People•UK- and US-qualified lawyer Aaron Stephens has joined Berwin Leighton Paisner’s London office as a senior associate from DLA Piper.

•Sir Michael Bichard, chair of the Legal Services Commission, is standing down to take up a new post as director of a new Institute for Government. The commission is to launch a recruitment exercise to find a replacement.

•Lovells has taken on real estate lawyer Ashleigh Evans from Devonshires as a senior solicitor. The firm has also hired Shearman & Sterling corporate associate Emma Soar.

•Bristol firm Bevans has recruited Patrick Selley as head of dispute resolution, Bristol. He previously ran his own practice in the South West and joins as a director.

•Financial risk consultants Barrie & Hibbert have appointed Rachel Anderson as an in-house solicitor in the company’s Edinburgh office. She left Brodies to take up the post.

•Black Country firm George Green has expanded its commercial property department by hiring assistant Kelly Banger and promoting Benjamin Jones to associate. Banger joins the firm’s Cradley Health office from North Yorkshire County Council. The firm also recruited Susan Prince and Simon Griffiths in the dispute resolution and litigation team. They join from Kingsley Napley and Shoosmiths respectively.

•US firm Kaye Scholer has appointed Eric Sussman as a partner in its Chicago office. He was previously deputy chief of the financial crimes and special prosecutions section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Illinois. He will head up the Chicago office’s regulatory enforcement and white collar litigation team.

•Collyer Bristowhas promoted two associates to the partnership. Jane Hughes and Stephen Gawne bulk up the property and construction practice.

Goodman Derrick has promoted five in its annual promotions round.
Corporate partner Tanya Shillingford becomes an equity partner, while associate Lai Kong has been made a partner in the property department. Litigation solicitors Nigel Adams and Debbie Rider and employment solicitor Clare Gillroy-Scott were all promoted to the new post of senior solicitor.

•Manchester-based George Davies has hired Catherine Gasparini as HR director from Hague Lambert. The firm has also promoted associates Caroline Hanratty and Nicky Collins to partner.
Michelmores has hired former Foot Anstey corporate partner Mark Lewis to be based in its Exeter office. The firm has also promoted Rehman Noormohamed to partner in the technology media and communications practice and Sally Rice to partner in the public sector team.

•Kingsley Napley has made up two new partners in the criminal and regulatory team. Mark Beardsworth and Nicola Hill join the partnership, while Angus McBride has been promoted to equity partner.

•Southern law firm Thomas Eggar has promoted Leon Arnold and Andrew Jackson to partner and Kim Teichman, Joshy Thomas, Andrew Nixon, Michael Large, Aileen Houghton and Joanne Blazey to associate.

•Boult Wade Tennant has made up three new partners. Nigel Tucker, Felicity Hide and Matthew Spencer joined the partnership on 1 May.

•Coventry firm Band Hatton has taken on Mark Ridley as head of employment. He arrives at the firm after spending 16 years with Thackray Williams in Kent.

•Sheffield-based Ashton Morton Slack has hired Richard Larking as a commercial associate from Walker Morris in Leeds.

Speechly Bircham has appointed pensions specialist Graham Chrystie as a consultant. He leaves Halliwells, where he was a partner and head of the London pensions team.