People on the move: Irwin Mitchell; Anthony Philip James; Brown Shipley; dt3; Assetz Capital; Napthens

Jessica Greenhalgh, left, and Anamika Pandey

The Manchester office of law firm Irwin Mitchell has boosted its corporate and tax teams with the appointment of Anamika Pandey and Jessica Greenhalgh.

Corporate solicitor Jessica Greenhalgh moves to Irwin Mitchell from Davis Blank Furniss in Manchester. Jessica has a broad range of corporate law experience which includes advising on company M&A, restructuring, shareholder agreements and commercial contracts.

Anamika Pandey joins as a tax solicitor from Addleshaw Goddard. She has three years of experience in tax advisory work, and her arrival marks the first appointment to the firm’s national tax practice since the arrival of partner Sarah Cardew in September 2017.

In December, Irwin Mitchell launched its corporate team in Manchester with the appointment of two partners, Victoria Zivkovic and Adam Kaucher.

Commenting on the new arrivals to the team corporate partner Adam Kaucher said: “We’re committed to growing our corporate offering here in the city and I’m confident both will be an asset to the team and to our national practice, and ensure we continue to provide first-class advice to clients.”

Tax partner Sarah Cardew said: “I am delighted to welcome Anamika as our first recruit as we grow a national tax practice at Irwin Mitchell. These are exciting times as we provide tax support to our colleagues nationwide, as well as building a standalone tax practice.

“I look forward to working with Anamika. Her experience and expertise will be a valuable asset to the tax offering at Irwin Mitchell.”

Last month Irwin Mitchell completed its move to 1 St Peter’s Square in Manchester. The firm signed a 15-year lease for 33,300 sq ft of office space earlier this year and it now occupies one and a half floors within the 13-storey building.


Financial mis-selling solicitors Anthony Philip James & Co (APJ) has appointed two new senior lawyers.

Anthony Wilson has joined the specialist financial litigation firm as managing director, bringing decades of management and leadership experience from roles within companies including Co-operative Legal Services, 2020 Legal Limited and Hill Dickinson Solicitors.

Anthony Wilson

For the past 20 years Anthony has operated at various levels in a variety of legal roles and has nine years’ experience in department and company leadership. He joins APJ from his most recent role as managing partner at Lysander Law Limited.

Anthony said: “APJ is transitioning through a period of incredible growth, significant industry recognition combined with the acquisition of a team of expert solicitors that reinforces the firm’s niche area of expertise.

“I’ve joined the firm at a very exciting and challenging time and we continue to fight for those who have been the victim of negligent financial advice. I’m thrilled to be able to keep driving the firm forward to continue its success.”

Anthony is also joined by Sara Robertson, as practice manager.

Sara Robertson

Sara joins APJ from WR Legal Consultants, where she held a position as director for four years. She has more than a decade of experience in the field and has excelled in leading departments to deliver the best customer-focused service to clients.

Sara will oversee APJ’s team of expert solicitors to ensure a high quality of customer service for all clients.

She said: “I take pride in my team’s collective high performance, and I can’t wait to bring the same energy to APJ. We’ll be looking to achieve the best results possible during this period of growth, as individuals and as a team.”

APJ has grown rapidly in the past 12 months, from a team of 12 to more than 40. The firm is currently recruiting for a number of other roles including pension solicitors and trainee solicitors.


Brown Shipley, experts in wealth planning, investment management and lending, is pleased to announce the addition of a new client manager to its lending team.

Daniel Porteous joins the Manchester office as the business continues to bolster its lending expertise as part of its fully integrated wealth management strategy. Alongside client director, Paul Spann, he will also offer support to the Leeds team as part of his new role.

With more than 10 years’ of private banking experience Daniel specialises in providing clients with tailored lending solutions looking at their specific circumstances to assess complex financial arrangements.

He joins directly from Handelsbanken where he was an individual banking manager overseeing a portfolio of high net worth clients.

