People: Law firm makes host of hires; Hotel appoints general manager ahead of grand opening; and more

Dispute resolution law specialist Ellie Crofts is one of six new hires at West Midlands law firm Lodders.

A property litigation specialist, Crofts joins as associate in Lodders’ dispute resolution practice, which is led by partner Jane Senior.

The firm has also made appointments in its real estate, private client, corporate and commercial, and family law teams.

Crofts joins Lodders from Wright Hassall, Leamington Spa, where she worked for 14 years and was most recently a property litigation associate solicitor. At Lodders, she will handle all property related issues, including beneficial interest claims, service charge disputes, lease extensions, and commercial landlord and tenant matters.

Meanwhile, Priscilla Macleod joins as a solicitor in the firm’s real estate practice, which is one of the largest in the Midlands with 30 specialist real estate, commercial property, planning, construction and highways legal experts.

Previously at Thomas Legal, Gloucester, at Lodders she will specialise in residential and commercial property law, including landlord and tenant matters, acquisitions and disposals, and property development work.

Affiliate STEP member Alexia Haines joins as a solicitor in Lodder’s private client practice from Gateley in, Birmingham. Based at the firm’s Stratford upon Avon office, she specialises in the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, and estate administration.

Lodders’ other new hires are Katie Mann, who joins as a trainee solicitor with her first seat in the private client practice, Matthew Harris as a paralegal in the corporate and commercial team, and Kate Farrelly as a paralegal in the family law team.

Lodders managing partner Paul Mourton said: “The firm has seen sustained growth in work across the board, and an increase in client instructions as a result. Our latest high-calibre appointments support our strategy and ambition to become the law firm of choice in the Midlands and South West, and our commitment to developing the next generation of legal experts. Each of these latest appointments will strengthen and add value to our high quality client service offering.”


Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon, formerly The Falcon Hotel, has appointed a general manager ahead of its opening next month.

Carl Davies-Phillips joins from InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) where he was general manager of Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport. He has worked in the hotel industry since he was 16 years old and previously worked for hotel brands including Marriott, Mercure, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express.

Kerry-Ann Markham has also been appointed as director of sales. Previously she spent a year in a regional role at Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express in the South West.

For the last two years the hotel has undergone a multimillion-pound restoration project.