#Watson Farley & Williams has hired project finance associate Mehrab Nazir from CMS Cameron McKenna. He joins as a partner.

#Michelmores has promoted four assistants to associate solicitor. Litigator Tony Cockayne, commercial property lawyer Laura Ford, M&A specialist Johanna Probert and head of financial services Philip Ryley all won through in the selection process.

#Lovells capital markets partner Michael Pugh has moved to the firm’s office in Moscow. He was made up to partner on 1 May and was previously based in London.

#Pitmans has hired former Nabarro Sheffield pensions head Ian Flowers as a partner. He will work out of the London office.

#Healthcare specialist Hempsons Solicitors has expanded its real estate practice by hiring former Fox Hayes Solicitors assistant Colin Wolfe, who joins as a solicitor in the firm’s Harrogate office.

#Shulmans property partner David Barraclough has been made president of Leeds Law Society. He took over the presidency from Stuart Turnock at the society’s AGM on 15 May.

#Doncaster firm Atherton Godfrey Solicitors has promoted Emma Beazley to associate. She has also moved from the family department to the firm’s IP practice.

#Peters & Peters has hired former Crown Prosecution Service head of the special crime division Carmen Down. She will strengthen the firm’s fraud and regulatory department.

#Litigation specialist Knights Solicitors has promoted David Miller, Becky Shenton, Lynne Ingram, David Convey and Nichola Gray to the position of associate solicitor.

#White & Case has promoted environmental and energy lawyer Tallat Hussein to counsel. He is based within the energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance group in London.

#Winckworth Sherwood has hired Nicola Raistrick as a planning partner from Shoosmiths, where she was an associate.

#Biggart Baillie pensions head Iain Talman has move of the week#Peter Valert has been appointed managing partner of the Prague office of DLA Piper. He was previously a partner and head of the firm’s technology, media and commercial practice in Central and Eastern Europe. The office was previously managed by Valert and corporate partner Jörg Nürnberger on an informal basis. company @sipp. He was previously a non-executive at the company.

#Leeds firm Fox Hayes Solicitors has made partner James Thornton the head of family law.

#Insurance specialist Davies Lavery Solicitors has promoted Nick Rouse to partner in the insurance/reinsurance and property insurance teams. He will be based in the firm’s London office.

#Morgan Cole has boosted its teams in Oxford and Reading by hiring commercial property solicitors Sadie Fairfax and Helen Brockhurst. They arrive from Ashurst and Goughs Solicitors respectively.

#German firm Beiten Burkhardt has recruited Japanese corporate specialist Asako Kowalsky from the Düsseldorf office of Mütze Korsch. She was previously a lawyer in the tax and legal department of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

#Royal Pharmaceutical Society director of fitness to practice and legal affairs Mandie Lavin is set to join the Bar Standards Board as a director. She takes over from Mark Stobbs, who left to join the Law Society as director of legal policy. #Keystone Law has hired three new consultants this month. IT specialist Carolyn Bertin arrives from Hyperion Solutions, where she was Europe, Middle East and Africa director of legal; corporate finance partner Bryan Rickman joins from Campbell Hooper and Wendy Roberts comes from Shearman & Sterling, where she was a senior corporate associate.

#US firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood has promoted Lee Smith to partner in New York. He was previously a counsel specialising in commercial lending, loan restructuring and bankruptcy.