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  • Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has appointed its 100th fee-earner. Adam Watson joins its Nottingham commercial property team from Warwickshire firm Lodders.

  • Sheffield firm Wake Smith’s trust, tax and probate partner Michael Tunbridge has repl…
  • Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has appointed its 100th commercial property team fee-earner. Adam Watson joins its Nottingham commercial property team from Warwickshire firm Lodders.
  • Sheffield firm Wake Smith’s trust, tax and probate partner Michael Tunbridge has replaced Jonathan Hunt as senior partner, who returns to full-time practice as a consultant. Tunbridge has been with the firm for more than 30 years.
  • Birmingham firm Coley & Tilley has promoted litigation and employment lawyer James Leo to the partnership. He joined the firm in 2000, progressing to associate in 2002.
  • Los Angeles-based firm O’Melveny & Myers has appointed Thomas Brown as a competition partner. Brown joins the firm’s San Francisco office from Visa USA, where he was senior counsel.
  • Peterborough firm Buckles Solicitors has hired associate Christina Merrington and assistant Peter Geach. Merrington joins the company commercial team from EMW Law, while Geach joins the commercial property team from an in-house role at Manchester Airports Group.
  • Lancashire firm Napthens has hired Michael Fetherstone as a commercial property partner. Fetherstone joins from Hill Dickinson, where he was also a partner in the commercial property team.
  • Washington DC-based Alston & Bird has hired William Stefko as a partner in its real estate finance capital markets group. He was previously vice-president and assistant general counsel at CW Capital.
  • Manchester trust and estate boutique Lane-Smith & Shindler, which launched in May, has hired Marc King as an associate. King joins after four years at Gorvins Solicitors in Stockport, where he specialised in private client work.
  • Canadian firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson has hired Ronald Snyder as a partner from Snyder & Company in Vancouver. Giovanna Spataro also joins from Lapointe Rosenstein, Julie Morel from Gasco Goodhue, Leigh Stewart from Robinson Stewart and Philip Swain from Aegera Therapeutics, all as associates.
  • Associate Stephen Lawson from South West firm Foot Anstey has been elected as president of the Association of South Western Law Societies for the second time.
  • Ellisons in Colchester has appointed Seamus Clifford as its new head of corporate from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). Clifford, who trained and qualified with Ellisons, returns to the firm after spending six years in BLP’s corporate team.