Movers & Shakers: London



Linklaters has appointed Carl Fernandes as a partner in the financial regulation practice. He will be relocating to Asia but will remain in London for a period of time.

CMS has appointed two new partners in its corporate practice. Financial services M&A partner Emma Clark and private equity partner Edward Holmes.

Hogan Lovells has announced 27 new partner promotions effective 1 January 2022. They include London-based: Graham Cutts, corporate & finance (real estate); Anthony Doolittle, corporate & finance (mergers & acquisitions); David Palmer, corporate & finance (capital markets); Hannah Piper, litigation, arbitration and employment (litigation); Penny Powell (global regulatory & intellectual property, media & technology (strategic operations, agreements and regulation); and Tom Smith, litigation, arbitration and employment (international arbitration).

Addleshaw Goddard has hired ex co- head of Fieldfisher’s energy and natural resources team, Matthew Williams, as a partner within its infrastructure projects and energy team.

Irwin Mitchell has appointed Jonathan More as a partner in the construction practice based in the London office. Fieldfisher has appointed barristers Quinton Newcomb and Shiv Haria-Shah as partners to lead a new commercial crime team. The team will be led by Newcomb as head of commercial crime.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Sylvia Noury has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in the latest round of appointments. Noury heads Freshfields’ international arbitration group in London. Specialising in commercial and treaty arbitrations.

Allen & Overy’s Kate Davies McGill has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in the 2021 competition. Davies McGill is a partner in the firm’s international arbitration group.

Herbert Smith Freehills partner Chris Parker has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in England and Wales.

Gaëtan Verhoosel, a founding partner of Three Crowns LLP, has been appointed Queen’s Counsel.

King & Spalding trial & global disputes partner Ruth Byrne has been appointed to the Queen’s Counsel 2021 list.

King & Spalding has announced a number of new counsel, effective 1 January 2022. London-based Jenni Weaver (trial and global disputes) leads the discovery center’s international practice out of the London office.

Dominic Griffiths has been appointed the next managing partner of Mayer Brown’s London office, effective 1 January 2022. Griffiths succeeds Sally Davies who, having held the position since July 2017, will focus on her role as a member of Mayer Brown’s eight-lawyer global management committee.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has announced a number of partner promotions, including Kaisa Kuusk in London. Kuusk is a partner in the corporate department.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has promoted a number of new partners, including two in London. Lee Rubin advises on high-value sourcing deals, particularly in the financial and technology sectors.  Vincent Zabielski advises on a range of construction and infrastructure projects.

Weil Gotshal & Manges has appointed a number of new partners. In the London office Edward Freeman works in the private equity team where he specialises in advising on private equity and mergers and acquisition transactions.  Alexander Horstmann works in the banking and finance group in London as well as the European high yield team, and is admitted as an Attorney at Law in the State of New York.  Hayley Lund is a member of the London disputes and investigations practice, and a member of the international arbitration and trade group.  Jenny Davidson works in the restructuring group in London.

Boies Schiller Flexner has promoted David Hunt and Prateek Swaika to partners in the London office. Hunt focuses on international arbitration, with a particular emphasis on investor-state disputes.  Swaika is an experienced solicitor advocate handling high-value, complex disputes on behalf of funds, banks, corporations, governments, heads of state, and high-net- worth individuals.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has elected a number of new partners, as of 1 January 2022. They include London-based Leo Kitchen, Adam McWilliams and Karabeth Ovenden. Kitchen’s practice centres on complex commercial and financial litigation.  McWilliams focuses his practice on international arbitration, and has deep experience working with infrastructure, construction, energy and mining clients around the world.  Ovenden’s practice focuses on over-the- counter derivative products risk management and related disputes, insolvency matters, and complex commercial and tax disputes.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has announced that four new partners, Wim De Vlieger, Till Lefranc, Isabel Berger and Hugo Hernández-Mancha, are joining the firm’s corporate practice in London.

McGuireWoods LLP has elected 23 new partners effective 1 January 2022. Newly promoted in London are: Karl Hemingway (M&A and energy transactional); and Chloe S. Steele (business & securities litigation).

Milbank LLP has announced that 13 attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership effective 1 January 2022. Promoted in the London office: Kate Colman, a member of the firm’s financial restructuring group; and Ana Grbec, a member of the capital markets group.

Jones Day has named 48 new partners, with effect from 1 January 2022. Newly promoted in the London office are: Philip J. Devenish (global disputes); Ryan Hill (real estate); Hannah Rose (private equity); and Matt Trafford (financial markets).

