Hammonds appoints Edwards as new Manchester head

Hammonds has appointed a new head for its 26-partner Manchester office.

Banking partner Jonathan Edwards takes over the role from incumbent Liam Buckley, who returns to full-time fee earning as a partner in the property team after five years in the role.

Edwards has been a partner in Hammonds’ banking practice since 1999 and was the firm’s national head of banking between 2001 and 2006.

Hammonds’ Manchester office generated around £18m in revenues in the financial year 2005-06. Edwards said: “I am delighted to be taking the helm of an office in such great shape.”

Manchester is central to the firm’s plan to invest more in the North West, which are thought to include plans for an additional 15 partners in the region.

However, the office received just one new partner in the firm’s latest round of partner promotions.

Buckley is the second of Hammonds’ regional office managing partners to stand down in recent weeks, after Leeds chief Ian Greenfield was succeeded last month by dispute resolution partner Simon Miller (The Lawyer, 23 April 2007).