On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

The Leicester office of law firm Freeths has appointed five new members of staff.

Bolstering the commercial litigation team are Emma Anderson who joins as a director and Victoria Jones as an associate. Anderson, who originally trained in London, is well-known in the local business and legal community having worked for Harvey Ingram/Shakespeare Martineau for over 20 years.

Jones has spent the past four years as a freelance professional support lawyer working for law firms and legal publishers including LexisNexis, specialising in commercial litigation and property litigation content. Prior to that, she was a professional support lawyer at Harvey Ingram.

Victoria Teece, who trained in house at a local authority, joins as a planning and environmental solicitor. She is known for local government litigation and advice, acting as the advocate in both the Magistrates’ Courts and County Courts in a range of proceedings including prosecutions, enforcement action, injunctions and possessions.

Andrew Spiers joins as a corporate solicitor. Having trained at another Leicester firm, he will support the corporate partners on a wide spectrum of work, including mergers, acquisitions, banking and finance work.

Jodie Blowfield also joins the office as a client relationship manager, following a career providing Executive Support to the leaders of both of Leicester’s universities. She will support lawyers on their larger clients to ensure the firm continue to deliver the best service.

Mukesh Patel, managing partner of the Leicester office, said: “2016 saw Freeths mark our most successful financial year to date, with the Leicester office celebrating a growth in staff numbers of 18%. We have continued to invest in our staff and resources to ensure we offer top class legal services to our clients, and I welcome everyone to the team.”

East Midlands property consultancy Innes England has appointed Dave Seymour as an assistant building surveyor.

He joins the firm’s building consultancy team with a strong practical background, as well as experience at a multi-disciplinary surveying practice where he specialised in residential properties.

Seymour said: “Innes England is a well-known and respected company in the Midlands and I am really looking forward to broadening my knowledge here. In my new role, I will be able to gain invaluable experience, especially as I have made the jump from residential to commercial property.”

Seymour joined the property sector after graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2015 with a master’s degree in building surveying. Before this, he worked as a joiner for over eight years, working in both the private and public sectors.

He will be based at the firm’s Nottingham office.

Dave Seymour

Dave Seymour

Seymour said: “I have experience of both joinery and residential property, so I am really looking forward to bringing a unique skillset to my work and the wider team. Everyone at Innes England is very supportive, which is reassuring for me as I plan to sit my APC very soon.”

Mike Thorne, director and head of building consultancy at Innes England, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dave to the team.

“With his varied career, he is a valuable addition to the team and will bring a fresh outlook to our approach.”