Davies Arnold Cooper has hired Mark Collins as knowledge management partner in London from Herbert Smith. Sonia Bustos and Sharron Carle also join as real estate associates.

Kennedys has appointed Johnathan Eastlake as a partner in its insurance group. He joins from Plexus Law.

Buss Murton Solicitors has hired Rosie McCormick Paice to head its Tunbridge Wells property group. She joins from Addleshaw Goddard.

US firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has hired Mauricio Flores from McDermott Will & Emery and David Heisey from Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps into its IP group.

Hextalls has promoted Alex Padfield to head its restructured travel and leisure department, while Ian Chappell and Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs become partners. Nazar Sheik also joins as a partner from Marshall Ross & Prevezer.

Charles Russell has hired employment and pensions law partner Simon McMenemy in Guildford from Holborn firm Brown Cooper Monier-Williams.

Leo Abse & Cohen has appointed Paul Bromhead as senior commercial property solicitor and Mick Tinning joins as solicitor. Bromhead joins from Thomas Graham and Tinning from Gimblett Williams.