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Keelys Solicitors has promoted Paul Roberts to its partnership. Roberts joined the Lichfield-based firm 15 months ago as an associate and head of the employment department.

•Keelys Solicitors has promoted Paul Roberts to its partnership. Roberts joined the Lichfield-based firm 15 months ago as an associate and head of the employment department.

•US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has promoted Barry Senterfitt to partner in charge of its Austin office. Senterfitt replaces Tim LaFrey in the role after LaFrey left to become the president and chief operating officer at the American Physician Services Group.

•O’Melveny & Myers has hired Shannon Lowry Nagle as a partner in its business restructuring and reorganisation group. She joins from Atlanta-based Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy.

•Newcastle firm Sintons has recruited Charles Penn to head its marketing department. Penn was previously head of marketing at North East food company Ross’s Pickles.

•Thacher Proffitt & Wood has promoted four lawyers to its partnership. Aimee Cummo, Jerome Dano and Samuel Lee, previously associates, and Tom Majewski, formerly a counsel, become partners. The New York-based firm has also hired two counsel: environmental lawyers Trisha Smith and Lou Evans join from Nixon Peabody.

•US firm Venable has appointed two partners to its environmental practice group in Washington DC. Douglas Green and William Weissman join the firm from DLA Piper.

•Leeds-based commercial firm Levi Solicitors has appointed its first commercial and IP partner. James Sarjantson joins from Hammonds, where he was a senior associate.

•Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has hired Jonathan Price and Karl Clowry as counsel in the London office. Price, who joins the capital markets department, was an associate at CMS Cameron McKenna, while Clowry, who joins the financial restructuring team, was a senior associate at Allen & Overy.

•Loeb & Loeb has recruited two corporate specialists in Los Angeles. Michael Rosner joins as senior counsel from Finova Capital Corporation, where he was vice-president and corporate counsel, while Gregory Shamo joins as an associate from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.

Weightmans has boosted its London-based property team with the hire of a partner, Stephen Whittaker from Druces & Attlee. Assistant Sarah Bainbridge also moves across.

•Brick Court Chambers has hired associate Robert O’Donoghue from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. O’Donoghue joins Brick Court’s competition and EU litigation team.