Law firm MFG Solicitors has made two new partners as part of a round of promotions.
Agriculture and rural affairs solicitor Helen Gough and wills, trusts and power of attorney specialist Janna Vigar have both joined the partnership at the West Midlands practice.
Ms Gough joined the firm in 2014 and has played a key role in expanding the firm’s farming and rural business client base while Ms Vigar has been a member of its private client division since 2015.
Seven solicitors have also been promoted to senior associate level.
They are Alexandra Phillips (farming and rural affairs), Ben Rothery and Rhiannon Clark (commercial property), Andrew Chandler (wills and trusts), Rupinder Nandra (family and child care), Gill Browne (attorney and court of protection) and Sally Smith (private client).
Making up the promotions are Hannah Taylor and Poonam Barnes who become associates in the rural affairs and civil litigation teams respectively.
Maynard Burton, partner and chairman of MFG Solicitors, said: “These are difficult and challenging times for all businesses so I am delighted to announce these promotions in such a wide variety of specialisms.
“Helen and Janna have been with the firm now for several years and continue to impress and support clients consistently with their breadth of advice and experience.”
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Birmingham Law Society has appointed Dee Kundi as its new chairwoman.
Ms Kundi is a commercial litigation partner with VWV and will lead the body which represents more than 5,000 legal professionals across over 100 regional practices.
Based in VWV’s Birmingham office, she heads up its debt recovery department, advising universities, financial institutions and businesses on all aspects of managing their debt portfolio including litigation, debt collection and recovery services.
She was elected as a council member of the law society in 2015 and 12 months later became the first Asian woman to join its board.
Ms Kundi said: “I hope that I can do this role justice by taking the lead of the board for the society and push forward our objectives, strategy and opportunities.
“We are working through unprecedented times where we all need to work together effectively.
“Another step in breaking through those glass ceilings. I look forward to working more closely with the board and supporting our membership.”
Birmingham-based Unity Trust Bank has strengthened its Midlands presence with the appointment of a new regional director.
James Whitaker joins the bank after 13 years with Barclays where he was director for high growth and entrepreneurship and regional head of SME for business banking, responsible in both roles for supporting innovative high growth businesses.
He will head up a team of relationship managers at the independent bank which supports organisations across the UK that are socially responsible.
Law firm Gowling WLG has appointed two new partners in its Birmingham office.
Property litigation specialist Paul Barker has almost two decades of commercial property dispute resolution experience, with particular expertise in development related disputes and retail property matters.
He has worked on several high-profile, anti-trespass and protestor matters and is also chairman of the region for the Property Litigation Association.
Mr Barker returns to Gowling WLG, where he previously worked for 12 years, after time as a partner at Higgs & Sons.
Also joining the firm is Sarah Riding in the commercial team.
She has more than 17 years of experience both in-house and in private practice, advising on a range of deal-driven commercial arrangements.
This includes supply chain management, routes to market and outsourcing, together with more niche areas including sport.
Ms Riding was previously head of the commercial team at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office, where she played a key role in developing the national commercial practice.
Al Rayan Bank has recruited a new head of conduct and compliance at its Birmingham head office.
Adrian Moore previously worked with HBoS, Bank of America, Virgin Money and most recently Income Group and brings 14years of experience in risk and regulatory compliance to the Islamic bank.
He was previously interim head of risk and compliance at Income Group.
Robert Newman has been promoted to partner in the Birmingham office of DLA Piper.
He joined DLA in 2014 and his practice focuses on equity capital markets, regularly advising clients on IPOs, secondary fundraisings and compliance.
He advises on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, corporate reorganisations and joint ventures.