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Crispin Rapinet has been elected as Asia and Middle East managing partner at Lovells. He will have overall responsibility for the firm’s seven offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Dubai.


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CMS Hasche Sigle managing partner Cornelius Brandi has been made hairman of the CMS network’s executive committee. He will head the committee of CMS’s nine member firms, taking over from CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre managing partner Pierre-Sebastien Thill.

• Crispin Rapinet has been elected as Asia and Middle East managing partner at Lovells. He will have overall responsibility for the firm’s seven offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Dubai.

• New York-headquartered Sidley Austin has promoted two to partner in its Brussels office. Ken Daly and Kristina Nordlander bolster the firm’s antitrust/competition practice.

• Regional firm Birketts has made up Marcos Toffanello to partner in the Norwich commercial property team. The firm also promoted Emma Cracknell, Wendy Martin and Chris Coupland to associate and Pam Dawson to legal executive associate.

• Scottish firm Morton Fraser has hired private client specialist Rory Collins as a consultant. He had previously operated as a private practitioner, having left Withers in the 1980s.

• Keystone Lawhas taken on Matheu Smith as a consultant solicitor in the dispute resolution and litigation group. He joins from Hassan Khan & Co.

TLT has hired Kerri Ashworth as an associate in its commercial property team. She joins from Bond Pearce, where she was a solicitor.

• Midlands and South Yorkshire firm Cartwright King has promoted Emma Hodgson, Mark Hopwell, Nicola Hunter, Raminder Shergill, Sundeep Soor, Ghuffar Usman, Alison Ward and Paul Wright to associate, and Dan Stowers to senior associate.

• Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Cambridgeshire firm Roythornes has appointed a non-legal businesswoman as its chief executive. Julie Goldsmith takes over the role having worked as managing director of the Royal Horticultural Society’s publishing division.

• Southampton’s Lamport Bassitt has appointed assistants Richard Green and Rebecca Crane to its commercial property team. Crane arrives from Charles Russell and Green has been a locum for three years.

• French firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has promoted three lawyers to partner: Jean-Renaud Cazali in banking, finance and capital markets, Nicolas Favre in corporate and Guillaume Rossignol in real estate.

• Ronald Ellington has been appointed as a district judge in the North Eastern circuit. He will be based at Pontefract County Court as of 1 July.

• Cheshire firm SAS Daniels has promoted probate and trusts lawyer Helen Wood to associate at its Macclesfield office.

• GSC Solicitors has hired associate Emma Alford from Michelmores. She joins the private client team in London.

• British Virgin Islands-headquartered Harney Westwood & Riegels has recruited Chetan Nagendra to the firm’s new India desk. She was formerly in-house regional counsel for the Middle East and India at Diageo.

• Immigration lawyer Linda Coxon has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as a solicitor, having left Bindmans, where she was an assistant.

• Simon Newell has been made a circuit judge in the Northern Circuit. He will be based at Preston and Burnley Combined Courts with effect from 3 July.

• Linda Parker has retired as social security and child support commissioner. She had held the post since 2000.

• Leeds and Bradford firm Gordons has expanded its commercial property department with the appointment of planning partner Steve Hawkins, who joins from Rollits in Hull.

• Steven Janes has joined Wright Hassall Solicitors in Leamington Spa from Sherrards Solicitors in St Albans, where he will become a partner in the corporate department.

• Lincoln’s Inn firm Hunters has boosted its property team with the arrival of partner Peter Robinson from Lee Bolton Monier-Williams.