Appointments: Squire Sanders lures Liptrott from Eversheds & more

SQUIRE Sanders, the international law firm, has lured Eversheds corporate partner Daniel Liptrott as a partner in its Manchester office.

He specialises in transactions for private and listed clients as well as advising on capital markets transactions such as IPOs and secondary issues. He has particular experience within the engineering and retail sectors.

Mr. Liptrott’s recent experience includes advising Manchester-based NCC Group on its acquisitions of iSEC Partners, Inc., SDLC Solutions and Meridian Services and listed car dealership group Lookers on its acquisition of Lomond Motors.

Jane Haxby, EMEA chair of the firm’s global corporate practice, said: “We have been looking to add to our strong corporate finance practice in Manchester, and Daniel’s background and strong local profile, together with his track record in developing close relationships with corporate clients, made him a good fit with our existing team.

“Daniel was attracted by our growing international platform and the opportunity it affords him to continue to build his practice both within and outside the UK.”

Mr Liptrott follows former colleague Hannah Kendrick, who recently joined the firm’s corporate practice as a partner in Leeds.

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LIVERPOOL law firm GT LAW has appointed Mike Hatton to lead its property division.

A non-lawyer, Mr Hatton has more than 20 years’ experience in the property sector and prior to joining GT LAW he was the MD of a digital marketing company.

GT LAW director Gordon Tucker said: “Mike’s appointment is part of our strategy to enhance our reputation as a recognised high street brand offering every aspect of legal service.

“With the significant changes to the legal landscape, it’s more important than ever before that as an industry we take steps to avoid any disconnection with the people that need us most.”

Mr Hatton will also take responsibility for growing the company’s wills & probate division.

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ARCHITECTS Cassidy + Ashton has promoted a senior team member to director and appointed another architect at its Preston office.

The firm, which also has a base in Chester, has promoted Chris Taylor to director.  He joined the practice in 2001 and qualified as an architect in 2005.

In addition, the company has appointed Shona Scales, 26, as an architect. She joins Cassidy + Ashton from a firm in Manchester and will be responsible for feasibility studies, drawing and design development and project management.