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Watson Burton has hired Zoe Thomas as a senior solicitor in its employment team. Thomas joins the firm’s Leeds office from Addleshaw Goddard.
Semple Fraser has promoted three of its solicitors to associate level. They are Stacey Smyth and Claire McPherson in the construction team and Alix Wotherspoon in the firm’s planning team.
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has promoted 16 to its partnership, effective from 1 February 2007. The 16 promotions cover all of the firm’s five departments and all of its offices.
Mundays has hired two solicitors, Julie Man and Delia Curtis. Man joins the private wealth group from W Davies Solicitors, where she was a partner, while Curtis joins the property team as a professional support lawyer from Stevenson Harwood.
Kaye Scholer has hired Gary Gartner and Jeffrey Scheine as partners in its tax group. Both join the firm’s New York office from US firm Torys, where they were partners.
Japanese firm Atsumi & Partners has hired Daniel Hounslow as an M&A and private equity partner. Hounslow was formerly counsel with Clifford Chance in its Japan private equity practice.
Katten Muchin Rosenman Cornish has hired two associates, Sean Donovan-Smith and Anne Taulbut, who join the London financial services practice. Donovan-Smith joins from McGrigors and Taulbut from SJ Berwin.
Mills & Reeve has hired Stephen Hamilton as a corporate senior solicitor. Hamilton joins from Norton Rose, where he was an associate.
Sacker & Partners has hired two new solicitors, Naomi Brown and Nigel Cayless. Brown joins after completing her training contract at Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw and Cayless arrives after training at Landwell.
The Hardman Partnership has promoted James Pike to qualified solicitor level after the completion of his two-year traineeship with the firm. Pike will focus on employment and commercial litigation work.
Hextalls has hired Anthony Thompson as an associate in its employment team. Thompson joins from Wellers in Bromley.
Berryman has promoted corporate finance specialist Roger Harcourt to its partnership. Harcourt joined Berryman as an associate in the business services team six months ago from Shoosmiths.
Pitmans has appointed Karen Lee as an assistant in its commercial property team. Lee joins from Glazer Delmar Solicitors.