has appointed Ann Critchell-Ward as an associate in its IP and IT team. Critchell-Ward joins from Martineau Johnson, where she worked for eight years.
Chelmsford-based firm Wollastons has hired former Olswang lawyer Grace Kerr as a partner in its commercial property department. Kerr has more than 10 years’ experience of mainstream property work.
Forsters has boosted its family team with the hire of Ann Northover, who joins as a partner from Gordon Dadds. Northover is a specialist in advising high net-worth clients on the financial aspects of divorce, prenuptial agreements and disputes involving children.
Shoosmiths has strengthened its Midlands commercial team with the appointment of Lucy Lazzeri to its Nottingham office. Lazzeri specialises in commercial contracts, IT and IP.
The Birmingham office of Cobbetts has appointed five new solicitors. Jane Raca, a former commercial litigation partner at Shoosmiths, and newly-qualified solicitors Richard Coates and David Purvis join the commercial dispute resolution team, while Pia Brosinovich and Victoria Stowell join the property dispute resolution team.