Appointments: Promotions and new hires in law, finance and architecture

Hill Dickinson, Morecrofts, Simpson Millar, Brown Turner Ross, Bridging Finance Solutions and Studio RBA all announce new promotions or hires. Tony McDonough reports

Rachel Doherty
Health lawyer Rachel Doherty is promoted to legal legal director at Hill Dickinson


Liverpool law firms Hill Dickinson and Morecrofts have both unveiled a number of new promotions.

Other professional outfits including law firms Simpson Millar and Brown Turner Ross, specialist property lender Bridging Finance Solutions and architects Studio RBA have also announced new appointments.

Based at St Paul’s Square in Liverpool, Hill Dickinson has announced 11 senior promotions with 10 promoted to legal director and one promoted to senior manager. Six of the promotions are in the Liverpool office, two in London, two in Manchester and one in the Leeds office.

Those promoted to legal director in the Liverpool office include regulatory lawyer Stephen Barnfield, construction and engineering lawyer Phil Gazzola, property lawyers Jane Janvier and Tim Unwin, and health lawyer Rachel Doherty.

In London, corporate commercial lawyer Mark Wheeler and cargo and logistics lawyer Tom Turner have been promoted. In the Manchester office, promotions include property lawyer Helen Evans and commercial and professional support lawyer Moya Clifford. In the Leeds office, health lawyer Ruth Griffiths made legal director.

Emma McAvinchey-Roberts in the talent development team, based in Liverpool, has been promoted to senior manager.

Morecrofts, based at the Cotton Exchange, has promoted five fee earners at its offices across Merseyside. Private client lawyer Michael Lamb, who joined the firm 13 years ago, has been promoted to senior associate solicitor.

Family lawyer Eleanor Cockrell, litigation specialist Carly Philp and dispute resolution expert Kate Naylor, who are all based in Liverpool city centre, have each been promoted to the role of associate solicitor.

Clare Kerrigan, who specialises in family law and is based primarily at the firm’s Crosby office, has been promoted to associate chartered legal executive.

Michael Lamb
Michael Lamb has been promoted to senior associate solicitor at Morecrofts


Brown Turner Ross is growing its family law team with the appointment of new solicitor Abigail Davidson. She will be working across both the firm’s offices in Liverpool and Southport.

Abigail studied law at Liverpool John Moores University and BPP Law School and has since gained vast experience in public and private law. She specialises in all family matters and joins from Levins Solicitors.

Sarah Ryan is the new head of private practice area at law firm Simpson Millar. It includes the wills, trusts and probate team. She will continue to lead the firm’s 43-strong conveyancing division – operating across the its Liverpool, Manchester, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Southport and Lancaster offices.

Wallasey-based property lender Bridging Finance Solutions reveal that business development managers, Steve Smith and Becky Darlington, representing the East and West regions respectively, have joined the firm alongside underwriter, Nicola Vaughan.

All appointments form part of the long term BFS expansion and growth strategy, which continues to see the lender increase turnover by 30% year on year.

Studio RBA
From left, Jack Johnson, Matthew Johnson and Kenny McNaughton, new recruits at Studio RBA


Merseyside architecture practice Studio RBA is set to more than double its turnover to £400,000 in just its second year and has unveiled a trio of new appointments with two directors and a technician bringing the team to 10 permanent staff.

Jack Johnson joins as an architect director, having worked previously for A2 Architects; while Kenny McNaughton is Studio RBA’s new managing director, joining from Dutch firm Koole. The third new recruit is architectural technologist Matthew Johnson, joining from L7 Architects.

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