Movers & Shakers

Who's doing what and where...

20 November 2015

Hugh James - Law firm Hugh James has appointed Erica Westerman as a new partner to lead its growing commercial team. Westerman joins the firm with more than a decade of experience handling commercial contracts, intellectual property and franchise arrangements for a range of local and blue-chip business clients. Read more here.





Thomas Simon - Corporate Lawyer Liz Hitchings has joined Cardiff Solicitors, Thomas Simon. Liz practised for many years in Newport as a partner at SRBlegal and more recently has been with another large Cardiff firm. Liz has wide ranging experience in corporate transactions and joins Thomas Simon to handle sales and purchases of companies and businesses and advise the firm’s growing client base on non-contentious commercial issues. Read more here.










Eversheds - Eversheds has bolstered its local government practice with the hire of a former head of legal at Cardiff City Council. Shaun Jamieson will join the firm as a Legal Director in the Cardiff office. He will assist with business development efforts in the local government sector and split his time between procurement, vires and transformation. Read more here.

HardingEvans - Newport-based law firm HardingEvans has appointed Justin Chisnall as a solicitor to its clinical negligence department, growing the team to 18. In his new role, Justin will be working on a variety of high value and complex clinical negligence cases. Read more here.

Martyn Prowel - Welsh law firm Martyn Prowel Solicitors has announced that it is relocating to new offices in Cardiff city centre after nearly 20 years at Hallinans House on Newport Road. The firm which employs 30 staff, will be moving into its new base at The Aspect, 140 Queen Street, Cardiff in November. Read more here.

13 October 2015

Watkins & Gunn - award-winning Gwent law firm, Watkins & Gunn, has strengthened its private client team with the appointment of Ashleigh Woodward to the firm’s healthcare department. More here. The firm has also strengthened its family law team with the appointment of another specialist Childcare lawyer, Jonathan Hall. Hall will help grow the family care department within the firm and has over a decade of experience in representing children and adults involved in care proceedings. More here.

17 September 2015

JA Hughes - Barry headquartered JA Hughes Solicitors, part of the QualitySolicitors Group, have announced that Craig Shipp recently joined the firm as a solicitor within the firm’s Civil Litigation Department. Shipp is seeking to become a member of both the Association of Personal Injury lawyers (APIL) and a member of the Law Society Personal injury panel. More here.

Horwich Farrelly - as it prepares to double its workforce in the city, Insurance industry specialist law firm Horwich Farrelly has relocated from Cathedral Road to new premises at Helmont House on Churchill Way. The firm established its Cardiff a base two years ago and said there has been "significant increases" in business volume from both Welsh and English based-clients. More here.

Redkite - West Wales law firm Redkite Solicitors has opened a new office in Cardiff and brought in Paul James as partner and head of company and commercial to head it up. Joining James is employment law solicitor Collette Davies, from Eversheds. Associate Louise Irvine and solicitor Catrin Reed, both of whom specialise in family law and private client work, will also be based at the new Cathedral Road premises. More here.

Peter Lynn & Partners - Expanding solicitors Peter Lynn & Partners (PLP) has acquired legal firm Ivor Evans & Benjamin (IE&B), one of Swansea’s oldest practices. IE&B, which has been in operation for nearly 140 years, has now been incorporated into PLP. All staff have been transferred and the former partners have become consultants of Peter Lynn & Partners. It takes PL&P’s number of lawyers to 30 and total staff to 58. More here.

Watkins & Gunn - with offices in Pontypool, Newport and Cardiff, Watkins & Gunn Solicitors has appointed Natalie Corten, Carys Jones and Kayleigh Wilding to assist the firm following the launch of its online legal platform, Gateway2Law. Corten joins the firm with a first class honours law degree and previous experience at New Law and Hugh James Solicitors. Jones joins the firm with experience of working for the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, Morgan Cole and Hugh James. Wilding is currently studying her LPC at the University West of England and has previously gained experience at Ty Arian Solicitors, Morgan Cole and Hugh James Solicitors. More here.

24 August 2015

Glamorgan Law - Following a highly successful expansion in Caerphilly in 2014, this year has already seen impressive growth for Glamorgan Law, with significant mergers in Cardiff and Cowbridge and a raft of internal appointments and promotions. “[T]he Glamorgan Law formula is definitely working” says Senior Partner, Peter Davies. More here.