Dentons has recruited Chris Brennan as a partner in the firm’s UK disputes division.

Wedlake Bell has announced the appointment of George Merrylees as a partner to its private client offshore team. 

Kennedys has announced that it is set to move its London office to the Fenchurch Building (known as the Walkie-Talkie building) in December 2022.

Taylor Wessing has appointed Karel Daele as a partner in the international arbitration group based in London.

Gateley Legal has appointed Ravi Longia as a corporate partner and head of investment funds.

Gowling WLG has welcomed new partner, Tom Pringle, to its UK restructuring and insolvency team.

Partners Natalie Simpkins and Edward Weaver, from Ellisons solicitors, are set to join Capsticks’ defendant personal injury practice in March 2022. BLM has appointed Colin Rogerson, a surrogacy and reproductive rights specialist, as a partner in the family law team based in London.

Simkins LLP has announced the launch of a family department. Partner Deborah Jeff will head the new family team.  Associate Jessica Keal also joins the family department.

BDB Pitmans has announced that it has agreed a merger with Portrait Solicitors. The transaction is due to complete in April 2022.

Hunters Law LLP has elected Henry Hood as the firm’s senior partner, with effect from 1 January 2022. He succeeds Paul Almy, who has fulfilled the role since 2011.

Hogan Lovells has announced 71 new counsel promotions effective 1 January 2022. They include London-based: James Alder, corporate & finance (private equity & funds); Cees Brouwer, corporate & finance (mergers & acquisitions); Clare Douglas, litigation, arbitration and employment (litigation); Tom Eyre-Brook, corporate & finance (tax, pensions & benefits); Dominic Hoar, global regulatory & intellectual property, media & technology (intellectual property, media & technology); Elise Martin, litigation, arbitration and employment (litigation); Aarti Rao, corporate & finance (capital markets); Nathan Sherlock, litigation, arbitration and employment (litigation); Dan Whitehead, global regulatory & intellectual property, media & technology (privacy and cybersecurity); and James Wise, litigation, arbitration and employment (litigation).

Daniel Lund has joined Dentons international trade practice in London.

Taylor Wessing has appointed Elizabeth Montpetit as senior counsel in the international arbitration group based in London.

Aaron Watkins has joined Kingsley Napley’s criminal litigation team to co-head the firm’s new international protection practice.

Reed Smith has appointed asset finance lawyer Andrew Harper as a senior associate in its transportation industry group.

Weil Gotshal & Manges has appointed a number of new counsel, effective 1 January 2022. Newly promoted in the London office are: Aziz Abdul (restructuring); Peter Boulle (private funds); Harriet Fielding (restructuring); Thomas Fisher (private equity); Kirstin Fyffe (private equity); Nicholas Krendel (banking & finance); Andrew Lauder (structured finance & derivatives, niche counsel); Michael McDonald (banking & finance); Laura Murray (real estate); Antony Serban (banking & finance); Emma Serginson (banking & finance); Manjinder Tiwana (private equity); Hein Visser (private equity); Thomas Weatherill (employment litigation, niche counsel); and Martin Weatherston- Wilson (private equity).

Stone King has appointed Ben Phillips as a solicitor in the corporate & commercial team based in London.

Simkins LLP has appointed Oliver Sharp as an associate in the private client team.

Agnieszka Maria Biel, has joined Gherson’s extradition practice.

Blake Morgan has appointed Victoria Hand as its equality, diversity & inclusion (EDI) specialist.

Gunnercooke has appointed Chris Ball as head of recruitment.

Barker Brettell has announced that Priscilla Makovski will be retiring after 44 years with the firm. Makovski was managing partner between 2009 and 2018.

Carpmaels & Ransford has announced the promotion of Rhodri Hopes, Craig Lumb, Emily Nikolic, and Sam Sackville to senior associate, effective 1 January 2022.

NatWest Group has appointed Gideon Moore as chief legal officer and general counsel. Moore will join NatWest on 1 April 2022 and will sit on the bank’s executive committee.

Electrocomponents PLC has announced the appointment of Andy James as acting general counsel and company secretary following the resignation of Ian Haslegrave.

Ian Haslegrave has joined Olam Food Ingredients as president and general counsel.

Standard Chartered plc has announced that qualified lawyer Scott Corrigan has been appointed as interim group company secretary in succession to Amanda Mellor who has left the company.

Numis Corporation Plc has appointed Richard Stewart as general counsel and company secretary with effect from 5 January 2021.

