People: The latest West Midlands hires

Property solicitor Joanne Parsons has joined Shropshire law firm Aaron & Partners to bolster its residential property department.

Parsons, who joins as a senior associate, said: “I’m pleased to be joining Aaron & Partners as it allows me to continue working in a region I’m proud to call home and a place where I really enjoy living and working.

“Property can be one of the most stressful and often complicated things a lot of us deal with in our lives, so my aim is to always provide clear advice and guidance to give everyone I work with peace of mind, especially in these challenging times.

“I’ll be joining a team which already has an excellent reputation and successful track record in property and look forward to playing my part in the growth of our department.”

Simon Ellis, partner and head of real estate at Aaron & Partners, added: “We’ve identified a need to further develop the residential side of our property team in Shropshire following a rising number of instructions from our private clients. Joanne joining us with her wealth of experience in this specific practice area is another fantastic boost for the team.

“The impact of the pandemic means there is uncertainty almost everywhere, which is why it’s more important than ever to have the right advice when it comes to property. Joanne’s exceptional level of knowledge, both locally and within the sector, allows us to bolster the residential conveyancing side of our Real Estate team and means we are perfectly placed to guide private clients through this current climate.”

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CALA Homes has appointed Andrew Dicker as managing director of its Midlands region.

He brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the housebuilding industry, gained in both technical and project lead roles with Redrow, David Wilson Homes, Charles Church and Galliford Try. He joins the CALA team from Legal & General Homes, where he was technical director for three years.

He said: “I’m looking forward to working with a talented team to build on the success of the business to date, bringing forward a mix of larger backbone sites and smaller developments all in aspirational locations.
“A key priority for me will be ensuring that CALA continues to make a positive contribution to the areas in which we build, through close collaboration and consultation with local communities and a focus on creating social value.”

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A Shropshire law firm with an award-winning training programme has taken on two new trainee solicitors.

Emma Cousins and Laura Jones started at Lanyon Bowdler in September.

Kay Kelly, Lanyon Bowdler’s training partner, said: “We are delighted to welcome Laura and Emma to Lanyon Bowdler.

“They succeeded against tough opposition to achieve their training contracts with us, an opportunity which will provide them with an excellent grounding for what we hope will be successful careers in the legal profession.

“Lanyon Bowdler invests much time in training our future lawyers and providing them with the best start in their chosen career path.

“During their time with us, our trainees work with experienced lawyers to ensure they receive the support, advice and guidance which will stand them in good stead in the future.”

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