The Birmingham office of Pinsent Masons has announced nine promotions.

New partner promotions at Pinsent Masons’ Birmingham office include Neil Black and Nick Stones (financial institutions & human capital) and Edward Stead (corporate).

Mr Stead, who will split his time between Birmingham and London, is a corporate lawyer who focuses on advising private companies and private equity houses in relation to M&A and buy out transactions.

He has wide experience of international transactions, including advising MML Capital Partners on the recent sale of the Frontier Medex Group to US corporate, the United Health Corporation.

Mr Black has extensive experience of advising on all aspects of UK employment law both contentious and non-contentious and is a seasoned tribunal advocate.

He is also experienced in advising in respect of large scale changes to terms and conditions of employment and post-acquisition HR integration.

Mr Stones specialises in pensions and advises corporate sponsors and trustees of pension schemes. He also has experience in the public sector acting for contractors, central and local government and has also built up an increasing presence in advising charitable and not for profit organisations on managing pension risks.

Promotions to the role of legal director include Helen Corden (financial institutions & human capital), Tom Eastwood (property) and John Skelton (strategic business services).

Oliver Mangiapane (projects & transactional services) and Amy Procter (competition) have both been promoted to senior associate.

Chris Hopkins (Litigation & Arbitration) has been promoted to Associate.