Midland law firm MFG Solicitors has announced a string of partner and associate promotions.

Kidderminster-based Kirsten Bridgewater has been promoted to partner within the litigation division at MFG Solicitors.

Head of the rural disputes team, property-litigation specialist Ms Bridgewater joined MFG in 2007 and advises rural and commercial clients on a wide range of property disputes and agricultural matters.

The employment division’s Amanda Pillinger, who joined the firm in 2009, has also been promoted to partner. Ms Pillinger is an expert in employment matters and advises businesses and individuals on their employment obligations and rights.

Additionally, solicitors Sam Pedley and Neil Harrison have been promoted to associates within the litigation and rural affairs teams respectively.

Having trained with the firm, Mr Pedley joined the litigation team when he qualified in 2009 and has become a specialist in a wide variety of commercial, insolvency, debt recovery and professional negligence matters – working with both private individuals and large organisations. He is based at the firm’s Kidderminster office.

Mr Harrison, who is into his sixth year with the firm, is a rural affairs expert and deals with farm and landed estate matters including land sales, acquisitions, farm business tenancies and undertaking large-scale Land Registry applications. He is based at MFG’s Worcester office.

MFG has also announced the appointment of assistant solicitor Elanya Smith to the agriculture and rural affairs team. Based in Worcester, Ms Smith joins from Stoke-on-Trent firm Beswicks Solicitors.

Maynard Burton, partner and chairman at the Midland firm, said: “These latest appointments here at MFG Solicitors are fully deserved and underline the strength of talent we have. We continue to grow across all divisions and are building a team for our future.”