Bircham Dyson Bell has promoted two lawyers to associate level: Benjamin James within company commercial, and Nitej Davda in the litigation group.

Berrymans Lace Mawer has hired fraud specialist Sarah Hill as an assistant.

Keoghs has appointed Robert Barnard as head of debt recovery from Bradford-based Drydens Solicitors.

Blake Lapthorn Linnell has recruited the former senior partner of Hames & Meyrier Richard Hames as aviation consultant. Construction lawyer David Evans also joins from Manches.

Northern firm Brooke North has hired Stuart Tansley and Robert Norton as associates from Hempsons and Pinsent Masons respectively. Michaela Boryslawskyj, Michael Gaughan, Stephen Fallon and Sara Moore also join as assistants.

Hong Kong firm Tanner De Witt has hired Karen Cheng Suk Ling as a solicitor, Winnie Li Wing Man as company secretary and Stephanie Zhang Nan Nan as a trainee.

Osborne Clarke has appointed Alex Worner as a senior associate from McGrigors.