People: New partners for law firm; Accountancy firm welcomes director; and more

Paul Slinger

Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) has appointed two new partners to its Birmingham office.

Paul Slinger joins the firm as partner in the construction team, while Steven Brunning joins as partner in the governance and commercial team.

In his previous role as legal and commercial director at technology company Inzpir, Brunning advised on strategic corporate matters at board level. He brings 14 years’ experience in public sector contracting and the implementation of innovative technology solutions.

He will advise clients on technology, outsourcing, procurement strategy and design, as well as supporting clients through contract negotiations, management and subsidy control.

Slinger, a specialist in dispute resolution in the construction and engineering sector and formerly a partner at Wright Hassall, has been recruited to help lead ACS’s construction disputes team.

He brings more than 20 years legal experience to the firm, with expertise in assisting clients to deliver construction and engineering projects on time and within budget, as well as bringing and defending professional negligence claims relating to construction and engineering operations.

During his career, he has advised NHS Trusts on disputes relating to major new-build and enhancement programmes, advised on a major multi-billion energy infrastructure project, advised mental health care providers and a major sports stadium in relation to defective works and provided advice on the operation of complex PFI contracts.

Peter Hubbard, senior partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said: “Steven and Paul’s combined expertise will be pivotal in how ACS continues to support clients.

“Local authorities alongside those in the construction and engineering sectors are facing fresh challenges as we move towards net zero. Having leading talent such as Steven and Paul on board will ensure ACS is well placed to support and help us to deliver on our own mission to improve communities and society.”


Azets has appointed James Wheeler to global mobility and employment tax director, based at its Birmingham office.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in global mobility, having worked within Big Four firms since graduating from the University of Birmingham. He has worked with clients of all sizes in a variety of business sectors, operating across the Midlands, Manchester, and London.

Wheeler specialises in all aspects of global mobility, including tax residency and domicile issues, cross-border social security compliance, the application of double taxation treaties, and the risks associated with cross-border moves from an employer perspective. This includes withholding tax obligations, cost control and the compliance aspects associated with short-term business visitors to the UK.

Clare Clifford, regional head of tax with Azets, said: “James has a fantastic reputation throughout the Midlands and nationally, and is an important addition to the Azets team as we continue to accelerate our growth journey. James’ deep specialism in global mobility and employment tax enhances our tax advisory team, and our SME clients will benefit from his experience and knowledge at a critical time for employers. We’re delighted that James has chosen to join Azets and encourage business owners to take the opportunity to reach out and understand the benefits James and the wider tax team can deliver.”


Developer SevenCapital has welcomed Simon Howard as group sales and marketing director, joining from Berkeley Group.

He will lead the global sales function at SevenCapital Group, servicing domestic and international clients looking to purchase property in key UK locations. His role will be instrumental in the developer’s expansion across the South-East and London, including leading the anticipated launch of its £500m residential scheme in Kensington later this year, in partnership with MARK.

Previously based in London, his expertise spans more than 25 years in the residential property sector. The latter nine years he spent as sales director at Berkeley St Edward, with responsibility for UK and international sales across a wide range of developments, from small scale housing developments through to large scale, multiphase projects in some of London’s most exclusive postcodes. Notable developments in his repertoire include
9 Millbank and 190 Strand in Westminster, Ebury Square in Belgravia, Kensington Row, Oval Village, West End Gate and Wimbledon Hill Park.

Howard said: “I’m joining SevenCapital at a very exciting time for the business, as they begin to scale and expand into new markets in terms of both development and client base. I’m looking forward to bringing my knowledge and expertise to the team and playing a key part in delivering some very exciting developments to new and existing clients in the coming years.”

Sophie Taylor has joined the business as PR and social media Manager and Sam Lovatt has joined as digital marketing manager.