On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Layla Babadi

Derby-based law firm Nelsons has promoted two employees from its family and residential conveyancing departments to legal director and senior associate respectively.

Layla Babadi and Rachel Maxwell have collectively worked at Nelsons for eight years.

Rachel Maxwell

Specialist family solicitor Babadi, who joined Nelsons following the acquisition of Moody and Woolley in 2015, has been practising family law since 2005. She has a specialism in international divorce cases and leads the family law team in Derby, which advises on divorce and separation.

Maxwell joined Nelsons in 2017, where she specialises in residential conveyancing matters, including freehold and leasehold property sales and purchases.

Nelsons’ chief executive Stewart Vandermark said: “Layla and Rachel are extremely deserving of their promotions and are both fantastic members of the Nelsons team. Their stories highlight the development opportunities available for our employees and I am delighted to be able to congratulate Rachel on her promotion to senior associate and Layla on becoming a legal director.”

Bryanie Geehan and Steve Clayton

Nottingham-based Acres Architects have added two more members of staff.

Steve Clayton has joined as a video and animation specialist. He will be responsible for creating a host of digital assets including motion graphics, corporate videos, interviews and animations.

Bryanie Geehan takes up the role of studio manager and will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the studio and support of the firm’s production team.

Managing director Edward Acres said: “I’m very pleased to announce more additions to our business, it’s a sign of our ongoing success that we continue to add to the team. We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of projects this year and to cope with this I’m very happy that Steve and Bryanie have joined us. I have no doubt that their experience and skills will be a huge benefit to our clients and help to further improve the experience they have with us.”