Careers: people

Leeds firm Zermansky & Partners has continued expanding its commercial department with the hire of 26-year-old Clare Maddock, who qualified earlier this year at Towells in Wakefield. She will specialise in wills and probate. Her appointment closely follows two others within commercial and brings the group’s fee-earner count to 12, five of whom are partners.

Regional firm Blake Lapthorn Linnell has appointed Alistair Gray as the director of HR and administration. Gray, who is based at the Fareham office, will be responsible for HR policy and practice, facilities management and information services. He joins from Irwin Mitchell, where he was HR director for seven years.

Hampshire’s Eric Robinson Solicitors has hired lawyers Kerry Sander and John Fairhall to its commercial team in Southampton.

IBB has recruited Memery Crystal’s Ross Johnstone as a partner in the firm’s commercial property group. Johnstone focuses on investment transactions and management, secured lending and the development and letting of medical properties. He will head the property investment and management team.