Top 100 law firm Foot Anstey has hired three new legal directors as part of its growth strategy.

Planning and environment lawyer Christian Silk makes the jump from Simmons and Simmons. His arrival boosts Foot Anstey's developer and energy sector credentials and open further opportunities for the firm in advising on infrastructure projects.

Zahir Nayani rejoins Foot Anstey's Islamic finance team from Rosette Merchant Bank where he was general counsel. Zahir's return will widens Foot Anstey's offering in a growing market, with Islamic banks and investors already numbering among the firm's largest clients.

Joanne Boyle brings a wealth of experience to the firm's employment practice from Womble Bond Dickinson, where she rose from trainee to partner over 18 years. She specialises in business transformation projects including proposed restructures and cultural change programmes.

The announcement follows the unveiling of the firm's new strategy last month, which saw it expand its core sectors from four to six.

"While the economic outlook remains uncertain it's vital we continue to invest in talented lawyers," explains partner Nathan Peacey.

"It's a pleasure to welcome Joanne, Zahir and Christian to the firm. Each will play an important role as we grow market share."

The new legal directors all join Foot Anstey's office at Temple Quay, Bristol, which now numbers over 160 staff.