National firm Eversheds is to make up 16 partners in the Spring. Five of the partners will be based in Leeds, with other appointments in the firm’s offices in Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff, London, Birmingham and Ipswich. Alan Whiteley, a corporate finance lawyer at Eversheds in Cardiff, is leaving to join Gambit Corporate Finance but the firm’s London pension practice has snapped up senior assistant Richard Leigh from Burges Salmon in Bristol.