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Kirkland & Ellis has hired Natasha Watson, formerly of Baker & McKenzie, and Helena Potts, formerly of Weil Gotshal & Manges, as associates in its London-based European restructuring group.

Addleshaw Goddard has hired banking partner Mark Thomas for its finance and projects division. Thomas, who specialises in structured finance, joins the firm from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw.

West Country law firm Ashfords has appointed commercial law specialist Lesley Galvin as a partner in its Plymouth office. Galvin joins after almost 10 years in General Motors Europe’s European legal operations team.

West Midlands firm Challinors has promoted three associates to the firm’s partnership. Alan Carneiro and Tania Derrett-Smith are both members of the firm’s family department, while Nicholas Tubb is a member of the clinical negligence team. All are based in the Birmingham office.