Hammonds appoints new banking head

•Hammonds has promoted banking partner Jonathan Edwards to head its 26-partner Manchester office. Edwards takes over from Liam Buckley, who is returning to full-time fee-earning as a partner in the property team after five years in the role. Edwards has been a partner in Hammonds’ banking practice since 1999 and was the firm’s national head of banking between 2001 and 2006.