Trowers & Hamlins has hired Kim Hilton as a senior associate in the firm's international telecoms group based in Bahrain. She joins from Gilbert & Tobin in Australia.
North West firm Ricksons has hired assistant Rachel Eccles into its Preston employment law team. Eccles joins from Manchester's Martin & Co, where she was also an assistant.
Radcliffes-LeBrasseur head of the Italian practice Michael Nathanson has been appointed a Grande Ufficiale Dell' Ordine della Stella della Solidarièta Italiana (Grand Officer of the Order of Italian Solidarity). Equivalent to Knight Commander, it is awarded only to non-Italians or Italians living abroad, for services to Italy.
East Anglia firm Kester Cunningham John has elected corporate lawyer Fiona Roberts senior partner. She has been at the firm for 20 years.
Australian firm Minter Ellison has appointed 13 new partners, spread across five offices, including five in Sydney. The firm has also named 11 new special counsel and 41 new senior associates.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has appointed Alessandro Liotta and Lidia Poczok as associates in London. Liotta joins from British Telecom, while Poczok joins from Denton Wilde Sapte.
US firm Foley & Lardner has named Washington DC partner Edmund Baxa chair of its national pro bono initiative.
Liverpool firm Gregory Abrams Davidson has appointed associate Raza Abbasi as its new head of corporate. Abbasi joins from Halliwells.
NautaDutilh has appointed Geert Raaijmakers as a partner in the Amsterdam office. Raaijmakers joins from Dutch pension fund ABP, where he was associate chief counsel of investments.
Davies Arnold Cooper has taken on Louise Kelly as an associate in its real estate team. She joins from Cripps Harries Hall.
Midlands law firm Needham & James has appointed commercial property specialist Justin Mason as an associate partner. He joins from Pinsent Masons.
Milton Keynes firm Kimbells has hired Mark Archer as a corporate partner from Shoosmiths. The firm has also promoted four senior solicitors to associate positions: Valerie Warman, Christopher Ainsworth, Mark Marston and Nathan Thomas.