Richard Cox and Shilpa Unarkat Sydney Mitchell LLP
A summary of November's key appointments, hires and promotions from across the Midlands.
Commercial property expert hitting the ground running
Midlands law firm Sydney Mitchell LLP is delighted to announce that it has expanded its commercial property team in the West Midlands with the appointment of Richard Cox as a consultant solicitor.
Richard specialises in all areas of commercial property. He joins the firm from Shakespeare Martineau in Stratford where he was a Partner for the last 17 years and was head of the Stratford Real Estate Team.
LCP appoints asset manager for shopping centre portfolio
LCP, the national commercial property and investment company, has appointed an asset manager to help grow its shopping centre portfolio.
Harriet Moloney joins the West Midlands-based company from LaSalle Investment Management, London, where she was retail asset manager and joint fund manager for a global pension fund client.
Birmingham law firm expands number of solicitors and Crown Court advocates on its team
A criminal law firm in Birmingham has announced that it has increased the number of solicitors and advocates at its city centre offices, taking the total to 14.
Purcell Parker, located on Corporation Street opposite Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, has announced that one of their defence solicitors, Charmaine Robinson, was recently granted her Higher Rights of Audience which enables her to appear in the Crown Court as a solicitor advocate.
Birmingham law firm appoints new partner
National law firm Weightmans has appointed Tracy Lake in a boost to the firm’s utilities and wider commercial offering. She joins Weightmans as Partner, and is based in the firm’s Birmingham office.
Tracy Lake joins the firm from National Grid plc where she spent ten years supporting numerous National Grid businesses, including its core gas and electricity businesses, advising on a wide range of commercial matters associated with National Grid’s key contracts and industry codes, as well as projects and regulatory issues. Tracy also supported National Grid’s “non-core” businesses - National Grid Metering, National Grid Interconnectors and National Grid Grain LNG.
Director returns to LSH after working in Dubai
National property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has announced the appointment of a director for its machinery and business asset division.
Patrick Ditcham has returned from Dubai, where he was a partner at Cavendish Maxwell, to lead the machinery and business asset division at LSH’s Birmingham office, in a team servicing the West Midlands and beyond.
Carter Jonas appoints minerals & waste team
Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, has enhanced its capabilities in minerals and waste management with the appointment of a new team from environmental and advisory solutions company, SLR Consulting. David Sandbrook and Huw Richards join as Partner with Michael Hayes and Alexa Phelps as Associate Partner and Surveyor respectively.
The four join the firm’s Birmingham office and a newly established satellite office in Cardiff. They will bring new expertise to Carter Jonas’ established minerals and waste management team, widening the scope of services and its geographical reach to provide professional advice to land and mineral owners, financial institutions, infrastructure clients and businesses across the country.
New appointment for Midlands-based AI specialist
UK artificial intelligence (AI) specialist, EBI.AI, has appointed Henry Jinman as business development manager, as part of its ambitious expansion plans.
Henry, a graduate of the University of Warwick, will focus on EBI.AI’s offering for the property sector, looking at how its AI chatbots can work with property managers to provide a better service to residential and commercial customers.
HORIBA MIRA appoints new chief commercial officer
HORIBA MIRA has appointed Miller Crockart as its new chief commercial officer.
Miller joins HORIBA MIRA as a member of the executive team and will oversee the continued development and execution of HORIBA MIRA’s global sales and marketing strategy.
Paragon appoints new head of credit management for asset finance business
Midland-based Paragon has appointed a new Head of Credit Management for its award-winning asset finance business.
Experienced senior credit professional Anup Sangha will oversee credit decisions at the leading specialist lender, which supports SME businesses and growth in the UK.
Automotive heavyweight joins the WMCA from leading manufacturer
The former head of technical excellence at Jaguar Land Rover, Jo Lopes, has joined the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
Jo has been appointed head of business engagement for the productivity and skills team, and will work to strengthen ties with employers to help improve skill levels and productivity in the region.
