clark to associate.
  • Lupton Fawcett has appointed Arif Khalfe as a director based within the dispute management department.
  • Freeths has expanded its construction team with the appointment of senior lawyer Claire White.
  • Banner Jones has appointed consultant solicitor Steve Williams to the firm. Jones is a commercial and residential property lawyer.
  • Langleys Solicitors has appointed Judy Lankester as an associate solicitor in its private law division.
  • LCF Law has appointed Carley Jackson and Matthew Jones as solicitors in its commercial property division on the successful completion of their training contracts.
  • Commercial property lawyer Geraldine Levison has relocated to Ison Harrison.
  • Karen Brookes has joined Clarion Solicitors IP team as an associate solicitor.
  • DAC Beachcroft has appointed Kirsty Gomersal as a partner in its national safety, health & environment team.
  • hlw Keeble Hawson has appointed Matt Ainsworth as a corporate partner.
  • Shulmans has welcomed two new lawyers to its real estate team; Kate Johnson and Emma Thomas.
  • Newly qualified Maria Shone has joined the agriculture team at Langleys Solicitors.


  • Walker Morris has appointed contracts lawyer Richard Butterworth to its energy, infrastructure and government practice as a senior associate.
  • Lupton Fawcett has announced the appointment of Hugh Thompson as a director in its private client department.
  • Kathryn Hargreaves, a commercial property solicitor, has joined Newtons Solicitors.
  • Punch Robson Solicitors has appointed Noel Barrett as a member of the wills & probate department.
  • LCF Barber Titleys has recruited Katie Hindmarsh to its personal law team.
  • Weightmans has appointed partner Helen Brown to the local government team.
  • Azher Quyoom, who specialises in restructuring, turnaround and insolvency, has joined Andrew Jackson as a partner.
  • Bevan Brittan has appointed James Atkins as a partner in its healthcare property.
  • Ware & Kay has appointed Elizabeth Dunn as a chartered legal executive in the wills and probate team.
  • Emily Grimshaw has joined Clarion Solicitors’ dispute resolution and litigation practice as an associate solicitor.
  • DLA Piper has appointed Allison Page as office managing partner.
  • Taylor & Emmet has promoted Tom Draper to partner and head of the employment law department.
  • LCF Law has appointed solicitor Megan Paul to its personal law team.
  • Ison Harrison has announced the appointment of Steve Gannon as branch manager.
  • Emily Fish has joined the family team at Ramsdens Solicitors.
  • Guest Walker & Co has appointed Sean Gallagher as a solicitor in the commercial property team.
  • Minton Morrill has announced that Michelle Flaga has joined the criminal team.


  • Leigh Martin has joined DLA Piper as a partner in the intellectual property group.
  • Wake Smith has appointed director Suzanne Porter to its private client team.
  • Clarion Solicitors has announced that partner Esther Kirwan has been appointed as head of the firm’s intellectual property practice.
  • Graysons Solicitors has announced that Lucy Flynn has been promoted to partner.
  • Langleys Solicitors has appointed Andrew Gillen to its insurance law division.
  • Simon Hellewell has joined the property team at Ward Hadaway.
  • Mills & Reeve has recruited intellectual property partner Mark Pearce.
  • Andrew Breckenridge, a banking litigation specialist, has joined Gordons as a partner in the commercial litigation team.
  • Freeths has made two senior appointments: Dean Hill joins as a senior associate in the litigation team, whilst Danielle Sinclair joins as a real estate solicitor.
  • Lupton Fawcett has appointed Julian Moran as head of corporate tax.
  • Langleys Solicitors has expanded its medical team with the appointment of an in-house nurse and paralegal.


  • Shoosmiths has appointed dispute resolution and asset finance expert David Farnell.
  • Switalskis Solicitors has welcomed solicitor and Court of Protection deputy Alex Guy, who has joined the firm as a director.
  • Schofield Sweeney has made a number of senior appointments. Paul Cantwell has joined the dispute resolution team as a solicitor. Jennifer Clarke joins the education and projects team as an associate. Zoe Oates has joined the restructuring and insolvency team as an associate. Meanwhile, Kate Fox has joined the corporate team as a legal executive.
  • Williams & Co Solicitors has made three senior appointments. Jonathan Perry has joined as an associate solicitor in the commercial property team. Danielle Burrow, a newly qualified solicitor, joins the dispute resolution team. Meanwhile, Cassie Land, an associate legal executive joins the residential team.
  • Clarion Solicitors has appointed Stephanie Douthwaite as an associate solicitor in the firm’s private client services practice.
  • Langleys Solicitors has appointed Rachael Bacon, a newly qualified solicitor, to its commercial property team.
  • Ramsdens Solicitors has appointed Katarzyna Zatorski as a member of the family team.
  • Emsleys Solicitors has appointed solicitor Joanne Gibson to the firm. Legal assistant Danielle Pyper and chartered legal executive Laura Mackfall have also joined the family law team.
  • Bury & Walkers has appointed Scarlett Cooke to its commercial department.
  • Hethertons has announced the appointment of paralegal Rachel Raper to its family law practice.


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