People: Clarion hires former Walker Morris partner; Real estate firm welcomes four graduates; and more

David Williams, Dominic Higham and Simon Young of Clarion’s commercial litigation and arbitration team

Commercial litigator David Williams has joined Clarion from Walker Morris as a partner in its 11-strong commercial litigation and arbitration practice.

With more than 30 years’ experience, Williams spent 22 years as a partner at Hammonds, now Squire Patton Boggs, and has been a partner at Walker Morris since 2010.

With expertise across a wide range of commercial and corporate disputes, including regulatory issues, he is also a CEDR and ADR Group accredited mediator.  His experience includes domestic and international arbitration, expert determination and adjudication.

Williams has acted for clients in disputes both in the UK and overseas and across a variety of sectors from energy, oil, food and drink to pharmaceuticals, high tech engineering and manufacturing.

Simon Young, partner and head of the dispute resolution practice at Clarion, said: “With his extensive and proven track record, including significant experience in overseas litigation and arbitration, David has the necessary expertise and experience to strengthen our domestic offering and to broaden our international capability in a number of key sectors. With demand for our services continuing to grow based on our strong reputation for consistently delivering for our clients, David will play a key role in our future development.”

Williams added:  “Clarion’s ethos has service excellence at its heart, coupled with a vibrant, fresh and innovative approach which has proved extremely attractive to clients both in the UK and overseas. I am excited to be joining such a dynamic firm whose commitment to providing highly responsive and commercially focussed legal support to clients fits so closely with my own values.”


Four graduates, Catherine Kopec, Harry Finney, Jenna Hull and Tom Erxleben, have joined Cushman & Wakefield’s Leeds office.

Keith Hardman, head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Leeds office, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Catherine, Harry, Jenna and Tom to the Leeds office.

“They join as part of another substantial intake of talented and enthusiastic new graduates and apprentices this year. The progress made by our previous intake bodes well for them, as does the very high APC success rate we’ve consistently achieved.”





Rachel Barlow has joined the family law team at the Dronfield office of Sheffield-based law firm Taylor & Emmet.

She will offer advice on a range of issues relating to divorce and separation.

For the past eight years, Barlow has worked in a similar role at Banner Jones in Chesterfield, handling all types of family law matters, from domestic abuse to financial agreements.

She said: “It is hugely exciting to become Dronfield’s first – and only – divorce specialist. I am very grateful to Taylor&Emmet for putting such faith in me and I am relishing the opportunity to use my expertise to expand our reputation in the area.”



Enjoy Digital has welcomed four recruits.

Jessica Thomas joins as an account manager within the growing client services department, to support with the management and delivery of integrated digital services.

Enjoy Digital is also supporting emerging talent in the industry, with Faye Ripley joining as account executive in the client services team and Ben Haigh who joins the agency as a junior backend developer. Finally, Ceri Wilson will also bring her skills as paid search executive to the digital marketing team.

Managing director Jonathan Filewood said: “Growth continues to be a major focus for us and it’s fantastic to be attracting more talented new recruits to the business. I’m certain Jessica, Faye, Ben and Ceri will be a credit to our agency and it’s great to have them on board.”