Watkins & Gunn - the firm, which has offices in Pontypool, Newport and Cardiff, has appointed Janine Edwards as head of the property team and Linda Dack as a private client solicitor. Edwards will head up the property team which specialises in residential and commercial conveyancing across Wales and England. Dack joins the firm as a private client solicitor dealing with wills, probate, tax and trusts and recovering wrongly paid care home fees. More here.







28 July 2015

Carbon Law - With self-financing of £200k and a further grant of £325k from the Welsh Government, Commercial firm Carbon Law Partners aims to provide a brand name and support services to self-employed partners who can keep at least 70% of their billings. The grant is on condition that the firm creates 25 jobs over two years in Cardiff, including 5.5 roles by October. More.

Acuity - Cardiff law firm Acuity has boosted its banking and finance service with the recruitment of corporate finance lawyer and former Eversheds senior associate Bethan Evans. Evans has acted for a range of clearing and institutional lenders as well as sponsors and borrowers, and specialises in all general banking and security matters. More.

Clarke Willmott - Following an increase in turnover to £40m for 2014/15 and with geographical expansion part of its three year growth strategy, Clarke Willmott has recently opened an office in Cardiff. The Cardiff office will be led by partner Vicky Kells, a member of the firm’s social housing sector operation. Other team members include partners Anne Hayward and Fraser MacRae. More.

NewLaw - NewLaw chief executive Helen Molyneux has been appointed to the board of Julian Hodge Bank as a non-executive director and its subsidiary, Hodge Life Assurance Company. According to Keith James, the bank’s chairman, “[Molyneux] has an outstanding track record in business and her entrepreneurial flair will assist the bank in further developing its profile across its core activities.” More.

Gordon Dadds - Leaving national commercial firm Clarke Willmott and returning to his South Wales homeland, Mark Gray has joined Gordon Dadds as head of employment, Cardiff. Gray advises companies, organisations, senior executives and other individuals in a wide range of legal and commercial matters including sport. More.

Eversheds - Banking lawyer Jo Canning has joined the 38 strong team of Partners in Eversheds’ Cardiff office. Canning is one of 22 new partners in Eversheds’ international business and is an experienced banking lawyer with more than 15 years’ experience of working in the Cardiff business community. More.

Capital Law - Cardiff and London based law firm Capital Law has strengthened its senior team with the promotion of corporate lawyer Alys Carlton to partner. Carlton joined the corporate team as an associate in February 2014, after 11 years at Magic Circle law firm, Allen & Overy. More.

Douglas Jones Mercer - Law firm Douglas-Jones Mercer (DJM) Solicitors has strengthened its team in Swansea with four promotions and an appointment, following a period of significant growth. The firm has promoted Hana Sutherland, Natalie Thomas, Aisha Wardell and Jonathan Cudd to Associate while also welcoming new Associate Helen Van Willegen to the team. Barry Davies, director, Douglas-Jones Mercer Solicitors, said: “[We] are thrilled to promote four key employees who have made a significant impact within their teams as well as welcome Helen to the team. By rewarding our talented young lawyers, we hope to build on the firm’s success and continue to achieve sustained growth.” More.

Hugh James - Two partners are among 15 internal promotions announced by Cardiff based Hugh James. Sarah Davies becomes a partner in the clinical negligence team and Robert Phillips is now a partner heading up the property litigation team. Davies joined the firm in 2001 as a paralegal before training as a solicitor and qualifying in 2007. Phillips has been a solicitor for nearly 13 years and joined Hugh James in 2013. More.

JCP Solicitors - Matthew Owen, director and head of medical negligence at JCP Solicitors, has become a part-owner of the Swansea-headquartered firm. Owen is a member of the Law Society Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel and specialises in serious cases involving brain injury and spinal cord injury. More.

Howells - Capitalising on the significant opportunities arising from the re-emergence of the property market post-recession, Cardiff based Howells is expanding and opening a specialist conveyancing centre of excellence in Bridgend with the aim of becoming one of the top five conveyancing firms in the UK. The investment by Howells Solicitors is backed by £100,000 from the Welsh Government’s Economic Growth Fund to create 13 jobs and safeguard a further three as the company establishes a conveyancing hub. More.

Hugh James - Further strengthening its property and dispute resolution services Cardiff’s Hugh James has made three key appointments from across the Severn Bridge. Anna Bevan-Jones joins the dispute resolution team as a senior associate specialising in property dispute resolution, and will act for clients across the property sector on a wide range of matters. Lee Taylor joins as a senior associate and specialises in commercial property and real estate transactions, especially asset management and developments for public and private sector clients including NHS trusts, local authorities, house builders and commercial developers. Gareth Fortey also joins the commercial property team as a residential and commercial development specialist, with particular experience dealing with regeneration, mixed-use retail developments and student accommodation schemes. More.

