EXETER and Crediton-based law firm Veitch Penny LLP has appointed two new partners.
Alastair Dunnett and Catherine Rosewell were both previously associate solicitors at the firm's Exeter office. Their promotion to partner is part of the firm's medium term plan to grow its private client and litigation practice, having sold off its defendant insurance practice last year.
Alastair joined Veitch Penny as a trainee solicitor, qualifying in 2009. He specialises in private client matters, including all issues relating to property.
Catherine joined the firm originally as a legal secretary in 1999 before undertaking her legal studies to become a solicitor. She carried out her studies whilst working at Veitch Penny and qualified as a solicitor in January 2010. Catherine specialises in personal injury claims as well as general litigation.
Managing partner Charles Dowell said: "Alastair and Catherine have made outstanding contributions to the firm and we are pleased to welcome them to the partnership.
"Our restructure last year ensured we could concentrate on looking after the legal needs of clients in Exeter and beyond. Alastair and Catherine's experience in private client law and litigation will help us to continue our growth in this market."
The promotion of Alastair and Catherine brings the total number of partners at the firm to five, supported by a team of 15 other legal professionals and support staff.
A former Express & Echo deputy editor has joined full-service marketing and communications agency Oxygen.
Andrew Howard, who worked in a variety of roles after joining the paper in 1992, has been appointed Oxygen's public relations account manager, based at their offices on the Tiverton Business Park.
He said: "I loved working with the talented team at the Express & Echo and am really pleased now to be joining an equally talented team at Oxygen, who I know from my newspaper days are incredibly well respected in the media industry.
"I'm looking forward to working with my new colleagues at Oxygen, who are leaders in their field. I'll be bringing 25 years' experience in local and regional media, mostly in and around Exeter, Mid and East Devon, to help strengthen what is an already impressive team."
Katie Sanders, Oxygen's publicity director, said: "We're really pleased to have recruited someone with such an in-depth understanding of the local media scene.
"Andrew also has an impressive list of contacts which he has built up over almost two decades with the Express & Echo and its sister titles and websites and will be working with us to benefit our clients in a wide range of sectors both in the UK and beyond."
Property consultancyAlder King has appointed Noel Stevens as a partner in the firm's Exeter office. He joins from Capita Symonds in London, where he was a divisional director in the national agency and development team.
Working closely with Ralph Collison, who heads up Alder King's Exeter team, he will deal with agency, investment and development instructions on some of the region's key commercial property developments.
Noel, who is married with two young children, has relocated to Devon from Chelmsford in Essex. He said: "The whole family is excited at making the move to the Westcountry. The combination of this excellent opportunity with Alder King and the prospect of an improved lifestyle for the family was compelling."