People

  • Wilsons has appointed Matthew Bennett as a partner in its private client team. Bennett joins from Obsorne Clarke, where he was the former head of the owner-managed business unit.

  • Schofield Sweeney has hired Howard Allen as a partner in the Bradford office’s commercial property team. Allen joins from DLA Piper in Leeds.

  • Davies Arnold Cooper has appointed Steven Friel as associate partner in the commercial litigation group. Friel joins from Debevoise & Plimpton.

  • Rawlison Butler has appointed four assistants. They are Kathryn Hulmes, Claire Webb, Seiji Shibasaki and Diane Carlin. Hulmes joins the private client litigation team from Herrington & Carmichael and Webb joins the employment team from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Shibasaki qualified into the corporate team in October and Carlin joins the residential conveyancing team from Allen & Glaysher. Trainee solicitors Bethany Sutton and Rachel Lemon also join the firm.

  • Druces & Attlee has promoted Suzanne Middleton Lindsley to the partnership in the property team. Lindsley joined the firm in 2003 from Field Fisher Waterhouse.
  • Williamsons Solicitors has hired two trainees as solicitors. They are Amy Jackson in the commercial property group and Leanne Bucknall in criminal law. Both trained with the firm.

  • Begbies Traynor has hired Phil Smith as a partner in the corporate group. Smith joins from Horwath Clark Whitehall, where he became head of the national insolvency business after the firm was acquired by Tenon in 2001.

  • Boston Communications Group has hired Timothy Donovan as its new general counsel. Donovan was previously the principal of Executive Legal Solutions.

  • World Services Group has elected Burton Landy, chair of the global practice group at Akerman Senterfitt, as its chairman.

  • McDermott Will & Emery has hired former Massachusetts governor William Weld as a partner in New York. Weld returns to the firm having been a partner in Boston and New York from 1997 to 2001. He was head of the New York office from 2000 to 2001.

  • Damali Sahu has rejoined the Detroit office of US law firm Bodman as a partner specialising in commercial lending law. A former associate with the firm, she recently returned to Michigan from Los Angeles, where she worked at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.