People: Anwyl Partnerships; Provenio Litigation; JLL; DTM Legal; Exchange Chambers

Simon Rose (left) and Brent Davies
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Anwyl Partnerships, specialists in the provision of residential land and build developments, has promoted two key senior team members to director roles, as part of the firm’s strategic growth and development plans.

Brent Davies and Simon Rose, take on the positions of commercial director and construction director, respectively.

Brent joined the company, based in Ewloe, near Chester, as a senior estimator over a decade ago, developing his career as pre-construction manager, senior commercial manager, up to the point of this current promotion. Under his new role, Brent will focus on the management of a rapidly growing commercial team, maintaining recent successes in securing long term contracts within the company’s niche sectors.

He said: “The department has successfully secured an impressive workload for the next three years with a value in the region of £125m – the delivery of these schemes will rely on improved structure and commercial processes, together with appropriate resources and supply chain aligned with our own aspirations.

“My personal aim is to support the growth of the Anwyl Partnerships brand and become the company of choice for housing associations in the delivery of affordable homes and retirement living.”

Simon joined the company in 2004, initially as a quantity surveyor followed by commercial manager and senior construction manager. Under his new role, Simon will oversee and manage the successful and timely delivery of all construction projects from commencement through to completion. As a result of the upturn in work, Simon will further focus on supplementing existing site resources while improving and formalising current processes and business practices.

He said: “As always, I will be fully focused on providing the best possible delivery for our client partners. A big part of my role, in conjunction with the other department heads, will be to ensure we keep information flowing for our construction teams, working effectively as part of one team.”

Team members across the wider Anwyl Group have enjoyed promotions in the past month, as the company’s strong growth strategy continues.

Tom Anwyl, group director of Anwyl Group, said: “Both of these promotions represent a critical development within our wider growth strategy. Simon and Brent have been instrumental in the evolution of our business and so, naturally, their roles will evolve in line with company expansion.

“I am particularly pleased that we have been able to develop and promote talent internally — they each bring a tremendous amount of experience, insight and skills to their roles and they will be able to further develop their potential with the exciting forthcoming projects.”


Provenio Litigation in Liverpool has continued its expansion by promoting Hannah Catterall to partner and Emma Charnock to legal director.

The firm has also been ranked in Tier 1 for commercial litigation in the newly released Legal 500.

Hannah Catterall has extensive experience advising a variety of clients including international corporations and high net worth individuals in respect of complex disputes. Previous and current cases include professional negligence, shareholder earn-out disputes, breach of contract claims including disputes concerning complex financial structures and technical construction disputes.

She has worked with clients from a wide range of sectors including sports, hospitality, manufacturing, property development, utilities and aviation.

Hannah has worked on cases with multi-jurisdictional aspects alongside lawyers from different jurisdictions and assisted clients in developing strategy and achieving successful resolutions integral to the commercial success of their business. She is also accustomed to working alongside funders and insurers, supporting clients through the litigation process.

Emma Charnock (left) and Hannah Catterall

Emma Charnock has extensive experience advising clients in respect of complex high value commercial disputes across a wide range of sectors. Her practice covers a range of commercial disputes from professional negligence claims to breach of contract, as well as shareholder and partnership disputes.

Emma was previously seconded to the Information Commissioner’s Office where she was part of the enforcement team during the ICO’s investigation into the use of personal data and data analytics in political campaigns, which included the activities of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, and also spent time on secondment to the litigation team of a big four clearing bank. Emma is chair of the Merseyside Young Professionals.

Mark Goodwin, managing partner at Provenio Litigation, said: “Hannah and Emma are exceptional lawyers with a proven track record in high value business litigation. We are delighted to recognise and reward their outstanding contribution to our business.”

In ranking Provenio in Tier 1 for the second year in succession, The Legal 500 describes the firm as “one of the best conflict-free litigation boutiques and the heaviest hitter outside London”.

Provenio’s ranking is supported by a number of individual accolades. Mark Goodwin retains his place in The Legal 500’s Hall of Fame and is recognised as a Leading Individual, while Emma Charnock is recognised as a Rising Star.


