Careers: People

SJ Berwin‘s commerce and technology team has hired senior solicitor James Gill from Freshfields’ IP team.

Human rights and employment barrister Samantha Knights, previously of 3/4 South Square, has joined Matrix Chambers. She plans to also practise immigration and asylum law.

Walker Morris has strengthened its corporate group with three lawyers. Richard Naish joins as an associate from Ashurst while James Ryan of Gordons and Sarah Thomas of Hammonds join as assistants.

Hays Legal, the legal division of the FTSE100 specialist recruitment group Hays, has appointed Yvonne Smyth as its new managing director. Smyth takes over from Lizzie Orange.

Anthony Collins Solicitors has appointed three new partners: private client specialist Alan Bean, housing law specialist Jonathan Cox and commercial property expert Ruth Grinbergs.

Scottish firm McClure Naismith has recruited specialist pensions lawyer Alison Shackleton as a new associate from Maclay Murray & Spens.