In brief: Pinsents boosts staff with three hirings

Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave – the Bristol-based firm in tripartite merger talks with Vaudreys and Beachcroft Stanleys – has lost its head of corporate affairs, Nick Cockcroft, to Pinsent Curtis. Cockcroft will head Pinsents' private equity team in Birmingham. Pinsents has also hired David Williams of Harvey Ingram Owston, who becomes a partner in its Leeds private equity team, and Donald Stewart from Lewis Silkin, who becomes a partner in its London corporate finance department.