Appointments: Mills & Reeve, Bond Dickinson, Begbies Traynor, Cartwright King

LAW firm Mills & Reeve has added Andrew Playle to its Leeds private client team.

He joins from Bond Dickinson where he was a partner since 2007.

Mr Playle will work alongside Julia Rangecroft.

Mills & Reeve has recently moved to larger premises in Leeds.

Chris Belcher, head of Mills & Reeve’s private client team, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Andrew into the team and we have no doubt that his contribution will strengthen an already formidable offering.

“We are continuing to build on our strengths in the Leeds office and Andrew’s addition is a further step in this direction.”

The Leeds office’s dispute resolution division has been strengthened with the appointment of partner Simon Pedley, who will also work across the Manchester office.

Kiran Chand of Bond DickinsonLEGAL director Kiran Chand has joined the Leeds office of Bond Dickinson.

She will join the corporate and commercial team advising on IT and business process outsourcings, and other technology-related agreements.

Ms Chand joins from Pinsent Masons, having advised FTSE 100 companies.

Simon Watts, partner and head of the firm’s Corporate & Commercial Services Group, said: “We are delighted to have recruited a candidate of Kiran’s calibre into the team.

“This appointment follows several other lateral hires into the Leeds office including corporate partner Simon Pilling real estate partner Julia Field and managing associate Jonathan Watmough.

“We have also recently appointed corporate partner Robert Phillips who will be based in our Newcastle office. These latest appointments further strengthen our offering in Leeds as well as the growing strength of our national corporate team.”

Karl Hodson of BTG Corporate SolutionsINVESTMENT manager Karl Hodson has joined BTG Corporate Solutions, a division of Begbies Traynor.

He joins as a director primarily based in Begbies’ Sheffield office, but with a national role.

Mr Hodson was formerly with Enterprise Ventures, primarily working on the Finance Yorkshire fund, as well as working as an investment director for the South Yorkshire Investment fund and as a commercial manager for HSBC.

Kirstie Provan, partner at Begbies Traynor said: “We are in a whole new era of commercial funding, with a raft of different lenders, new alternative sources and structures of finance for business.

“Karl has a proven background in commercial finance, from traditional banking through various hands-on roles arranging finance for businesses here in Yorkshire and across the country, and he will be able to offer our clients insight and funding options that other firms often don’t consider. When we are talking to funders, especially in this new economic climate, having our own expert in house will give us even greater insight and ability to determine which propositions will succeed.”

Mr Hodson said: “It is a really exciting period of change in commercial finance, and businesses face more challenges than ever to originate the best funding for growth, or just working capital purposes.

“The experience I have from the funding market dovetails perfectly with the firm’s corporate finance, consulting, advisory and restructuring work, and we are looking forward to bringing some very good businesses to exactly the right funders, well prepared and with realistic expectations.”


Paul Fleming of Cartwright KingBARRISTER Paul Fleming has joined law firm Cartwright King.

The firm has one of the biggest criminal defence teams in the country.

Mr Fleming joins as senior in-house counsel from his own chambers, 37 Park Square, in Leeds.

A member of Gray’s Inn, Paul has practised in various civil and criminal courts on the North East, Midlands and Oxford circuits since 1983.

Alwyn Jones, head of Cartwright King’s in-house chambers, commented: “We are delighted to be expanding our team with the appointment of professionals of such great calibre. Paul is held in very high regard and has a very impressive career history. His appointment will allow us to significantly grow and develop our service.”