South East firm asb law has hired Rosemary Madders as an associate from Thomas Eggar, Samantha Thomas as a solicitor from Philippsohn Crawfords Berwald and Anita McGowan as senior HR officer from Allen & Overy.

US firm Dechert has hired Thomas Friedmann as a partner in Washington DC. Friedmann joins from Shearman & Sterling.

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired Chang Joo Kim as a partner in the Korea practice in the New York office. He joins from Dorsey & Whitney.

Browne Jacobson has made 11 promotions. Mark Blois, Sarah Manning and Sarah Parkinson have been made up to the partnership, while Helen Badger, Mark Barnett, Justine Condon, Pauline Hollands, Paula Dumbill, Ben Troke, Craig Wallace and Simon White become associates.

Leeds firm Fox Hayes has appointed Joanne Caselaw-Ewart, from Shulmans, as an associate and Nicholas Tilson, from Manchester-firm Fentons, as a solicitor.

Preston firm Napthens has rehired Allan Sumner as a partner after a spell at Ricksons.