People: Law firm makes senior hire; Interpath Advisory welcomes data analytics expert; and more

Law firm FBC Manby Bowdler has strengthened the residential property team at its Wolverhampton branch with the appointment of a senior associate solicitor.

Gurdev Singh Mann has joined the team to specialise in residential conveyancing matters, including buying and selling freehold and leasehold properties, transfer of equity plus mortgages and re-mortgages.

He brings with him a wealth of experience in residential property matters, having worked for regional and national law firms dealing with clients based in locations stretching from London to the West Midlands.

Head of the conveyancing team, Jarna Rahman, said: “The residential property market is booming and our services are very much in demand currently. That means Gurdev will be hitting the ground running to ensure we continue to deliver a stellar service to our clients, working tirelessly to ensure property matters are made simple and easy to navigate. We’re delighted to welcome him to our experienced team.”

Singh Mann added: “It’s an exciting time to be joining FBC Manby Bowdler, with the housing market booming thanks to the Stamp Duty holiday which was introduced last July. Property transactions have increased by more than 200% in the last year according to HMRC and it will be interesting to see what happens towards the end of the year with the land tax returning to normal.”


Interpath Advisory has announced it has appointed financial modelling and data analytics expert Simon Livings to lead its new Digital Centre of Excellence.

During his career, Livings has built a wealth of experience working on M&A, refinancing and restructuring deals, Enterprise Performance Management, planning and forecasting modelling, as well as advanced and predictive analytics.

He previously spent eight years at KPMG where he built and led the firm’s Data & Analytics practice within its national markets business, and before that spent over 12 years at EY as a director in its business modelling team.

Mark Raddan, head of advisory for Interpath, said: “The creation of a Digital Centre of Excellence adds further firepower to our existing advisory capabilities. For our people, Simon’s knowledge and expertise will undoubtedly help to broaden and sharpen their own data processing skills, while for our clients, it’s about harnessing the power of data and predictive analytics to make better-informed decisions about their performance, ultimately so they can protect and enhance value.”

Livings said: “Over the years, I have always been struck by how analytically-minded and innovative the team at Interpath has been, and so I’m delighted to come on board to help develop and strengthen the firm’s core services by leveraging technology and analytics to their fullest potential. Throughout my career, my passion has always been working at the coalface alongside clients, helping them to resolve any issues they have and create better business outcomes.”


spottydog communications has appointed a new director.

Emma Batchelor joins the Birmingham company’s leadership team as associate director and will head up strategy for a number of the agency’s clients, including one of the UK’s fastest-growing EV charger companies, INDRA Renewable Technologies.

With over 20 years’ industry experience, Batchelor has held a number of senior positions at companies such as Discover Ferries and DFDS, where she delivered high-impact consumer campaigns.

She said: “I am really excited to be joining the pack at spottydog and am looking forward to taking the lead on strategy for some of the agency’s fantastic clients.

“The agency’s track record in delivery award-winning campaigns speaks for itself and I feel very honoured to have the opportunity to work as part of such a great team.”