Cripps Harries Hall has hired three property assistants: Victoria Back joins from Linklaters, Simon Schipper joins from Clarke Willmott and Oliver Morris joins from Stanley Tee. Robert Sully also joins as a commercial dispute resolution assistant from Jones Day.

Sheridans has a new head of employment. Ray Wann joins from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, where he was chair of the London employment team.

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired Steven Schulman as its first full-time pro bono partner in Washington DC. Schulman was previously at Latham & Watkins.

Leeds law firm Lee & Priestley has hired Wendy Knox as a corporate and banking solicitor. Knox previously practised at Clyde & Co in London.

South West firm TLT Solicitors’ head of employment Stuart McBride has been elected as the South West representative of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.

Stephensons has hired Richard Dawson- Gerard as a commercial litigation partner and assistant Graham Love, both from Keoghs.

Mills & Reeve has appointed three solicitors in Birmingham: Helen Burnell moves across from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in London, Julie Ford joins from Bevan Brittan and Kristina Taylor from Alexander Harris.

US firm Greenberg Traurig has hired Regina Vargo, former assistant US trade representative for the Americas, as the firm’s senior director for global trade, to be based in Washington DC.

Middleton Potts has promoted Christopher Axford to its partnership in the firm’s corporate and commercial team. Axford joined as an associate last June from Quartson & Co.

Lancashire firm Napthens has hired Alison Melling as an assistant in its family group from Inghams.

Penningtons has appointed two associates in its Newbury office: Andrew Jackson joins the dispute resolution group from Maclay Murray & Spens and Sarah Speed joins the family team from Manches.

Australian firm Phillips Fox has poached partners Alec Christie, David Morris, Michael Reed and Adrian Smith from Middletons. All four join the corporate and commercial team in Sydney.

Leeds and Sheffield private client firm Wrigleys has appointed four assistants: Milly Hodgkinson, Julie Finlay and Oliver Hallam join the capital tax planning team from the Treasury Solicitor’s Office in London, Hammonds and Allen & Overy respectively, while Simon Evans also joins the pensions team from Eversheds.