Taylor Wessing has expanded its Islamic finance practice with the hire of associate Mustafa Hussain, who joins from Stephenson Harwood.

Pitmans has appointed a new solicitor to its commercial litigation team. Jonathan Durrant joins from Army Legal Services, where he was a solicitor.

Manchester firm John Hardman & Co has made a trio of promotions. Paul Cain, who joined last November, becomes a personal injury partner, while Joanne Eckersley and Chris Ross become associates in employment and corporate finance respectively.

Irwin Mitchell has boosted its London employment team with the hire of assistant Claire Purdell-Lewis from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

The corporate and commercial group at White & Bowker has been strengthened by the hire of Antonia Mann, who joins its Chandlers Ford office as a consultant. Mann was an in-house lawyer at Vodafone in Newbury for 14 years and led its UK corporate team.