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* A Birmingham law firm has been appointed to the Legal Panel Framework - a new initiative established by Sport England, Sport Wales, UK Sport and the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Gateley was chosen based on criteria such as price, value-added services, its understanding and experience of working with sport and recreation organisations and its commitment to training and development.

The Legal Panel Framework aims to make it easier for national governing bodies (NGBs) and wider sport and recreational organisations to identify and gain access to high quality legal firms at fair rates - delivering better value for money to the sector.

The initiative is the first of its kind for the sector, bringing improved rates and a wide range of other value added opportunities.

The panel will provide services across nineteen areas of law including child protection, governance, athlete selection, EU sports policy and major events.

John Burns, commercial partner for Gateley, said: "It is a fantastic opportunity for Gateley to be involved with a truly diverse and far reaching organisation."

A Birmingham lawyer has been appointed Midlands branch chairman of the Association of Women in Property for 2012/2013.

Julia Flattery is an associate in the real estate development and regeneration team at Eversheds where she routinely advises some of the UK's largest developers.

She has been a member of Women In Property for seven years and has served on the branch committee for three years. Ms Flattery said: "This year, WiP celebrates its 25th Anniversary - the organisation was originally formed back in 1987 as a networking group for professional women because, at that time, there were so few women working in this industry. While much has changed, the fact remains that women still represent only 15 per cent of the property and construction industry workforce, so there is a way to go.

"The Midlands branch has an enthusiastic and committed membership who value the benefits brought through our varied professional and social events, the WiP mentoring programme and the guidance available, whatever stage they have reached in their career."

The corporate team at a Birmingham law firm has advised MML Capital Partners on the sale of Virginia-based Cableform to Hubbell.

It is the fourth consecutive deal completed by Shoosmiths on behalf of MML within the last ten months, having simultaneously advised on the sale of Rotary Precision Instruments to German manufacturer, Huber Diffraktionstechnik Co.

Shoosmiths advised on the sales of subsidiaries ZEAG and Zodion in 2011, bringing present total deal value to around pounds 35 million.

The latest deal involved the disposal of Cableform - a manufacturer of large DC motor controls for mining, steel, and transportation industry customers worldwide - to Hubbell, an international manufacturer of electrical and electronic products.

The second deal involved the sale of UK-based Rotary Precision Instruments, to Huber Diffraktionstechnik, a market leader in the manufacturing of precise positioning and diffraction equipment for laboratory and synchrotron applications.

Shoosmiths' team was led by corporate partner Alastair Peet, with support from associate Robert Laugharne and solicitor Alistair Hammerton.

Mr Peet said: "It's still a competitive environment out there, for any type of deal, so to contribute to the successful completion of four within a matter of months is a very positive sign."

* The Birmingham office of an international law firm has announced the appointment of Paul Maile to partner in its 2012 promotions.

Mr Maile, who becomes a partner at Eversheds specialises in planning, infrastructure and compulsory purchase. He has appeared as advocate at numerous high profile public inquiries, and has a particular specialism in energy, infrastructure and residential projects. He leads the Eversheds onshore renewables planning team.

Overall, Eversheds announced 22 promotions to the firm's partnership across eight countries.

David Beswick, Birmingham senior office partner at Eversheds, said: "The Birmingham office has had an excellent start to the year, acting on a number of key deals in the region. The whole office is delighted for Paul and we wish him every success as he moves up to partner level."

A national law firm with a Birmingham office has appointed a new head of fraud business development, who will be responsible for bringing to market the firm's next generation anti-fraud offering.

Scott Bowers joins Weightmans with an established track record of developing counter fraud solutions which have saved insurers millions of pounds that would otherwise have been paid out in fraudulent or exaggerated claims.

Mr Bowers will undertake a national client-facing business development role from Weightmans' Birmingham office, overseeing the development of a counter fraud product for the firm and growing its well-established and respected fraud team.

He said: "I am excited about the opportunities and challenges ahead in my new role at Weightmans. The firm has a truly fantastic reputation in the UK insurance market and is already at the forefront of work being done by UK insurers to bring fraudsters to justice in its claims handling division."

A Stratford-upon-Avon lawyer has received a special award after coming "top of the class".

Alex Robinson, an associate in the agriculture and estates team at Lodders Solicitors, recently achieved Fellowship of the Agricultural Law Association, an accolade which confirms her expertise and experience in the sector.

Ms Robinson also achieved the highest mark in the exam for 2011 Fellowship entrants.

And she was awarded the ALA Chairman's Trophy, presented to her at a ceremony held at the start of an association meeting at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire.

She said: "Fellowship is recognised as a badge of excellence and I was thrilled to have achieved it."

* Two trainee solicitors from a Birmingham law firm have been successfully appointed into senior roles in the Birmingham Trainee Solicitor Society. Nav Bilkhu who works in the business legal services team at Irwin Mitchell in Birmingham has been appointed treasurer, whilst his colleague Sarah Bolt has been elected to the position of social secretary.

Launched over 120 years ago, the BTSS represents trainee solicitors in the Birmingham area. The BTSS also provides junior lawyers with support, advice, information and networking opportunities together with representing the views of its members through lobbying and campaigns.

Fergal Dowling, partner and head of the firm's business legal services team in Birmingham, said: "The BTSS plays a vital role across the city supporting trainees as they develop their careers. It's fantastic that Irwin Mitchell employees are playing a central role in the organisation."
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