Careers: people

Thames Valley firm Pitmans has appointed a new senior solicitor to its defendant personal injury team. Alan Davies joins from Merriman White, a firm based in London and Guildford. Davies was previously a partner at Gregory Rowcliffe & Milners and Edward Lewis in London and specialises in insurance litigation.

Surrey firm Pearson Maddin has appointed a new chief executive this month. Ron Voden was previously chief executive at 14-partner Kent firm Whitehead Monckton for five-years.

Shoosmiths has recruited a specialist banking lawyer as part of the expansion of its Reading-based banking team. New Zealand-qualified Kirsty Clarke joins from Trowers & Hamlins in Oman and Bahrain and will be advising on debt finance and security issues.

Specialist IP firm Willoughby & Partners has announced a string of promotions this month. Maura Canavan, Chris Vale, Arty Rajendra, Karen Fong and Elliot Papageorgiou all became partners at the firm’s London office in June, while Rob Furneaux was made a partner in Oxford. Ben Goodyer returns to the London office later this year after twoyears in the Shanghai office.