People: Partner hire for Crowe; Law firm recruits Shoosmiths family expert; and more

Audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe has expanded its non profits team with the appointment of partner Julia Poulter.

Poulter brings with her more than 18 years of experience and will work with and support the firm’s clients in a range of sectors including, care charities, social housing, INGOs, and those with national fundraising operations.

Nigel Bostock, chief executive of Crowe, said :“As the latest partner to join our market-leading Non Profits team, Julia is an excellent addition and will play a valuable role in further expanding Crowe’s Non Profit offering while working closely with the wider leadership team. Julia’s diverse experience makes her a perfect fit for Crowe and I am delighted to welcome her to our firm.”

Naziar Hashemi, national head of non profits at Crowe, said: “The challenges that charities of all sizes are faced with today are wide and varied. From increasing costs, funding pressures and public trust, to increased demand and political uncertainty, they all have an impact on continued success. It is now more important than ever for advisors to respond quickly and effectively to help tackle challenges and deliver real value through a range of activities. The addition of talent like Julia is a core part of continuing to provide the highest levels of service to our clients. Our focus continues to be on delivering quality and rigour, while supporting charities to enable them to maximise their impact for their stakeholders and beneficiaries.”

Aaron & Partners has strengthened its family law team with the appointment of Neil Hobden.

Hobden advises on all aspects of family law but has particular expertise in dealing with complex and high value cases, helping clients to manage the financial issues that arise on relationship breakdown.

“The experience I have gained over the past 30 years has provided me with invaluable knowledge on the issues that come with relationship difficulties and how these might best be resolved,” he said.

“Family law presents a unique set of challenges and I pride myself on helping each client reach the right outcome for them and the wider family within a time frame that works for them.

“It is vital individuals receive a first-class service, with the advice and its delivery tailored to their needs. I have known the Aaron & Partners team for many years, and I am delighted to join a firm renowned for providing top quality expertise in a uniformly excellent and timely manner.”

Richard Barge, partner and head of family law at Aaron & Partners, said: “Neil’s appointment is a significant one for Aaron & Partners and is a real statement of intent. It demonstrates our commitment to offer our clients the very highest levels of skill and expertise in family law matters.

“There’s no doubt Neil’s joining will strengthen our family team. He has a reputation regionally and nationally for delivering great outcomes and providing the highest level of service to clients. I have no doubt he’ll be a great addition to our family team.”

Hobden will be based in the firm’s Shrewsbury office.


Richard Edwards

A strategic land company has made two key appointments in its planning department.

Richard Edwards has been promoted to group planning director at L&Q Estates and Russell Crow has joined as planning director.

Edwards has nearly 30 years’ experience as a town planner in both the private and public sector. After starting his career at a local authority, he then moved onto a national planning consultancy before moving into the housebuilding sector at Barratt Developments and Redrow Homes. He joined L&Q Estates in November 2017.

His new position will involve being a member of the Warwick-based business’s senior management team, leading on planning related matters.

Crow has over 10 years’ experience as a town planner after graduating from Coventry University with a degree in geography and a Master’s degree in spatial planning at Birmingham City University.

He has obtained experience in both the public and private sector as a consultant, working most recently as a regional director at Richborough Estates in Birmingham before moving to L&Q Estates.