Wilsons has appointed Matthew Bennett as a partner in its private client team. Bennett joins from Obsorne Clarke, where he was the former head of the owner-managed business unit.
Schofield Sweeney has hired Howard Allen as a partner in the Bradford office's commercial property team. Allen joins from DLA Piper in Leeds.
Davies Arnold Cooper has appointed Steven Friel as associate partner in the commercial litigation group. Friel joins from Debevoise & Plimpton.
Rawlison Butler has appointed four assistants. They are Kathryn Hulmes, Claire Webb, Seiji Shibasaki and Diane Carlin. Hulmes joins the private client litigation team from Herrington & Carmichael and Webb joins the employment team from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Shibasaki qualified into the corporate team in October and Carlin joins the residential conveyancing team from Allen & Glaysher. Trainee solicitors Bethany Sutton and Rachel Lemon also join the firm.
Druces & Attlee has promoted Suzanne Middleton Lindsley to the partnership in the property team. Lindsley joined the firm in 2003 from Field Fisher Waterhouse.
Williamsons Solicitors has hired two trainees as solicitors. They are Amy Jackson in the commercial property group and Leanne Bucknall in criminal law. Both trained with the firm.
Begbies Traynor has hired Phil Smith as a partner in the corporate group. Smith joins from Horwath Clark Whitehall, where he became head of the national insolvency business after the firm was acquired by Tenon in 2001.
Boston Communications Group has hired Timothy Donovan as its new general counsel. Donovan was previously the principal of Executive Legal Solutions.
World Services Group has elected Burton Landy, chair of the global practice group at Akerman Senterfitt, as its chairman.
McDermott Will & Emery has hired former Massachusetts governor William Weld as a partner in New York. Weld returns to the firm having been a partner in Boston and New York from 1997 to 2001. He was head of the New York office from 2000 to 2001.
Damali Sahu has rejoined the Detroit office of US law firm Bodman as a partner specialising in commercial lending law. A former associate with the firm, she recently returned to Michigan from Los Angeles, where she worked at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.