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US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has hired corporate partner Sandra Esquiva-Hesse from the Paris office of Clifford Chance, where she was of counsel.

Reading-headquartered firm Pitmans has hired IP assistant Sarah Hadland from Eversheds.

South Wales firm Leo Abse & Cohen has taken on Frances Blomeley as associate partner and head of commercial litigation. Blomely joins from Capital Law in Cardiff, where she was head of the commercial insurance litigation team.

US firm Kirkland & Ellis has hired restructuring partner Paul Basta from rival Weil Gotshal & Manges‘ New York office.

North East firm Gordon Brown Associates has promoted head of civil litigation John Rumney, estate agency manager Stephen Pybus and family lawyer Jill Cameron to associate level.

#The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has appointed Paul Davies as director for Wales. Davies was previously in senior management at Barclays Bank.

Berrymans Lace Mawer has hired partner Francoise Snape for its regulatory team from Birmingham set Central Solicitors’ Chambers.

Southampton’s Moore & Blatch has hired commercial property solicitor Mario Montana from Barrett & Thompson in Slough.

US firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood has taken on Ricardo Ramirez as counsel for its Mexico City office. Ramirez was previously the deputy general counsel for trade negotiations for the Mexican minister for the economy.

Lupton Fawcett has bolstered its commercial property practice with the hire of senior lawyer Tom Whiteside from Pinsent Masons‘ Leeds office. #TLT Solicitors has two new real estate assistants. Alison Blades joins from Hodders and Bethan Love joins from Australian firm Mallesons Stephens Jaques.

Withers has hired property assistant Emma Copestake from Farrer & Co. She joins as a senior associate.

Pinsent Masons has appointed John Williams as a senior associate from Watson Burton, where he led the construction practice.