Prior to this he was a private banker at Coutts, as well as spending time as a business banking assistant at NatWest and RBS.

Daniel joins the business following the appointment of Richard Stubbs, head of lending, in March last year.

Mr Stubbs said: “I am delighted to welcome Daniel to our lending team.

“The lending arm of the business is an integral part of Brown Shipley’s fully integrated wealth management proposition and his experience will continue to bolster our expertise in this area.”

Mr Porteous added: “I am excited to be joining Brown Shipley particularly at this exciting time of growth for the business. I look forward to working with the team to continue to offer a comprehensive service to clients providing them with tailored, personalised and flexible lending solutions to suit their widespread needs.”

Brown Shipley’s lending services are available to clients who already have wealth management accounts with the firm or are in the process of opening one. The minimum wealth management account to be eligible for lending is £500,000 invested.


Jamie Campbell, co-founder of Runcorn-based d3t, has been appointed engineering service line director of the international technical services provider, Keywords Studios.

Jamie, who co-founded d3t with Stephen Powell in 2011, will oversee all aspects of software engineering across the Keywords family of studios, directing their global teams to deliver a best-of-class service.

As d3t’s commercial director, Jamie was responsible for driving the company’s growth before it was acquired by Keywords Studios in October 2017.

Jamie Campbell

From a start-up team of three, d3t now employs 50 highly-skilled software engineers.

Counting household names like SEGA and BBC among its repeat clients, d3t has worked on high-profile games such as the multi-award winning The Witcher III and Shenmue.

Richard Badger, d3t studio head, said: “We offer our warmest congratulations to Jamie as he takes up his new post as engineering service line director.

“As co-founder Jamie has been absolutely pivotal in the success of d3t and he will be missed by the whole of the d3t team.

“However, Jamie’s appointment marks a really exciting chapter for the Keywords engineering service line and we’re looking at a great future.”


Assetz Capital has appointed Jake Hiskett as senior relationship manager in the North West as it looks to bolster its team in the region.

Jake joins the company from RBS, where he spent five years as a commercial manager across the North West.

In his role Jake was responsible for handling requests from new clients, as well as looking after a portfolio of businesses including shops, hotels and farms.

Prior to this, Jake worked at Lloyds Bank for five years as a bank manager in East London. He initially joined Lloyds as part of a graduate scheme.

Jake Hiskett

At Assetz Capital Jake will join the growing team in the North West and will be situated at Assetz House in Manchester.

In his role as senior relationship manager Jake will deal with finance requests and facilitate deals for clients and new customers.

He said: “It’s an exciting time to be joining Assetz Capital. The firm has expanded rapidly on a national scale with offices in Scotland and Northern Ireland, making it one of the biggest players in the alternative lending space.

“I’m looking forward to settling in to my role and supporting the North West’s ambitious business owners and property developers.”

Stuart Law, chief executive of Assetz Capital, said: “As businesses continue to look to alternative finance for funding, we have seen an influx of enquiries over the last few months.

“It is important that we continue to bolster the Assetz Capital team so we can continue to serve these businesses, and with this in mind, I’m happy to welcome Jake to the team.

“He has a wealth of experience in the commercial lending space, and has a great understanding of the North West economy.”


Regional law firm Napthens is continuing its growth with the appointment of a residential property specialist at its Blackpool & Fylde office.

Solicitor Rebecca Hardee specialises in residential property conveyancing, handling a full range of property transactions.

Before taking up her new role with Napthens, she trained as a solicitor in London before spending time working in Wales including as a head of department.

Rebecca’s appointment is the latest growth announced by the firm, which earlier this year opened its first office in Liverpool, and welcomed a record intake of trainees.

Martin Long, partner and head of Napthens’ Blackpool & Fylde office, said: “Rebecca’s appointment will play a key role in strengthening our residential property services available here on the Fylde.

“She brings a wealth of experience with her to the team, and comes at a time when Napthens is growing across the region.”

Rebecca Hardee