US firm Dorsey & Whitney has hired Bill Michael, former chair of the white-collar and regulatory defence group at Lindquist & Vennum, as a partner in its trial group.

Berwins Solicitors has appointed Claire Armer as a commercial property associate. Armer joins from Grahame Stowe Bateson, where she was a commercial support assistant in the family department.

Troutman Sanders has hired five corporate partners from Hunton & Williams. They are David Carter, John Owen Gwathmey, Mason Bayler, David Meyers and Coburn Beck.

Aaron & Partners has appointed Andy Duxbury as chief executive officer. Duxbury joins from Cobbetts, where he was business development director.

Covington & Burling has appointed Guy Dingley to its London office as counsel in the tax group from O’Melveny & Myers.

South East firm Penningtons Solicitors has hired two solicitors into its corporate team. Shelly Stemp joins from TWM Solicitors, while Michael Jordan joins from DMH Stallard.

Burness has recruited commercial property and property finance specialist Iain Grieve as a partner in its property group. Grieve joins from Dundas & Wilson.

Seddons has promoted Deborah Jeff to its partnership in the family law team.

Collyer Bristow has hired Benn Richards into its insolvency team. He joins from WSmiths in the British Virgin Islands.

Leeds firm Fox Hayes has appointed associate Amanda Pearce to its commercial and property team. She joins from Hammonds. #Offshore firm Bedell Cristin has hired solicitor Kate Ovenden into its financial services group, based in Guernsey. She joins from Withers in London where she had worked for 10 years.

Manchester firm Brabners Chaffe Street has hired Jo Mills as an associate in its property group. She joins from Walker Morris. The firm has also appointed associate Melanie Bell to its corporate teamfrom Forbes Solicitors .

Needham & James has hired associate Ben Sharp for its private client practice. He joins from Penmans Solicitors.

Landmark Chambers has hired barrister Aaron Walder, who joins from 3 Paper Buildings.

Bird & Bird has appointed Amedeo Rampolla as a co-head of its employment team. Rampolla joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he was a senior associate.