David Leviten, Lee Marston and Andrew Palmer, Clough & Willis
A summary of February's key appointments, hires and promotions from across the North West.
Award-winning family lawyer builds for future
Award-winning family lawyer Merrick has appointed a new practice manager with a brief to help the company grow.
Heather Waight is now responsible for areas as diverse as legal compliance, IT systems, recruitment procedures and staff welfare.
Heather, who has 15 years of experience in office management roles, previously worked for international executive searchers, a debt recovery agency, solicitors and civil engineers.
Clough & Willis expands Commercial Property team
Bury and Bolton based law firm Clough & Willis has grown its Commercial Property team following the appointment of Andrew Palmer as a senior associate.
Andrew, who joins Clough & Willis from Bermans, will be working alongside David Leviten – partner and head of the department. His role will encompass the complete range of commercial property services the firm offers, including; sales and purchases of land and property, development work as well as landlord and tenant cases. He will also advise clients on specialist lending.
Forbes appoints Katy Parkinson to commercial employment team
Leading legal firm Forbes Solicitors has appointed Katy Parkinson as a Solicitor in its Commercial Employment team.
Katy, who is based at Oak House, Walton Summit, Lancashire, qualified in 2015, having worked in the legal sector as a paralegal and then as a trainee solicitor since 2009.
Dept names Dimi Albers as global CEO
As part of its continued growth, international agency Dept has announced that Dimi Albers will lead the role of global chief executive officer. This is a new and pivotal position overseeing Dept’s rapid expansion across the globe.
Over the past twelve years, Dimi has taken on various roles in the agency including founding its Amsterdam office in 2011 and undertaking daily management with Frank Schmid of Dept’s founding agency TamTam in 2015. Frank will be working alongside Dimi in the role of COO.
Private equity specialist joins TAS team as partner
Leading business advisory firm Grant Thornton has appointed a new partner to its busy North West Transaction Advisory Service (TAS), with the hire of Neil Robinson.
Neil joins from Mazars, where he has spent seven years, and was partner and founder of its northern Transaction Services team.
Browne Jacobson strengthens North West corporate practice with partner hire
Browne Jacobson has appointed Peter Allen as partner to its Manchester office, as it continues to grow its North West corporate practice.
With over 20 years’ experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer, Peter Allen has a strong reputation in the Manchester mid-market deal space and particularly for providing pragmatic and hands-on guidance to owners and managers of businesses to help them through complex transactions including fundraisings, acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures (domestically and internationally).
Trainee chefs to be put in charge at Lake District restaurant
Three budding young apprentice commis chefs are to take charge of the menu and cook food for diners at one of the Lake District’s newest restaurants.
Under the watchful eye of multi-award winning chef Steven Doherty, trainee chefs Matthew Lemm, 19, Ashley Brannigan, 25, and Jack Muir, 18, will be running the kitchen at Blue Smoke on the Bay on the shores of Windermere.
Newgate North makes two new appointments to the Manchester team
Newgate Communications has announced the appointment of two new members of staff following a series of client wins and growth of existing accounts.
Jessica Beckett has joined the Northern Quarter-based agency as senior consultant, bringing with her several years’ experience in public and media relations.
Formerly a journalist at the Manchester Evening News, Jessica spent seven years reporting on communities across Greater Manchester. She has worked in communications since 2015, advising clients in a wide range of industries including packaging, the food supply chain, environmental and outdoor sector.
Tom Jones has also joined the Manchester office as account executive. He brings experience from both PR and journalism, having previously worked for a multi award-winning PR firm and as a freelance journalist across multiple titles.
Craven Fawcett expands its team
Craven Fawcett, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of clay preparation machinery and part of Group Rhodes based in Wakefield, has expanded its team with the appointment of Joe Westwood as Applications Engineer.
Prior to joining Craven Fawcett, Joe, who has 15 years’ engineering experience, spent seven years in the Royal Engineers, latterly as Lance Corporal undertaking tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.
At Craven Fawcett, Joe’s senior role is to support the service and sales team both in-house and in the field, helping to provide technical solutions for its heavy ceramic projects.
Barrister at St John’s Buildings becomes QC
St John’s Buildings chambers’ barrister, Lorraine Cavanagh, has been approved for appointment as Queen’s Counsel (QC) in the latest round of Silk appointments announced by the Lord Chancellor.
Lorraine, who was called to the Bar in 2000, is an expert in complex children cases and also practices in the Court of Protection.
She regularly acts in medical treatment cases for children and adults. Further, she practices in health and welfare matters in the Court of Protection, and conducts judicial reviews and Human Rights claims with a focus on community care provision and child rights.
Manchester law firm appoints legal director
Altrincham-based litigation-specialist, FS Legal, has expanded its team with the appointment of Christine Newton as legal director.
Christine has joined from the UK home delivery and collections business, Arrow XL, where she spent three years in the role of general counsel. Prior to that, Christine held the position of legal director in the commercial litigation team at Hill Dickinson LLP, where she worked for eight years.
Northcoders makes seven new appointments across business
Manchester and Leeds based Northcoders – the coding bootcamp for the North – has added seven new members of staff to its teaching, talent and partnerships, marketing, mentoring and finance teams.
The new tutors are: Tom Simmons, Vel Georgieva and Alex Cox. All three are qualified coders and will be responsible for delivering Northcoders’ curriculum, mentoring students on a group and one to one basis, as well as researching and staying abreast of industry news, technology trends and changes in tech.
Aaron Ward has joined Northcoders as its new talent and partnerships manager. Aaron is an experienced IT recruitment specialist who has worked solely within the Net software development arena across the North West of England for the past seven years.
Maddison Griffiths is the firm’s new onboarding mentor and will be helping people to get onto Northcoders’ full time and pre-courses.
Helen Batra-Squires has been appointed as a designer and will be working closely with the marketing team on all aspects of Northcoders’ external and internal communications.
The final new starter is Charlotte Prior - finance manager. Charlotte will be working with the senior leadership team on the financial.
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