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Ramby De Mello of No5 Chambers

No5 Chambers barrister backs Birmingham Central Mosque call for release of hostage Alan Henning

The city mosque has made a plea to ISIS extremists to release Mr Henning and any other individuals held captive in Syria

De Marco and Askews announce merger deal

Kuljeet Sandhu and Sandra Garlick
Law firms create 20-strong practice as they eye regional expansion amid plans to launch incubation hub for start-ups and small companies

DLA Piper chief Sir Nigel Knowles joins Zeus Capital

Sir Nigel Knowles, who has been appointed chairman of Zeus Capital
Currently global co-CEO and managing partner of DLA Piper, over the last 18 years Sir Nigel Knowles has led its growth from a regional law firm to a global business with a turnover in excess of £1 billion

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Ramby De Mello of No5 Chambers

No5 Chambers barrister backs Birmingham Central Mosque call for release of hostage Alan Henning

The city mosque has made a plea to ISIS extremists to release Mr Henning and any other individuals held captive in Syria

Kuljeet Sandhu and Sandra Garlick

De Marco and Askews announce merger deal

Law firms create 20-strong practice as they eye regional expansion amid plans to launch incubation hub for start-ups and small companies

Sir Nigel Knowles, who has been appointed chairman of Zeus Capital

DLA Piper chief Sir Nigel Knowles joins Zeus Capital

Currently global co-CEO and managing partner of DLA Piper, over the last 18 years Sir Nigel Knowles has led its growth from a regional law firm to a global business with a turnover in excess of £1 billion

Peter Beddoes, the former managing partner of Wright Hassall who is retiring after 35 years with the firm

Former Wright Hassall managing partner calls it a day

Peter Beddoes spent 35 years with Warwickshire law firm which grew from five to 35 partners during his time there

Peter Gate, an associate at Solihull-based specialist private client law firm Meridian Private Client

Meridian Private Client associate singled-out as rising star

Peter Gate has been named as one of the UK's top private client advisers in a countdown published by web site eprivateclient

The Chapman & Co team

Expansion and rebrand for chapman+co

Chapman+co is a growing firm of UK and European patent and trademark attorneys. As well as having additional offices in Cardiff, London, Winchester and Swansea, the company has a network of overseas attorneys

Martyn Morgan, Stuart Thomas, Mark Hodgson, Louise Jones, Gill Bowskill, James Gwilliams, Andrew Wakeman, Peter Hill, Peter Adkins and Mary Mocklow of QualitySolicitors Talbots

Award for QualitySolicitors Talbots' director

Mary Mocklow of QualitySolicitors Talbots picked up the award at the network’s Annual Conference and Awards 2014

Andrew Hattersley of Westgate Group, Andrew Wynne (FBC Manby Bowdler), and Darren Gould also of Westgate Group

Lawyers at FBC Manby Bowdler advise Westgate on move

The move, which was prompted by the firm’s growth, was advised chiefly by Wolverhampton based solicitor Andrew Wynne

Yves de-Sevin, managing director of FIDAL, with Mark Jeffries, senior partner at Mills & Reeve

Mills & Reeve's French connection strengthened

The agreement builds on the existing relationship between the firms, who have been working together since 2012 and refer work when clients require advice on cross-jurisdictional matters

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty

Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti to speak at Birmingham Law Society event

A qualified barrister, Ms Chakrabarti was a panel member for the Leveson Inquiry, the judicial inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the UK press, which focused on the phone hacking scandal

Ian Dove QC from No5 Chambers, who is set to become a High Court Judge

No5 Chambers silk set to become High Court Judge

Described by Legal 500 as "an excellent strategist and advocate", Mr Dove QC was called to the Bar in 1986

Chord Investments' St Paul's Place mixed-use scheme in the Jewellery Quarter

Shoosmiths advises Chord Investments on St Paul's Place deal

The Jewellery Quarter scheme combines 148 apartments and a substantial commercial office space off St Paul's Square

Karen Palmer with Meridian partner Philip Harrison

Practice manager joins Meridian Private Client

Karen Palmer joins after more than 30 years as a personal assistant of which 15 years were spent in the legal sector at Wragge & Co

Solicitor Kamran Malik who has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Birmingham solicitor struck off for mortgage fraud

Kamran Malik was jailed in February for property fraud offences and has now been barred from practicing by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Barristers from St Ives Chambers using Twitter to promote the chambers' profile. Kevin Saunders is on his iPad

Pupils voted in to join St Ives Chambers

Mr Douglas-Jones and Mr Harrill are the latest additions to St Ives, which is now made up of 64 full-time tenants and six door tenants

Alison Hancock and Emma Shipp of SGH Martineau

Partner promotion at SGH Martineau

Alison Hancock, a chartered legal executive who joined the firm in 2003, is a litigator working in the leisure and retail sector, and represents a wide range of clients in court most weeks

New trainees at law firm Higgs & Sons (from left) Sarah Bryan, Patrick O'Connor, Iyanu Onalaja, Joanna Parker (HR director), Helena Flavell (HR manager), Hannah Bollard, Mike Wong and Natalie Marsden

Higgs & Sons boosts payroll with trainee hires

Six new faces join Black Country law firm which boasts half of its current partners from its in-house training scheme

Richard Sykes, employment partner at the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve

Mills & Reeve reappointed to legal panel of London Universities Purchasing Consortium

LUPC is a professional purchasing organisation that acts on behalf of over 60 member institutions made up of universities and colleges as well as government agencies, research organisations and museums and other cultural establishments

Stephen Hughes

Former city council chief executive Stephen Hughes joins Bevan Brittan

Mr Hughes, who is recognised as one of the country's leading experts on public services finance and reform, will be working with Bevan Brittan on a number of areas

Legal services manager at Browne Jacobson, Sally Swift

Browne Jacobson helps spearhead law apprenticeships

Specialists at the firm have been working with the Department for Business and Department of Education on the Trailblazers Apprenticeship in Law initiative

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Major Birmingham property portfolio the Great Charles Street Estate put up for sale

Michael Buble on stage in concert at the NIA in March

Michael Bublé to perform as NIA renamed the Barclaycard Arena

Birmingham Post Business Awards

Deadline extended for Birmingham Post Business Awards 2014

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