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Scotland's Morton Fraser has hired Austin Flynn as a corporate partner from Edinburgh rival Murray Beith Murray. Also, corporate partner Adrian Bell will head the Glasgow office from 1 May when John Urquhart becomes a consultant.
Penningtons has hired Boodle Hatfield partner Andrew Drake, who joins the Newbury office as a corporate and commercial partner.
Blake Lapthorn Linnell has boosted its family department with the appointment of Paris Smith & Randall lawyer Joanne Houston as a senior solicitor in the Portsmouth office.
Crutes has named its first five associates, the role being a new one within the firm. They are: Nicholas Fairhurst, Sue Howes, Tom Whitfield, Nikki Hyam and Angela Kirtley.