Careers: people

Manby & Steward has hired a new partner for its dispute resolution division. Brian Aikman, a recently-appointed deputy district judge, joins the firm from Birmingham’s Martineau Johnson, where he was a partner in the litigation department.

Collyer-Bristow has appointed a new partner to bolster its employment team. Geoffrey Mead arrives from US firm Reed Smith, where he was head of employment for five years. Sarah Nurcombe, formerly of Banks Kelly, has also joined the 32-partner firm as an associate in the dispute resolution team.

Midlands firm Higgs & Sons has recruited a new trust and probate specialist for its private client division. David Nightingale joins the four-office outfit after 30 years with Birmingham’s Martineau Johnson.

Buckinghamshire firm BP Collins Solicitors has recruited a new associate for its family department. Nicole Simmons will join the team at the firm’s Gerrards Cross and Beaconsfield offices.

Howard Kennedy has boosted its tax department with the hire of Carol Fraser, a qualified barrister. Fraser joins the London-based firm as a tax consultant from City outfit Goldberg Linde.