On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Jasmine Kumar and Rachel Read-Hill

Law firm Banner Jones Solicitors has appointed Rachel Read-Hill, family law solicitor and barrister Jasmine Kumar, who joins the firm in an in-house counsel role.

Head of family law Kelly Parks said: “The last few months have been a difficult time for everyone, and particularly for families and couples who were placed under significant strain due to the lockdown, school closures, and added financial pressure.

“We have worked continuously throughout the lockdown period to help clients in need, and in doing so, we have adapted to a new virtual way of working. Clients generally prefer the phone and video appointments that we now offer and so I’m now looking forward to working collaboratively with Rachel to help widen our client reach through continued agile working.”

Kumar joins the care proceedings team in Nottingham. She will work with the team who deal with all issues surrounding the safeguarding of children within the social care system.

Vince Beckworth, head of care, said: “Jasmine’s move to Banner Jones to develop her career in the field of Children Law and Child Protection allows us to build upon our commitment to a strong advocacy team.

“Jasmine has enjoyed a successful career as an advocate in both criminal and regulatory law, and she is now looking to use her forensic skills to represent parents and families facing proceedings brought by Local Authorities and Social Care.

“Every child’s welfare is the driving force of the Banner Jones’ Care Proceedings team, which is why we have made it an absolute priority that families have been able to access advice from our expert team during the pandemic.”

Charity Children First Derby has appointed a new public relations and fundraising coordinator, Kerrie Oxford.

Oxford, a media and communications graduate and former senior account executive with local PR agency NMPR, has worked in public relations and marketing for over ten years. Her industry experience includes working as a PR officer at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and more recently as the PR officer and social media manager for Derby-based cancer charity, Annabel’s Angels.

“We’re delighted to welcome Kerrie to the team,” said Fred Jacques, chair of Children First Derby. “With her extensive PR background and previous experience of working in the charity sector, we are confident that Kerrie will help to successfully raise the profile of Children First Derby and take the lead on our various fundraising activities to support the charity’s expansion plans.”