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Law firm VWV has recently strengthened its corporate, commercial and immigration practices by making three appointments in its Birmingham office at Brindleyplace.

The firm has welcomed James Barr, partner, who joins the commercial and IT team, together with  Talitha Degwa who joins the immigration team and Nathan Gray into the corporate team.

Kathy Halliday, Birmingham office partner, said: “I am delighted to welcome our new recruits who will support our already busy teams as our Birmingham office continues to go from strength to strength.”


A Ludlow legal firm has bolstered its residential property department with the appointment of a new specialist partner.

Liz Hulland has joined Corve Street-based mfg Solicitors and will work across Ludlow and the wider county advising the firm’s clients on a host of property-related issues including freehold and leasehold sales, complex property purchases and re-mortgages.

The property expert, who for the past 20 years has specialised in advising on the sales and purchases of character properties, barn conversions and new builds, will work with partner Richard Connolly and head of department Javed Ahmed.

Connolly said: “Liz is a sought-after and superb property lawyer with strong connections across Ludlow and Shropshire.

“She is a tremendous asset to our team and her drive and determination to do the best for our clients is already shining through. We are delighted to have her onboard.”

Hulland added: “It is a really exciting opportunity for me to join the team at mfg Solicitors and as someone who has lived locally for many years, it is a dream to be working right in the heart of Ludlow.

“The local property market is booming and we want to make sure those buying, selling or developing properties have access to the best possible advice they can trust.

“The firm has an absolutely brilliant reputation here in Shropshire and across the wider region. I have joined at a really exciting time of growth and I am looking forward to supporting and advising our property clients in the months and years ahead.”


JM Glendinning Insurance Brokers has boosted its Birmingham office with the appointments of Blake Hynds to its professional risks team and Lee Gavin to the real estate business.

Hynds joins as client director, bringing 14 years of insurance industry experience to the role. He joins from Wesleyan where he worked for 12 years, eight of which were spent working with law firms providing Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) support and advice on key insurance issues their businesses face in changing markets.

Gavin joins JM Glendinning Real Estate as a client service director. With 20 years of experience working in the insurance industry, Lee has extensive knowledge of the real estate insurance market having worked previously at Gallagher and Pi Property Insurance.

JM Glendinning Insurance Brokers Group managing director and head of Professional Risks, Jake Fox, said: “We are very excited about the huge opportunity that exists in the Midlands and these two appointments reflect our commitment to growing our business in Birmingham and becoming an insurance broking powerhouse in the city. Blake is a specialist in  PII and has a great understanding of the market. Equally, Lee has an excellent reputation in the real estate insurance market and his experience and track record will be a huge asset.”