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Cambridge-based Mills & Reeve has appointed two partners bringing the firm's total to 55. Claire Clarke will join the partnership in the corporate finance team, while Gary Attle will become a partner in the education team.
Berrymans Lace Mawer has made up Julie Clarey to partner level. Clarey has worked at the firm since 1993, when she joined from Pickles Halliwell in Oldham. Clarey specialises in commercial litigation and will continue to work in the firm's Manchester office.
Manchester firm Turner Parkinson has recruited corporate finance partner Nick Davenport from Knight & Sons. Davenport, who will be a partner in Turner Parkinson's company commercial department, spent 26 years at Knight & Sons, and was a partner there for 18 years.
DJ Freeman and Insurance Trading Exchange (ITE) have taken on two corporate insurance partners from Davies Arnold Coopers. Ambereen Salamat has joined DJ Freeman's insurance department while Christopher Croft has become group legal services director at ITE, becoming its first in-house lawyer.
William Fry's former managing partner Brian O'Donnell has set up a firm in conjunction with a US practice. The Dublin-based firm, Brian O'Donnell & Partners specialises in corporate law and plans to recruit 20 lawyers to the firm over the coming year.
Titmuss Sainer Dechert has promoted two property specialists to partner level. Edward Bannister and Mark Packer are both from the firm's property department. Bannister joined the firm in 1997 and acts on retail property and development matters. Packer has been with the firm since 1996 and specialises in development, investment, landlord and tenant and insolvency work.