Kent firm Vizards Wyeth has appointed two new partners. Fiona Simpson joins the commercial litigation department from Orchard, where she was a partner, while Susanna Gilmartin, an employment specialist, joins from ASB Law in Croydon, where she headed the employment team.
Forshaws has hired a new associate solicitor. Jane Whitaker, a clinical negligence specialist, joins the civil litigation department from Cheshire’s Jobling Gowler, where she gained experience in clinical, educational and professional negligence claims.
Midlands firm Heatons has expanded its Birmingham and Manchester employment teams with two new associates. Paul Roberts heads the Birmingham team, having moved from Anthony Collins, while Vicky Bennett, formerly of Eversheds, heads the Manchester team.
Manches’ London office has appointed Richard Dickinson as partner to the technology and IP group. The group now numbers four partners and five solicitors, including two trademark attorneys. Dickinson joined Manches in early 2005 from Lovells and specialises in commercial and regulatory advice, particularly for the media and entertainment industries.