Movers & Shakers: Yorkshire & Humber



  • Walker Morris has appointed Sarah Ward as a partner in the competition team
  • Devonshires’ real estate partner, Elad Yasdi, has relocated to the firm’s Leeds office
  • Clarion Solicitors has appointed chartered trade mark attorney Lindsey Wrenn as a partner in the intellectual property practice
  • Lupton Fawcett has announced a number of promotions to associate across Leeds, Sheffield & York: Sarah Webster, Sandie Robinson, Mike Lees, Matthew Rodwell, Sarah Illidge, Richard Buckley and Katie Dawson
  • Emma Lowe and Cat Tanham have joined Clarion Solicitors’ contentious insolvency litigation team within the business restructuring and insolvency practice
  • Raworths Solicitors has welcomed family lawyer Ellie Foster to the firm as legal director.
  • Williamsons solicitors has welcomed Rachael Scott as a solicitor in the wills and probate department
  • Squire Patton Boggs has announced a number of partner promotions including Leeds-based Jason Blakey (litigation), Abduss Patel (real estate), and Mae Salem (corporate).
  • Gateley Legal has appointed Andrew Peddie as head of its Reading office
  • Eaton Smith has appointed Jo Jones as a partner in the private client team
  • Clarion Solicitors has appointed Victoria Kay as legal director in the business restructuring and insolvency practice
  • Ridley & Hall has promoted childcare lawyer Laura Milburn to partner
  • Barnaby Rosenthall has joined Ward Hadaway’s built environment team
  • Clare Middleton, an associate solicitor in the clinical negligence department at Atherton Godfrey, has been accredited as a senior litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Sue Carter has joined Switalskis Solicitors as a non-executive director
  • Devonshires has recruited two new solicitors to its Leeds office: Zoe McLean-Wells (housing management and litigation) and Geri Batchelor (construction)
  • Lupton Fawcett has appointed Charlene Vilia as a senior solicitor in the private client team based in the Sheffield office
  • Jamie Whiteley has joined Gamlins Law as a solicitor advocate - employment team
  • Newport Land and Law has welcomed Andrew Challener (commercial property), Leah Gore (property law), and Emma Morris (death and disputes) as consultant solicitors
  • Gordons has appointed Peter Hampson as head of regulatory
  • Sarah Coates-Madden has joined Gordons’ property disputes team
  • Beth Bearder has joined Keebles as a senior associate in the firm’s employment law team
  • LCF Law has announced that residential property conveyancer, Liam Gray, has joined LCF Residential
  • Ridley & Hall has promoted Loreena Walker to associate, family law


  • Shoosmiths has appointed Anna Robson as a banking partner in the Leeds office
  • Capsticks has announced that Mary Mundy has joined the procurement team in Leeds, as a partner
  • DLA Piper has appointed Lizzie Drylie as a senior associate in the restructuring and insolvency team based in the Leeds office
  • Lupton Fawcett has appointed Lauren Waterman as a solicitor in the intellectual property & commercial department
  • Rollits has announced the appointment of newly-qualified solicitor Harriet Kingston – joining the dispute resolution team in Hull
  • McCormicks Solicitors has welcomed Tiffany Jackson as a newly qualified commercial property solicitor
  • Laura Schofield, a solicitor at Ware & Kay, has been awarded the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners diploma in trusts and estates and is now a full member of the society
  • Clarion Solicitors has welcomed four new associates: Catherine Laundy and Aby (commercial dispute resolution team), Anna Raha (real estate team), qualified costs lawyer, Daniel Murray (costs and litigation funding team) and Natalie Ingram and Paige Duller (property litigation team)
  • Wrigleys has welcomed experienced agricultural and rural property solicitor Will Foley to its Leeds office


  • Kennedys has hired industrial disease partners Darren Goldthorpe and Gary Brankin. They join the firm’s Leeds office from BC Legal and bring with them two senior associates and a litigation executive
  • Partner Paula Myers, national head of tax, trust, estates and disputes at Irwin Mitchell, has been appointed as chair of the Contentious Trusts and Estates SIG Steering Committee for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Levi Solicitors has promoted conveyancing executive, Afsha Ayub, to partner based in the Wakefield office
  • Switalskis Solicitors has acquired York-based Pryers Solicitors from Pure Legal Services
  • RadcliffesLeBrasseur has appointed Smita Nadkarni as a litigation executive based in Leeds
  • Harjinder Gill, senior associate, Liam Bedford, senior associate and Rachel Durant, litigation executive have joined Kennedys Leeds office
  • Ison Harrison has appointed senior solicitor Ben Palmer to its corporate law division in Leeds
  • Holden Smith Law has appointed Ben Moore as a new head of private client services covering Halifax and Leeds
  • Devonshires in Leeds has hired real estate specialist Amy Lees
  • Clarion Solicitors has welcomed three new recruits to its dedicated construction team within its real estate practice: Siobhan Dexter as an associate, Andrew Noble joins Clarion’s construction team and Charlotte Hudson joins the team as a paralegal
  • Clarion Solicitors has welcomed a number of new joiners to the firm: Santino Stifanelli (corporate), Rebecca Simpson (employment) and Leah Pattison (commercial)
  • CMS has announced the promotion of 52 new partners globally in 2021. In the Sheffield office Eleanor Merrett (intellectual property) and Tim Riordan (insurance & reinsurance group) have been promoted.
  • Stephen Hopwood, partner and head of family, has been appointed as managing partner at McCormicks, taking over from Peter McCormick who will remain as senior partner
  • Raworths Solicitors has announced three new partners; Sally Togher (employment), Alison Walker and Sam Jenner (both trusts, wills and estates)
  • Partner Lisa Molinari has re-joined the residential conveyancing team at Taylor & Emmet in the Banner Cross office
  • Sills & Betteridge has announced the acquisition of boutique legal practice Rawson Family Law of Sheffield, and the appointment of its principal solicitor and family law specialist Louise Rawson
  • Eversheds Sutherland has promoted 17 lawyers to legal director, in Leeds Peter Shervington (CDR) and Roddy Macdonald (planning) have been promoted
  • Wake Smith Solicitors has welcomed associate Colleen Dooney to the private client team
  • Lupton Fawcett has promoted Meghan Waldron to senior associate in the regulatory and corporate defence team
  • Stewarts Law has promoted senior associate Rebecca Hill (personal injury) to legal director
  • Walker Foster Solicitors has welcomed litigation solicitor Ellie Clements to the firm and Jonny Cockayne joins as a private client executive, specialising in wills and probate.
  • Tracie Middleton has joined the residential property team at Pearsons & Ward Solicitors
  • Shelley McLachlan, a care proceedings specialist at Wilkinson Woodward, has been promoted to director


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