People: Pannone Corporate; CBRE; Clough & Willis; Four Recruitment; O’Connors

Paul Jonson

Pannone Corporate has expanded its team with a triple appointment as it looks to strengthen the law firm across its specialisms.

Michael McNally and Adam Pavey have both joined as directors in the employment and HR team. James Brandwood joins the firm as a real estate associate.

Michael and Adam will be responsible for advising clients on all aspects of employment law, including providing regular representation and advocacy in the Employment Tribunal.

Michael, who joins from Freeths in Liverpool, has particular experience in acting for SMEs through to multi-nationals in the manufacturing, transport and logistics, hospitality and leisure and care sectors.

Adam was formerly a solicitor at Poole Alcock, where he helped to develop the Cheshire firm’s employment department, with clients spanning a number of sectors. He has a particular specialist interest in healthcare.

Pannone Corporate’s employment team works with a wide range of clients, predominantly those with 400-500 employees across a number of sectors, including social housing, manufacturing, retail and hospitality.

James, who joins from Addleshaw Goddard, will work alongside a highly experienced real estate team, led by partner, James Wynne, which advises on a wide range of commercial real estate matters for major property groups, together with national retail and leisure operators.

He will be responsible for property acquisitions and disposals, financings, as well as development, landlord and tenant transactions.

Paul Jonson, senior partner at Pannone Corporate, said: “Both the employment and real estate teams have built up an excellent reputation in recent years for their experience and expertise across their core specialisms. We’re committed to enhancing that offering and the appointment of Michael, Adam and James is testament to that drive and ambition.”

The real estate team recently advised Palmbest, part of the Bestway Group of companies, on the acquisition of Staples Corner Shopping Park, leading the £28m retail park transaction.


CBRE has expanded its Northern planning and development team with the appointment of two new starters joining the Leeds and Manchester Offices.

Sam Berry and Tim Sanders both joined the team at the start of this year, as graduates on CBRE’s Next Generation programme. Sam Berry completed his Masters in Planning at Manchester University, securing a First Class degree, and has joined the Leeds office.

Tim Sanders completed his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield, securing a Distinction, and has joined the Manchester office.

Tim Sanders

The Northern planning and development team is now 18 people strong. Recent growth follows a successful 2020 for the team, having secured a number of key new instructions and having a strong pipeline of work going into 2021, advising on a range of major development projects across the North of England.

Key schemes include Everton Football Club’s proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, Salford Crescent Masterplan and the Wellington Place Development in Leeds city centre.

Harry Bolton, planning director in the Manchester office, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sam and Tim to the team as they start their planning careers with us on CBRE’s Next Generation programme.

“We are rapidly growing the planning consultancy business at CBRE, following on from a successful 2020, with a number of major project wins secured across the North of England.”


Bury and Bolton-based law firm Clough & Willis has promoted long term employee Caroline Rimmer. Caroline is now the newest conveyancing assistant in the firm’s residential property team.

Caroline joined Clough & Willis in 1990. Over the past three decades she has held various support and fee earning roles.

After she had her son in 2007, Caroline stepped back and worked part time, but she has decided that now is the time for her to resume her career and focus on fee earning and growing her technical knowledge.

Caroline will be working alongside the seven-strong property team, including Lorraine Stratton-Webb who heads up the department.

She will be assisting in all areas of residential conveyancing from sales and purchases to re-mortgage work, advising landlords and tenants, sales and purchases at auction as well as the purchases of freeholds.

Lorraine said: “Caroline is hugely respected within the firm. She knows the business inside out and her promotion is thoroughly deserved.”

Caroline said: “I’ve spent my working life at Clough & Willis and I’ve never wanted to work anywhere else. I’m incredibly grateful to the senior team for giving me this opportunity as I know it will be a great stepping stone on which to build my future career.”


Bolton-based Four Recruitment, founded in 2008 by brother and sister team Phil and Claire Sofield, has announced an expansion to its current recruitment specialisms with the creation of a new division and the recruitment of a new divisional head.

The new supply chain division has been established following the senior appointment of Katy Stephens who joins the firm with a long and experienced background in supply chain and logistics management.

Katy has enjoyed a great career in the sector working for global brands such as Coca Cola and more recently Vimto, where she worked as part of the management team across the demand and logistics functions.

Managing director Claire Sofield said: “Katy had the appetite for a career change but the desire to still be able to apply the knowledge and expertise she has gained over the last 13 years.

“Her knowledge will really benefit her in role as she will be able to understand with complete clarity the clients and candidates she is working with.”

The supply chain division will recruit a variety of roles within the sector from supply chain and logistics directors to supply chain managers and team leaders. The division is already working with a number of leading names.

Katy Stephens

Katy said: “Having spent my entire career since graduating from university in numerous roles across supply chain, I see this as a fantastic opportunity for a career transformation and to really bring my knowledge and skillset to launch this new division for Four.

“I absolutely love the fact that Four is extremely customer centric, creating that bespoke journey for both candidates and clients. This completely aligns with my own focus and desire to deliver customer service excellence which has been paramount throughout my career.”

Claire added: “As an entrepreneurial business we are always on the looking out for individuals who share our passion of doing recruitment the right way

“We believe that we have a very special team here at Four, that care about matching great people to great businesses, and Katy certainly fits that criteria.”


Liverpool and London-based legal and business advisers, O’Connors, has appointed corporate solicitor Kerry Brooks to support its regional and national expansion plans following a strong 2020 performance.

Kerry joins from niche dental and medical law firm Goodman Grant, where she specialised in M&A transactions, particularly for dental practices.

Kerry Brooks

John Spofforth, head of corporate for O’Connors, said: “I am really delighted that Kerry has chosen to join us. Her regulated sector M&A experience aligns perfectly with the work we do for regulated legal, insurance and investment fund businesses throughout the UK and beyond.

“Her positivity and problem-solving attitude is precisely what our clients tell us they value most and I have every confidence she will make a huge contribution to our business.”

Kerry said: “O’Connors feels very different to other law firms I come across. It is clear there is a genuine collegiate approach and a focus on client service that is both refreshing and exciting for someone like me.”

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