National law firm Freeths has made five appointments in its employment and pensions practice.

Nigel Jones has joined the pensions team as director in the Leeds office, having spent over 15 years advising corporates and trustees on workplace pension issues.

He commented: ‘I was looking to join an ambitious and growing national firm with a commercial profile and market presence. I had heard good things about Freeths including its commitment to its people. I haven’t been disappointed; the firm has more than its fair share of accomplished lawyers and I’ve been made to feel very welcome while getting ‘stuck in’ to the work alongside teams from across the firm. I’m looking forward to playing my part in developing the firm’s pensions offering and contributing to the firm’s future success.’

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Amy Brokenshire joins the employment team as director in the Birmingham office. Managing associate Paul Bownes and associate Alex Reid have been appointed in the Leicester office and associate Andrew Dixon has qualified into the Nottingham team.

Brokenshire commented: ‘It is exciting to be joining Freeths as it continues to see growth and success year on year, and being part of the employment team as Rena Magdani takes over as national head. It’s a busy and interesting time for employment lawyers and I will relish the opportunity to support our clients navigating this new landscape.’

Partner and national head of employment, pensions and immigration, Rena Magdani, said: 'I’m delighted to welcome Nigel, Amy, Paul, Alex and Andrew to the team. The employment, pensions and immigration practice has seen a 50% increase in turnover in the last four years, and the last 18 months has seen a significant increase in demand for our services due to Brexit and COVID-19. Our team is recognised for being highly responsive, pragmatic and commercial, and we put our clients at the centre of everything we do. Our aim is to attract and develop the best lawyers and we are actively looking to appoint further high calibre lawyers to grow our team nationally.’