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Ian Hyde, from Pinsent Masons, who has been appointed as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal

Pinsent Masons' partner Ian Hyde to become tribunal judge

Ian Hyde will be a ‘fee-paid’ judge, meaning he will sit on a part time basis, and will take up the position later this year

Meridian Private Client appoints two solicitors

Liliana Mahon (left) and Vicki Bennett who have joined Meridian Private Client
Vicki Bennett joins from West Midlands-based Higgs & Sons whilst Liliana Mahon has moved from Shoosmiths

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co appoints new director of human resources

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co's HR director Chris Oglethorpe
Chris Oglethorpe joins from Royal Bank of Scotland, where he held various senior positions, including HR director of the new Williams & Glyn bank

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Ian Hyde, from Pinsent Masons, who has been appointed as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal

Pinsent Masons' partner Ian Hyde to become tribunal judge

Ian Hyde will be a ‘fee-paid’ judge, meaning he will sit on a part time basis, and will take up the position later this year

Liliana Mahon (left) and Vicki Bennett who have joined Meridian Private Client

Meridian Private Client appoints two solicitors

Vicki Bennett joins from West Midlands-based Higgs & Sons whilst Liliana Mahon has moved from Shoosmiths

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co's HR director Chris Oglethorpe

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co appoints new director of human resources

Chris Oglethorpe joins from Royal Bank of Scotland, where he held various senior positions, including HR director of the new Williams & Glyn bank

Paul Wilson and Andy Raynor from Shakespeares

Andy Raynor to take over from Paul Wilson as Shakespeares' chief

Mr Wilson, who will be replaced as Shakespeares’ chief executive by the firm’s chief client officer Andy Raynor, is moving to Toronto to become managing director of Canadian law firm Smart & Biggar

Nick Dawson, corporate partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office

Irwin Mitchell advises Redditch pharmaceutical firm Lexon on Norchem acquisition

The family-run business, which has a turnover of £150 million and employs over 400 members of staff, purchased the Norchem group of companies for an undisclosed sum

Martino Giaquinto, a construction litigation partner at Mills & Reeve's Birmingham office

Mills & Reeve lands client satisfaction accolade

Two partners from the firm’s Birmingham office – Richard Santy, an employment specialist, and Martino Giaquinto, a construction litigation expert – were among four partners from across the practice singled out in the survey

Rob Laugharne, senior associate in Irwin Mitchell’s corporate team

Irwin Mitchell's corporate team advises SCIO Health Analytics on Data Intelligence deal

SCIO is a health analytics solutions company and its purchase of Data Intelligence, a Slough-based provider of business intelligence services to pharmaceutical sales and marketing departments, extends its footprint in the life sciences marketplace

Nageena Khalique, head of the public law group at No5 Chambers

No5 Chambers' barrister Nageena Khalique to become a QC

Ms Khalique is head of the public law group at No5, and her appointment takes the number of silks at the set to 28

Jagdeep Kitaure-Kandola and Lucky Mahal, who have been appointed by QualitySolicitors Talbots

QualitySolicitors Talbots aims to grow property work with two solicitor appointments

The law firm, which hit a record £7.5 million turnover in 2014, has signed-up sister-in-laws Jagdeep Kitaure-Kandola and Lucky Mahal to boost a division of the business that saw a 15 per cent rise in transactions in the last year

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co team advises Primrose Solar on two key deals

The first deal concerned the £29 million refinancing of a group of solar parks, with operational sites are in Glamorgan, Norfolk and Dorset

Diana Mainwaring, Shirley Rabbetts, Caroline Irvine and Vangeya Mhone from Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Two recruits join the ranks at Harrison Clark Rickerbys

The firm’s residential property department has welcomed newly-qualified Solicitor, Vangeya Mhone, and Diana Mainwaring has also joined the firm’s private client department

SGH Martineau partner Bill Barker

SGH Martineau transatlantic delegation seals US deals

The meetings, organised in association with three US law firms, were designed to explain the benefits of setting up or acquiring a business in the UK, whilst addressing specific areas of concern for clients and prospects of the three firms

Mills & Reeve partner Peter McLintock

Mills & Reeve advises Life on sale to Communisis

Mills & Reeve’s corporate team in Birmingham, led by partner Peter McLintock and supported by senior associate Ryan Hawley, advised the principal vendors, David Poole and Ian Humphris, co-founders and managing directors of Life, on the sale

Stephen George, who is joining Irwin Mitchell as restructuring and insolvency partner

Irwin Mitchell appoints Stephen George as restructuring and insolvency partner

Mr George joins from Squire Sanders in Birmingham and brings experience in all aspects of insolvency, corporate recovery and turnaround work

Tina Chander and Dean Parnell

New associate joins Sydney Mitchell's employment team

Ms Chander joins from Martin Kaye in Telford where she managed the employment tribunal division and was the primary adviser for a number of large organisations.

Michael Payne and Jennifer Hicks-Jones from mfg Solicitors

Associate hire boosts mfg Solicitors' commercial property team

Jennifer Hicks-Jones has joined as an associate after spending 10 years at Birmingham-based Eversheds where she worked as a commercial law expert - advising on property-related matters in the pub, retail and industrial sectors

The FBC Manby Bowdler Choir

Choir showcases singing talents at FBC Manby Bowdler

Staff have been swapping their legal briefs for song sheets in a move echoing the workplace ensembles created by Gareth Malone in the BAFTA-award-winning BBC TV series The Choir

The former offices of Blakemores and Lawyers2You

Collapsed law firm Blakemores gave staff 30 minutes to leave office

Tribunal hears about firm's final moments as 30 former staff win payouts from the Government because they received so little warning

Sarah Nash, Lesley Davis, Michael Brown and Sarah Wood from SGH Martineau

Trio of hires boosts private client team at SGH Martineau

Sarah Wood who has been with the firm for 15 years has been promoted from associate to senior associate and Michael Brown, with 17 years under his belt at the firm, has been promoted to associate

Eileen Rock (Birmingham Women's Hospital), Karen Moores (Sydney Mitchell), Diane Watt (Maria Watt Foundation)

Sydney Mitchell's fundraising efforts reach £5,500

Sydney Mitchell handed over cheques for £2,750 to Diane Watt of the Maria Watt Foundation and Eileen Rock of the Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity

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Works starts on Harrison Drape regeneration

Cadbury factory in Bournville

Cadbury progress under Mondelez should give other Midlands firms confidence

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