In brief: Halliwells poaches rival's property lawyer

North West firm Halliwell Landau has poached Mary Thakkar from Manchester rivals Gorna & Co. Halliwells claims its property business has risen by a fifth over the past year and Thakkar's appointment is part of an ongoing property recruitment drive. Halliwells' head of property Geoff Marks said: “In the last couple of years the firm has been able to attract a different calibre of property specialists – and many new heavyweight clients. Mary's appointment represents another major step forward for the firm. We are continuing to look ahead to the future and are seeking other high-calibre property lawyers to join the department.”