Clausen Miller has hired senior solicitor Celso de Azevedo for its London office. De Azevedo, who specialises in South American reinsurance and marine practice, joins from Eversheds.

Carlisle-based Burnetts Solicitors has promoted employment specialist Natalie Ruane and family law specialist Amy Fallows to its partnership. David McGill has also been promoted to associate.

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo has made several US lateral hires. They are: McDermott Will & Emery‘s New York head of healthcare Andrew Roth as a partner; Bridget Rohde from the US Attorney’s Office as a partner; Jeffry Davis from DLA Piper as a bankruptcy partner; and Lauren Haly as a healthcare associate from the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Hanesbrands, a marketer of innerwear, outerwear and hosiery apparel, has appointed Joia Johnson as its executive vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective from 29 January. Johnson joins Hanesbrands from RARE Hospitality International.

TLT Solicitors has hired Ben Watson as an associate. Watson, who specialises in remuneration and benefits, joins from the Bristol office of Osborne Clarke.

Faegre & Benson’s London office has hired Amy Brookbanks as a corporate associate. Brookbanks, who originally qualified at the firm in September 2003, spent two years with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) as legal counsel before rejoining the firm.

O’Melveny & Myers has promoted China M&A specialist Li Qiang to the partnership, effective from 1 February. Qiang joined O’Melveny’s Shanghai office from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s Shanghai office, where he practised for more than eight years.

Dawn Slow, a legal executive at Bray & Bray Solicitors, has won the Institute of Legal Executives’ 2006 Pro Bono Award for her community legal work for children with brain injuries. Slow recently become a volunteer at the Leicester Law Centre.

Watson Burton has promoted two solicitors to associate level, Warren Kemp and Kevin Anderson, who both practise in the construction team.

McDermott Will & Emery has hired trial lawyer Joel Chefitz as as head of its Chicago securities litigation practice. Chefitz, who specialises in securities and antitrust litigation, was most recently managing partner of Howrey’s Chicago office.