•Manchester-based firm Geoffrey Miller has hired Julie Robertson as an assistant. Robertson was previously a legal adviser for the Vale Royal Magistrates Court in Northwich.

Arnold & Porter has promoted Daphne O’Connor to head its Denver office. O’Connor replaces Brian Leitch, who is leaving the firm to join merchant bank and private equity company Perseus.

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo has hired public finance tax specialist Jerry Spector as a partner in New York. He joins from Blank Rome, where he was also a partner.

•Nottingham-based firm Berryman has appointed Sue Carr as its marketing director. Carr was previously head of marketing at accountancy firm Tenon.

Levi Solicitors has hired Sarah Crowther as an associate in the family law unit in Leeds. She joins from Brearleys Solicitors.

•Scottish firm Biggart Baillie has made eight internal promotions: Alistair Drummond and Ian McCann become partners, while Chris Byrne, David Gilchrist, Douglas McLachlan, John McKie, Mhairi Reid and Euan Tripp become associates.

Macfarlanes has appointed Hayley O’Byrne as an assistant in the property team. She joins from Lester Aldridge.

•Jersey-headquartered Mourant du Feu & Jeune has hired John Lewis as an equity partner in Guernsey. He joins from Collas Day following the firm’s split earlier this year.

Clifford Chance has appointed Erin Brennan as a foreign legal consultant to the Asian corporate M&A team. Brennan joins from McDermott Will & Emery in Boston, where she was a partner.

Davies Arnold Cooper has hired Carolyn West as a partner in its real estate group. West joins from Tolhurst Fisher, where she was a partner.

DLA Piper has taken on Michael Cieslarczyk as a partner and Marek Dal-Canton as a senior associate in its international energy law group in Cologne. They join from White & Case‘s Düsseldorf office.

Howard Kennedy has promoted four property specialists to its partnership. They are Tracey Edinboro-Wright, Graham Goldspink, Michael Goodman and Emma Pereira.