18 May 2015

NewLaw - Cardiff headquartered NewLaw Solicitors has appointed Darren Pardon to the role of commercial director. Pardon’s role will involve supporting business development activities and helping to bring new partners on board as well as overseeing the supply chain management. Previously at insurance broker BGL Group, Pardon, originally from Norwich, has relocated to South Wales and will be responsible for managing new and existing relationships with key clients. More here.


Acuity - Cardiff based Acuity has boosted its banking and finance offering with the recruitment of corporate finance lawyer Bethan Evans, previously a senior associate at Eversheds. Evans has extensive experience in acting for clearing and institutional lenders including Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and Santander and brings wide-ranging experience in green energy projects. She joins partners Beverley Jones on the corporate banking side and Steve Morris in property finance. More here.

Gordon Dadds - joining from Bristol’s Clarke Willmott, former University of Wales student, Mark Gray, has returned to South Wales to join Gordon Dadds as head of employment at the firm’s Cardiff office. Gray advises companies, organisations, senior executives and other individuals in a wide range of legal and commercial matters including sport. More here.



HardingEvans - Newport based HardingEvans has strengthened its well-established clinical negligence department with the appointment of Danielle Howell as an assistant solicitor to handle cases relating to all forms of medical negligence. Howell, a native of Newport who studied law at Swansea University and Cardiff Law School, joins the firm with previous experience in high-end clinical negligence cases whilst at at another firm of solicitors in Cardiff. More here.

HardingEvans - and staying with HardingEvans, the firm has also has appointed Victoria Smithyman as a Supervising Solicitor and Ryan Barnett as a First Line Response Team Leader. With previous experience at Eversheds, New Law and Hugh James, Smithyman has many years’ experience handling personal injury claims on behalf of clients. Barnett will head up the firm’s First Response Unit where, as the first point of contact for potential clients of the firm, he will have to strike the delicate balance between asking quite detailed questions without putting people off. More here.

22 March 2015

Greenaway Scott - two former Finance Wales personnel have joined expanding corporate commercial law firm, Greenaway Scott. Peter Wright has been appointed non-executive chairman to work alongside founder and managing director Nigel Greenaway to support the firm’s continued growth strategy, which will involve future expansion into new offices along the M4 corridor.

And Gemma Davies has joined the corporate department dealing with mergers, acquisitions, management buy ins, management buy outs and private equity investments for a range of clients, specifically within the life science and healthcare, technology and pharmaceutical sectors.

Capital Law - with a wealth of experience in the energy sector, advising clients on wind, solar, tidal and waste projects, Jeremy Williams has joined Capital Law as a construction, energy and projects lawyer. Having recently worked for an international construction law firm on major infrastructure projects, including the $36bn Doha Metro rail system, Williams will focus on developing the firm’s public sector offering. Read more.

Hugh James - a lawyer who has represented victims of abuse by prominent individuals has been hired by Cardiff-based law firm Hugh James. Alan Collins is a fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and a director for the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL), and is a regular speaker on legal issues, including a recent presentation at the National Crime Agency. As a partner based at the firm’s central London office, Collins bolsters the company’s reputation in specialist personal injury cases. Read more.

Acuity - as part of its planned growth strategy, Acuity has boosted its commercial offering through the arrival of recent recruits: Claire Sharp (Insolvency), Jonathan Culley (Commercial Dispute Resolution & Construction), Claire Knowles (Employment) and Mark Summers (Corporate & Commercial). The appointments add to the firm’s existing capability of advising clients across the full spectrum of commercial needs. Read more.

NewLaw - six new trainees have been appointed to NewLaw’s expanding legal teams in Cardiff and Bristol offices. They will join the company’s existing cohort of 9 first and second year trainees. The six trainees were selected following a comprehensive interview process, which consisted of initially satisfying rigorous eligibility criteria, and then subsequently passing a legal test and impressing during a formal interview, which included a fifteen minute presentation on the topic of legal significance as well as other competency based scenarios. Read more.

