#Clifford Chance partner Daniela Weber-Ray has been appointed as a member of the board of directors at BNP Paribas. She remains a Clifford Chance partner.

#Cobbetts has appointed Sara Pinder as a director in the banking and finance litigation team. She joins from HSBC Invoice Finance, where she was in-house legal team manager.

#Hammonds has taken on Riccardo Croce as competition counsel its Brussels office. Riccardo joins the firm from Howrey in Brussels, where he was a senior associate.

#The Serious Fraud Office has hired Phillippa Williamson to the senior management team, where she will be responsible for business operations. She joins on secondment from HM Revenue & Customs.

#Paul Carvis has taken over as managing partner of Leeds firm Godloves. He replaces Ian Goldman, who led the firm for 37 years and will continue working as a consultant.

#Clifford Chance has lured Thacher Proffitt & Wood partner Robert Villani to its financial products group in New York.

#Nottingham-based Rothera Dowson has hired Heather Kirk as a solicitor from Midlands firm Nelsons. She joins the wills and probate department. The firm has also promoted family lawyer Anne-Marie Bowman to partner and Smyia Ahmed and Nicole Roberts to associate.

#Dickinson Dees has promoted Jonathan Grogan to director in the commercial disputes group.

#Hempsons has recruited Kamal Bedi from Brachers in Kent where she was an assistant. She becomes a solicitor in the London litigation team.

#Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has promoted litigator Iain Sharp to partner. He joins the new international trade and arbitration group.

#Elizabeth Cooke, professor of law at Reading University, has been appointed commissioner of law at the Law Commission. She takes over from Stuart Bridge, whose tenure ends on 2 July.

#ASB Law has promoted Vicky Stoodley to partner and head of the planning department. The firm also promoted Sarah Carpenter and Lyndsey Ratcliffe to associate in the corporate finance and commercial litigation teams respectively. move of the weekClifford Chance Amsterdam managing partner Jan ter Haar has been reappointed for a second term. Before becoming Amsterdam chief he served as managing partner of the firm’s Frankfurt office. He has also worked in London, New York and Dubai.City firm Maxwell Winward has hired Hextalls head of employment as a partner in the employment team. Julian Cox works on all aspects of employment law, with particular expertise in corporate transactions.

#Leeds-based law firm and estate agent Emsleys has taken on family law associate Rachell Bates from Harrowells in York.

#Mark Lovejoy has joined insurance broker Heath Lambert as an associate director in the mergers, acquisition and disposals team. He arrives from insurance company Marsh.

#North West firm Mace & Jones has appointed two partners to head of department. Paul Raftery will lead the corporate team while Charles Tomlinson becomes dispute resolution head. #Manchester-based lending company Blemain Group has hired Anis Waiz to the new role of group legal director. He joins from commercial property firm Field Cunningham & Co.

#St Albans firm Turner & Debenhams has taken on Bernadette Hillman to head its planning department. She was previously at Pickworths, where she was a partner.

#US firm Venable has hired Michael Davis from Carter Ledyard & Milburn in Washington DC. He becomes a partner in the environmental practice group working out of New York and Washington.

#Oxford and Thames Valley firm Darbys has appointed Stuart Malcolm as head of corporate, technology and media. He joins from an in-house role at Oxford University Press. #Woodfines has taken on two new assistants: commercial litigator Andrew Carter from Edwin Coe and commercial law specialist Nicolene Davies from Osborne Morris & Morgan.

#Lichfield and London firm Keelys has promoted two associates who joined the firm as trainees in 2001. Hitesh Punjani becomes a partner in the corporate department while Ravinder Sandhu becomes an associate partner in the employment department.

#Offshore specialist Maples and Calder has hired corporate lawyer Edward Miller as a partner from Irish firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice.

#National firm Weightmans has appointed assistant solicitor Sonja Dale to its commercial dispute resolution and insolvency team in Birmingham and Leicester. She joins from DLA Piper in Birmingham.