People: Law firm adds to commercial litigation team; New role for council’s chief economic officer; Online clothing retailer over the moon with digital hire; and more

Harrogate law firm McCormicks Solicitors has added to its commercial litigation team with the appointment of Will Bates.

He will work with partner Philip Edmondson in providing commercial litigation and sports disputes services to clients.

Edmondson said: “Will’s forensic and pragmatic approach and ability to anticipate potential issues, while considering whether alternative dispute resolution is possible, makes him an excellent fit with the McCormicks team.”

Bates has experience assisting with a full range of commercial litigation matters involving contractual disputes, construction disputes, debt recovery, professional negligence, contentious probate, harassment, defamation, abusive registration of domain names, insolvency (individual and corporate) and matters with multi-jurisdictional elements.


Chief economic officer at Leeds City Council, Tom Bridges, is to move on from the role after five years.

Bridges is to take up a new role with Arup as Director, Cities Advisory, with his focus being on steering the company’s city focused advisory activity outside London.

In a LinkedIn update, Bridges said: “It will include advising on city and city region strategies for economic development, inclusive growth, skills and innovation, supporting clients on funding and finance, socio economic advice, housing growth, regeneration programmes and other city-wide strategies.”

He added: “I am proud to have worked for Leeds City Council and with fantastic partners over the past five and a half years, and I would like to thank you for all your support and everything you have done for the city and city region during my time here.”


Birstall based online personalised clothing retailer Banana Moon Clothing has appointed Miles Thorp as digital director.

Thorp has spent the best part of a decade working at Fantastic Media, where he started his career as a graphic designer, working his way up the career ladder and becoming director of website design and development.

During this time he was able to work on groundbreaking projects across website design and development, and digital marketing, with clients including professional English footballers James Milner and Steph Houghton MBE.

Alex Grace, managing director at Banana Moon Clothing, said: “Having Miles in-house will allow us to really accelerate our digital offering. There are so many front and back end features we want to improve and also many new market ideas that we will be exploring.

“We are always trying to innovate and Miles has some incredible ideas for Banana Moon as well as really structured approach into making this happen. With him as part of our senior management structure, we feel we can really make a mark on the industry.”


B2B marketing agency Fox Agency has welcomed two recruits.

Rosie Cordingley has been brought in to assist with the increased demand on the content and copywriting side of Fox.

Hatty Settle joins as senior account executive and will work on accounts including Speedy Hire, Brother Europe and Berlitz.

Darragh Woods, director at Fox Agency, said: “More clients mean more work projects, which means a larger workforce. We feel lucky to have found Hatty and Rosie as they are talented, dynamic and fun – a perfect fit to our existing team.”