People: Law firm boosts Birmingham presence; Colliers makes raft of promotions; and more

Esther Maxwell

Stone King has strengthened its presence in Birmingham with two key appointments.

The firm has welcomes senior associates Esther Maxwell and Charlotte Melhuish to its education team. Both will join Stone King in May from Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

Maxwell originally practised as an employment lawyer before broadening into education law. At Stone King she will advise schools on a range of matters including academy conversions and transfers, safeguarding and special educational needs (SEND) pupils.

Melhuish is a specialist education solicitor with particular expertise in SEND and safeguarding issues for independent schools and academies. She has built up her education experience at firms including Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Darbys Solicitors (now Knights) and latterly at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, as well as through her role as a school governor.

Steven Greenwood, managing partner at Stone King, says: “We are very pleased to welcome Esther Maxwell and Charlotte Melhuish to our Education Team, their proven expertise in the sector will be a great asset in our multi-disciplinary education sector team in Birmingham. Their appointment is also part of our strategy to expand in Birmingham and the West Midlands, showing our commitment to the region and reaffirming our position as national leaders in the education sector.”


Ian Walsh, Christopher Wilson, Philip Blenkinsop, David Hadley, Abel Hailaeb and Deborah Clarke.

Colliers International has announced the promotion of 49 employees across the UK and Northern Ireland, with seven of these in the Birmingham office.

Deborah Clarke in Colliers’ rating team and Ian Walsh from licensed and leisure have both been promoted to associate director. Meanwhile, Philip Blenkinsop from the automotive and roadside team alongside Adele Farell, David Hadley, Abel Hailaeb and Christopher Wilson from the rating team have been promoted to senior surveyor.

Head of Colliers’ Birmingham office, James Cubitt, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many of my Birmingham colleagues being recognised for their hard work and dedication through this year’s round of promotions. I look forward to seeing how they continue to progress within the company over the coming years.