Property group JLL has welcomed four new graduates and three apprentices to its Manchester office.

This follows on from the four graduates who joined in 2020 and 46 new members of staff in 2021 alone, supporting JLL’s continued growth of its market share in the North West.

From left, top row and bottom: Dario Castillo, Cassy Swain, Rico Naylor, Megan Jackson, Bisma Iqbal, Karen Alford, Clarissa Forshaw-Murphy

Stephen Hogg, head of North West and residential UK regions, JLL, said: “We are seeing unprecedented growth in every sector in the North West property market, and we have been recruiting strongly all year.

“In addition to senior hires, it is important to take the best emerging talent coming out of colleges and universities to ensure our clients receive the best levels of service.

“Our graduates of today will be the deal makers of tomorrow and we are pleased to be taking on the best and most diverse talent into our office.”


Legal 500 Top Tier law firm DTM Legal has appointed two new partners, Richard Harris and Tom Evans, to boost its partnership team further.

Commercial litigator Richard Harris is a key player in the Liverpool dispute resolution team and Tom Evans, heads up the employment and HR team.

Jim Morris, partner and Legal 500 leading individual, said: “Richard and Tom provide the very highest standards of legal service to our clients. They have both assisted in the development and growth of not only the teams, but also the firm as a whole. They both have great futures ahead of them and we are delighted they are new partners at DTM Legal.”

Heather Lally

Kate Roberts, partner, has been promoted to head of Liverpool. She will be responsible for driving the Liverpool growth further and developing the team and client base across the Liverpool region. Jim said: “We are delighted Kate has taken up the mantle of head of Liverpool. She has great energy and drive and the role will suit her tenacity. The timing is right to coincide with our expansion plans.”

Kate said: “I am really looking forward to the challenge and the road ahead. It is exciting times at DTM Legal.”

In line with the growth, DTM Legal has also made three new appointments. Heather Lally, senior associate in the trusts and estates department, Jonathan Partridge joins the commercial litigation team and paralegal Irena Jarkova joins the commercial property team.

Jonathan Partridge

Heather is the recently-elected chair of STEP Cheshire and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in all matters relating to non-contentious private client work and has particular expertise in statutory will applications, applying for limited Grants of Probate and succession planning for agricultural clients.

Jonathan has a wealth of dispute resolution experience advising insurers, lenders, SME’s and high net worth entrepreneurs and in providing business interruption solutions to business owners.

Richard Thomas, partner and head of trusts & estates said: “Heather and Jonathan strengthen our team at DTM Legal. Our expansion is continuing and the key promotions we have made will drive us forward in our growth journey. We have been ranked again across 13 practice areas in the Legal 500 and have three leading individuals, five next generation partners and two rising stars.

“It is a real testament to the legal excellence we provide and the outstanding service we hang our hat on. It doesn’t stop here as our client base continues to grow, we will continue to expand.”


Exchange Chambers has continued its fast-paced expansion with the arrival of Richard McLean as a new member in Liverpool.

Richard, who was called to the Bar in 2011, joins Exchange from 1 Chancery Lane, London. He specialises in employment and personal injury.

He acts for a wide range of clients including businesses, individuals, trade unions, and public sector organisations. He frequently acts for both claimants and respondents in multi-day cases in the Employment Tribunal/EAT, and cases across the fast and multi-tracks.

Richard McLean

Prior to working at the self-employed Bar, Richard worked for the Government Legal Department and HM Treasury, in addition to working for a law firm in Texas representing death row prisoners.

He has devoted part of his time to pro bono work through the Free Representation Unit, the Bar’s pro bono charity Advocate, and Sports Resolutions, and was previously chair of a charity providing support to asylum seekers in South London.

Richard McLean said: “I am delighted to be joining Exchange Chambers, with its dominant position across the North of England and nationwide reputation for excellence. I’m extremely pleased to be joining such a classy, professional and forward looking outfit, with undoubted strength in my practice areas.”

Jonathan I’Anson, chief executive at Exchange Chambers, said: “Richard is a highly regarded barrister with a busy practice.

“His arrival continues the trend of practitioners relocating from London to join Chambers. We wish him a long and successful career at Exchange.”