Solicitors Hawkins Hatton have appointed a new corporate partner.

Richard Baizley, originally from Wolverhampton but now living in Sutton Coldfield, attended Leicester University and then Chester College of Law before qualifying as a solicitor in 1987.

Before joining Hawkins Hatton, he worked as a partner for Martineau in the firm’s Birmingham office where he held roles within the corporate and project finance teams. During his time at Martineau, Mr Baizley was involved in a number of deals both internationally and domestically including a project to install gas turbines in Kuwait and a deal to franchise a famous London Italian restaurant in the Middle East.

He also worked on a number of renewable energy schemes as well as UK corporate acquisitions in the leisure, logistics and IT sectors.

Before that he was a partner at Shakespeare’s Solicitors and earlier held positions at Edge Ellison and Foster Baxter Cooksey where he started his career as a trainee and assistant solicitor.

Colin Rodrigues, a fellow corporate partner at Hawkins Hatton, said: "Richard brings extensive experience within industry and energy sectors and will propel our growth plans as we look to further extend our services within the corporate marketplace."