Gabb & Co - with offices in Abergavenny and Crickhowell, Gabb & Co has strengthened its position as one of Wales’s leading law firms by recruiting agricultural law specialist, Anthony Mears. Mears becomes the sixth member of the firm’s property team which enjoys a strong reputation in advising the farming, land-owning and rural communities in Mid and South Wales and in the border counties and further afield. Before qualifying as a solicitor Mears spent 18 years running a beef, sheep and arable enterprise and continues to farm sheep on a part-time basis near his home in Brecon. Read more.

QualitySolicitors Rubin Lewis O'Brien - After growing up in Cwmbran, Victoria Morgan has now been appointed the new head of residential conveyancing at QualitySolicitors Rubin Lewis O'Brien which is based in the town. The firm hopes to increase the growth of its residential conveyancing department, taking advantage of the strong leadership that Mrs Morgan brings to the team. Read more.

Howells - with a proven track record of writing and implementing new software and systems for law firms, Sarah Pomeroy has joined Cardiff’s Howells Solicitors to manage a large IT investment upgrade programme across the firm’s network of six offices. The programme includes the implementation of a new practice management system, IT and phone infrastructure, developing systems to enable the law firm to move towards a paperless environment, and maximising opportunities presented by cloud software. Read more.

16 February 2015

Glamorgan Law – Following its highly successful ventures in Pontypridd, Cowbridge and Caerphilly, Glamorgan Law, the rapidly growing South Wales legal firm, has expanded its operation in Cardiff by merging with one of the city’s leading private client and property firms, Freed & Co. More here.

Convey Law - Newport-based conveyancing specialists Convey Law is celebrating its 10th year in business in 2015. The firm, which acts for both private and corporate clients, is one of the largest specialist legal conveyancing companies in the UK and its legal team completed over 5,000 transactions last year. More here.

Darwin Gray - South Wales commercial law firm Darwin Gray has made several key promotions and appointments. Donald Gray, partner at Darwin Gray LLP, said: “These key promotions and appointments consolidate our highly regarded team of lawyers and enable us to continue servicing our clients’ legal requirements in all respects.” More here.

Hutchinson Thomas – As part of a 12-month period of employment creation and expansion for Neath based Hutchinson Thomas, Solicitors, has made 4 new appointments to further enhance the range of services it offers to clients throughout the country. Hutchinson Thomas is one of the largest independent legal firms in south and west Wales with clients drawn from across England and Wales. More here.

Berry Smith - Commercial law firm Berry Smith has appointed a senior consultant, two associates and a new trainee solicitor to its Cardiff practice. Alison Hoy, chief executive at Berry Smith, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Philiip, Rashmi, Owen and Catrin to the business. 2014 was a bumper year for Berry Smith, with a great deal of business coming from both existing clients and new business resulting in a 20% growth in turnover.” More here.

27 January 2015

Le Gros - Cardiff based property specialists, Le Gros Solicitors, have announced the appointment of three new starters with the firm. Eurliw Burns joins as a Partner after 16 years working with Eversheds, Mary Cocchiara also joins from Eversheds after spending 13 years with the firm and Gill Hogan has joined to assist with office management issues as well as supporting fee earners with their day to day files. More info.

Mary, Eurliw, Claudia and Gill

Gabb & Co - as one of Wales’ longest established firms of solicitors, Gabb & Co, with offices in Abergavenny and Crickhowell is continuing to expand with the appointment of three new lawyers. Anneli Jones and Kate Horsey join the firm’s busy property and private client teams and Laura Carr joins as a trainee solicitor. More info.

Watkins & Gunn - with offices in Newport, Pontypool and Cardiff, Watkins & Gunn has promoted two solicitors to partner. Personal injury and employment law specialist, Lisa Guscott, joined Watkins & Gunn in 2003 after working at the firm during her studies. Lindsay Tasker joined the firm in 2008 and has built up extensive experience in all areas of family law, particularly acting for victims of domestic abuse, including Children Act proceedings. More info.

QualitySolicitors Rubin Lewis O’Brien - previously head of relationships and fundraising management at the University of Wales, Penny Jarman has been appointed business development officer at Cwmbran-based solicitors, QualitySolicitors Rubin Lewis O’Brien. Penny will provide marketing support, co-ordination and business development opportunities to the partners of the firm. More info.

Peter Lynn and Partners - continuing expansion in South Wales, Peter Lynn and Partners have announced the appointment of three new lawyers: solicitor Mayda Thomas, legal executive Samantha Kiley and trainee solicitor Gregg George. According to the firm, “The three appointments just go to reflect our growth in both size and reputation as a diverse legal practice packed full of expertise.’’ More info.

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