Phil Crowther to head up Midlands office for Willmott Dixon Interiors
Willmott Dixon Interiors continues to grow its team as it targets expansion in the West Midlands by appointing Phil Crowther as director for its new office at Two Snowhill in Birmingham city centre.
Phil will oversee and coordinate all activity in the region with a focus on building a strong customer base, a robust supply chain and expansion of the team.
Cheers as Beers moves her career to West Midlands consultant
Geo-environmental consultant Elizabeth Beers has been appointed by environmental consultancy Delta-Simons as associate at its Birmingham office – and will be one of a busy team managing a number of high profile projects all over the UK.
Elizabeth has a proven track record, having worked in consultancy in Birmingham for 11 years – delivering large scale projects across the West Midlands and across the country. At Delta-Simons, Lizzie will be responsible for management, financial and technical input to proposals and project management. She will also manage, coach and mentor staff in the delivery of projects.
New hires, project wins and education programme boost Edge Testing DevOps practice
One of the UK’s fastest growing and largest independent software testing companies, Edge Testing Solutions, part of Eurofins Digital Testing, has boosted its Midlands DevOps practice with new hires, project wins and education programme.
As part of the drive to support organisations looking to move to DevOps, Gal-on Broner has been appointed Principal Technical Consultant and will lead Edge Testing’s DevOps service. Previously CTO at Tesnet (UK) for over 14 years, Gal-on brings requirements analysis, test automation, agile methodology, scrum, and manual, regression and user acceptance testing expertise to his new role. He will report to Dan Martland, the head of Edge Testing’s technical practice.
Birmingham’s M3 builds on £1.5m travel boost with high-profile appointment
One of the leading personalities in the travel market has joined M3 as part of its ambitious plans to double accounts in this sector.
The Birmingham-based full service advertising agency, which also has offices in Oxford Circus in London and Wolverhampton, has appointed John Donnelly as non-executive director to build on more than £1.5m of recent contract wins.
Construction apprentice joins Rippon Homes
Mansfield based housebuilder Rippon Homes has recently appointed a new bricklaying apprentice to work on its sites around the East Midlands.
17 year old Thomas Place began his apprenticeship in September, working at Rippon Homes’ Cavendish Gardens development in Tibshelf and Manor Croft in Skegby four days a week, whilst attending West Notts College in Mansfield one day a week.
New regional director appointed at Pulse Cashflow
Pulse Cashflow Finance, the specialist provider of invoice finance to UK businesses has confirmed the appointment of Bobby Russell as regional director. Based in Wolverhampton, Bobby will be responsible for continuing to grow the firms’ portfolio of clients by delivering fast, transparent and fair financial solutions to businesses across the Midlands.
Shakespeare Martineau welcomes raft of new trainees to Birmingham office
Law firm, Shakespeare Martineau, has welcomed three trainees into its office in Birmingham, as part of its continuing push towards fostering new talent.
The trainees include Victoria Kirkpatrick in the dispute resolution team, Adam Watson in the construction litigation team and Gweni Rees-Evans in the corporate team.
Meanwhile, across the rest of the firm, Sam Naunton and Dominic Simon both join the Nottingham office, in the dispute resolution and professional negligence and corporate teams respectively. Sam will also be spending time in the Leicester office, alongside Oscar Ciaurro who is joining the real estate team.
Lastly, Georgia Keogh joins the London office’s real estate team.
New appointment at Bridge McFarland
A solicitor specialising in clinical negligence work is joining regional law firm, Bridge McFarland.
Nicola Evans has joined the firm’s Grimsby office as a Senior Solicitor. In her new role Nicola will focus on supporting the victims of medical negligence. Nicola’s specialism is in complex claims involving serious injuries and fatalities.
She has a wealth of experience in advising and supporting bereaved families and supporting parents of brain injured children as a result of birth trauma and has acted on a number of successful litigated claims.
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