People: University lecturer joins law firm as senior associate; Needle Mackenzie Spencer makes first appointment since joint venture; and more

Liz Turner

Liz Turner has swapped lecturing for a return to practising law after joining Langleys Solicitors.

She joins Langleys as a senior associate in the dispute resolution team, specialising in property litigation on behalf of landlords and tenants.

Turner was previously course director at Leeds Law School, part of Leeds Beckett University, where she taught property law, practice and procedure and professional conduct to undergraduate and post-graduate students.

In her new role at Langleys, she will act on a range of contentious commercial property matters, advising clients on strategy and dispute management as well as mainstream landlord and tenant matters including dilapidations and lease renewals. She will also provide advice to developers, occupiers and public sector organisations.

Before lecturing at the university, Turner was an associate with Eversheds’ real estate dispute team and Hammonds, now Squire Patton Boggs.

James Henson, partner in the dispute resolution team at York and Lincoln-based Langleys, said: “Liz is an excellent addition to our team. She brings considerable experience and expertise in property litigation and strategic dispute management from her time as a senior solicitor with other large commercial practices and as an academic and lecturer. Her knowledge will be a great asset to the landlords and tenants that we advise.”


Needle Mackenzie Spencer has appointed Matt Milnes as an associate

Needle Mackenzie Spencer has appointed Matt Milnes as an associate, the company’s first appointment since the joint venture between corporate finance firm Mackenzie Spencer and commercial law firm Needle Partners.

Milnes, a chartered accountant, has previously worked for a number of large independent accountancy firms and in the corporate team at Lloyds Bank. He has worked on multiple transactions, including on the buy and sell side, management buy outs and supporting clients with general and distressed funding and business support.

He saidd: “I am thrilled to be joining Chris and his team at Needle Mackenzie Spencer. Having worked with Chris in the past I know that we work well together and our belief in giving clients open and honest advice helps to build strong relationships. I am keen to help Chris to further establish our corporate finance offering in Leeds, Sheffield and the Thames Valley.”



Ian Hirst

LEEDS College of Building has appointed Ian Hirst as faculty director to manage its construction craft courses and curriculum.

Hirst brings a wealth of experience to the position after previously heading up the craft construction and engineering department at Oldham College, before joining the leadership team at Greater Manchester University Technical College, which specialises in civil engineering and sustainability.

He says: “It’s an exciting move because the construction industry currently offers young people and school leavers more career and progression opportunities than ever before.  This is something we’re keen to capitalise on and we’re already building on our relationships with local schools across the region by launching a new week long work experience programme for pupils.  This is designed to offer an insight into a wide range of trades as well as giving school pupils the opportunity to produce meaningful and tangible work that they can keep.”