People: New partner for law firm; Tax specialist recruits five; and more

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A new partner has joined the Birmingham office of law firm Clarke Willmott.

Kim Klahn joins the corporate and commercial team and will advise on a broad range of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations, private equity transactions, family investment companies and general company law and corporate governance issues.

Joining from Lodders Solicitors where she was partner and head of the company’s corporate and commercial department, Klahn brings with her experience across a range of sectors, with particular expertise in the sale and purchase of care homes.

She said: “I am delighted to join the national team at Clarke Willmott to work alongside John Irving to develop and grow the corporate offering of the firm in Birmingham.”

John Irving, head of the Birmingham corporate and commercial team at Clarke Willmott, said: “It is great to have Kim on board with us and we look forward to introducing her to our clients.

“Kim will be acting predominantly for privately owned businesses, SMEs and owner managed businesses. As a general corporate solicitor her depth and breadth of knowledge will be a great asset to the team.

“Kim’s appointment signals a further strengthening of our corporate team and will bolster our service offering here in Birmingham.”

Rayner Grice, head of Clarke Willmott’s Birmingham office, said: “Kim’s appointment strengthens our corporate offering in Birmingham and is part of the next stage of our Birmingham office growth plans.

“The firm’s commitment to continuing a flexible approach to working will enable us to maximise our development of the office and we are delighted that Kim will be working with us on this.”

Claritas Tax has expanded its team again with the announcement of five new recruits.

Sarah Scala joins as associate partner to lead the tax dispute resolution (TDR) service line, Cass Graham and Gurpreet Pawar, joining as senior manager and manager respectively in Claritas’ corporate and transaction tax teams and Karen Litherland, as manager in the private client team.

Meanwhile, Michael Bell who takes up his position as tax trainee. He will be supported to study for the ICAEW and Chartered Institute of Taxation qualifications.

Matt Hodgson, partner at Claritas Tax, said: “In an incredibly competitive recruitment landscape, to be able to announce five new recruits is evidence of how Claritas is continuing to expand its brand and reputation in the tax marketplace. With three further senior appointments joining us before Christmas, this will take us to over 40 advisers, making us a formidable team of multi-disciplinary tax specialists.”

Iain Wright, partner added: “We are proud of the strong reputation we are cementing in the sector. Our success is down to our multiple service line approach which has resulted in us being able to build long-term partnerships with our clients. These five new joiners will enable us to better support our clients and I’m excited to welcome everyone to Claritas.”


MetroPM, the expanding residential property management company with offices in Birmingham and Cheltenham, has employed a new apprentice to train as a property co-ordinator.

Nahida Aktar, who previously worked in hospitality, was recruited via Protocol Consultancy Services, a training provider based in Birmingham.

Ian Smallman, a director at MetroPM, said: “Nahida is passionate about helping customers and so we’re extremely pleased to be welcoming her onto the team.

“Having previously worked within the hospitality industry, Nahida has developed the important people skills that are required in providing excellent customer service to both customers and clients alike.

“Our portfolio has experienced healthy growth over the last year, and so it’s important that we are able to continue providing excellent service to all our stakeholders.”