Express Solicitors, a Manchester-based personal injury firm, has made nine new appointments including a partner and associate partner to allow for further expansion.

Partner, Michael Connor joins the employer’s liability team, taking its total number to 36 including 15 solicitors. Michael has over 25 years PI experience and left the law firm he helped to set up in Liverpool – Hayes Connor Solicitors - to join Express Solicitors, where he will specialise in serious accident at work claims.

Chris Hibbert joins as an associate partner and head of the road traffic accident department, which has a 31-strong team with six solicitors. With 20 years of legal experience, Chris has worked at several high profile north west firms and also spent four years in Australia working for the country’s second largest PI practice.

The other new recruits are solicitor - Mark Grist, senior litigation executives – Kevin Davis, Jenn Friedrich, Anna Thompson and Patricia Higgins and associate solicitors – Ruth Magee and So Teng Tang.

James Maxey, managing partner at Express Solicitors said: 'In today’s ever-competitive personal injury market, quality of staff is paramount; it’s fantastic to have found so many talented solicitors that will be able to provide our clients with the high levels of service they’ve come to expect.

'To retain valued staff, we’re always investing in them and have recently built a training department for junior lawyers, as well as a quality and progression department that will help our solicitors and senior fee earners progress their cases to maximise compensation for clients.'