Appointments: Ul-Haq becomes partner as Deloitte promotes; Irwin Mitchell & more

ACCOUNTANTS and business advisers Deloitte has promoted seven staff including Aziz Ul-Haq, who has been made partner in its North West corporate finance team.

The six new directors are: Dan Wright (transaction services); Tim Grogan and Giles Murphy (both audit); Callum Robertson (Deloitte Real Estate); and Kelly Sutton and Ed Gibson (both corporate tax).

North West senior partner Pat Loftus said: The promotions demonstrate the range of talent in the North West practice and are testament to our continued investment in our people. We are committed to continually enhancing the breadth and depth of expertise we offer our clients.  

“Our research shows that optimism is returning and the investment in talent we are making today will help us support our clients cut through the uncertainty and generate growth in their businesses.”

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FAST-growing national law firm Irwin Mitchell has boosted its family department in Manchester with two new partner hires.

The newcomers are international child disputes expert Louise Halford, pictured,Louise Halford who was previously with Pannone, and Lancashire-born Fiona Turner, a specialist high net worth family lawyer who joins after 15 years at niche practices in London.
 
Martin Loxley, head of the national family law team at Irwin Mitchell, said: “The vision of the family team is to be the leading firm in complex relationship breakdown in the UK. It means we are constantly looking to build our existing teams and recruit individuals who will add to the quality of service to our clients.”

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THE Manchester office PR agency, Weber Shandwick, has made three new hires on the back of strong recent growth.

Account managers, Dawn Hesketh and Jenni Bamford join from Manchester’s Jam PR and Havas PR, while account executive Natalie Willey was previously with Brazen.

The agency expects first half profits for 2013  to top last year’s figure by 28%.

Colin Byrne, chief executive of Weber Shandwick in the UK and Europe, said: “Even in this tough economic climate, our Manchester office continues to smash its own records and outperform most of our other offices in Europe.”

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MANCHESTER legal headhunter Douglas Scott has made three appointments, strengthening its teams in Liverpool and Leeds as well as in its home city.

The firm has appointed Sholeh Alemi as a legal recruitment consultant. Working alongside Yorkshire managing consultant Joanne Wilkinson she will focus on litigation personal injury roles. Laura Shepherd has joined the Liverpool branch, while Leehana Walker will provide additional business and administrative support across the group and will be based in Manchester.

Managing director Kath Riley said: “These appointments have been made at a key time for Douglas Scott. We’ve been building a larger client base all over the UK and in response we’ll be making further appointments in our new London office very soon.”

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SELLICK Partnership, the Manchester-based finance and legal recruiter has promoted Amy Bullock and Nikki Graham as associate directors.
 
Both women have held management roles within the business since 2009, each managing their own offices in Leeds and the East Midlands respectively.  
 
Managing director, Jo Sellick, said: “This is the first ever appointment at this level within Sellick Partnership, and I am delighted that Amy and Nikki have been recognised for their diligence and commitment to the business. As a growing organisation, we pride ourselves on the career progression that we offer our employees and the training that supports it.”