Bristows has promoted Maria Isabel Manley to partnership. Manley, who advises on both contentious and non-contentious issues, joined the firm in 2003 and specialises in regulatory and competition law.
Reed Smith has hired a new employment and labour law specialist. Oliver Heeder will join the Munich office as counsel on 4 July 2005 from Jones Day and will focus on all areas of employment work, including issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, benefits and litigation.
Boutique media and entertainment firm Clintons has hired a new solicitor. Tom Frederikse, formerly of The Simkins Partnership, will focus on general commercial work in the digital media, e-commerce and advertising industries.
Manchester firm James Chapman & Co has appointed David Wynn as partner to the personal injury department. Wynn joins from Langleys in York.
Baker & McKenzie has appointed four new partners, bringing the total number of partners in the London office to 76. The partners are: Bill Batchelo (competition); Richard Blunt (corporate); Keith Jones (competition); and Jenni Rutter (IP).