Wise plc has announced the appointment of Jane Fahey as company secretary. Fahey will replace Dean Nash, company secretary and general counsel, in this position.

Climate Asset Management, a partnership between HSBC Asset Management and Pollination, has appointed Amy Merrill as senior legal counsel.

Bidstack Group plc has announced that general counsel, David Garvey, has been appointed as company secretary.

Imperial College London has appointed Grainne Brankin as college secretary and general counsel with effect from January 2022. She takes over from Malcolm Edwards, acting college secretary.

The appointments of 101 new Queen’s Counsel have been announced. In London they are: Rupert Choat (Atkin Chambers), Jacqueline Carey (2 Bedford Row), Laurie-Anne Power (25 Bedford Row), Gemma Farrington (42 Bedford Row), Jessica Boyd, Hanif Mussa, Andrew Scott, Robert Weekes, Victoria Windle (Blackstone Chambers), Sarah Abram (Brick Court Chambers), Laura Johnson (1 Chancery Lane), Estelle Dehon (Cornerstone Barristers), Claire Toogood, Richard Whitehall (Crown Office Chambers), Jude Bunting, Laura Dubinsky, Richard Thomas, Sarah Vine, Liam Walker (Doughty Street Chambers), Alice Mayhew (Devereux Chambers), David Bradly (39 Essex Chambers), Tim Akkouh, Lucas Bastin, Jeremy Brier, Edward Brown, Neil Hart, Emily Wood (Essex Court Chambers), Alan Gardner, Nathan Rasiah (23 Essex Street), Claire Davies (Farringdon Chambers), Alexander Milner (Fountain Court Chambers), Melissa Murphy (Francis Taylor Building), Rhiannon Crimmins (Furnival Chambers), Laura Briggs (1GC Family Law), Nicola Braganza, Liz Davies, Mark Gatley (Garden Court Chambers), Tim Parker (9 Gough Chambers), Simon Howarth (Hailsham Chambers), Nneka Akudolu, Marios Lambis, Gudrun Young (2 Hare Court), Tim Green (Henderson Chambers), Alexander Chandler (1 King’s Bench Walk), Miranda Hill (6 KBW College Hill), Josephine Higgs (7KBW), Joanne Clement (11KBW), Calum Lamont (Keating Chambers), Carine Patry, Galina Ward, Toby Watkin (Landmark Chambers), Jeremy Lewis (Littleton Chambers), Thomas Munby, Andrew Westwood (Maitland Chambers), Zoe Leventhal, Sara Mansoori (Matrix Chambers), Matthew Bradley, Helen Evans (4 New Square), James St. Ville (8 New Square), Sultana Tafadar (No.5 Chambers), Betsan Criddle, Charlie Woodhouse (Old Square Chambers), Sebastian Isaac, James MacDonald, Alexander Polley (One Essex Court), David Grant (Outer Temple Chambers), Joy Brereton, Michael Gration (4 Paper Buildings), Deanna Heer (5 Paper Buildings), Alexander Wright (4 Pump Court), Julian Evans (QEB Hollis Whiteman), Mark Fell, Matthew Weaver (Radcliffe Chambers), Aidan Eardley (5RB), Sophia Roper, Claire Watson (Serjeants’ Inn Chambers), Giles Richardson (Serle Court), Stephen Robins (South Square), Rehana Azib, Lucy Wyles (2TG), Rachel Barnes (Three Raymond Buildings), Tony Beswetherick, Simon Milnes (Twenty Essex), and Farhaz Khan (3 Verulam Buildings).

Littleton Chambers has announced that, from 4 January 2022, Joel Wallace and Georgina Churchhouse will be joining chambers.

2TG has announced that commercial litigation, international arbitration and employment barrister, Emma Walker, joined chambers with effect from 1 January 2022.

Keating Chambers has welcomed Ratan K. Singh as an international member of chambers with effect from 1 January 2022.

Atkin Chambers has announced that Riaz Hussain QC has been elected to the Bench of Gray’s Inn.

Atkin Chambers has announced that door tenant Professor Janet Walker has been appointed to the Order of Canada for her expert legal authority in commercial arbitration and conflict of laws, and for advancing legal procedural standards in Canada.

5 St Andrew’s Hill has announced that Maria Scotland is now qualified to conduct arbitrations in financial matters under the Institute of Family Arbitrators Scheme.

Ayesha Smart, of 33 Bedford Row, has been appointed as chair of the BPC Disciplinary Committee. The BPC is a professional association for psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

12KBW has announced that Charlotte Reynolds and Anna Symington have been elected as joint deputy heads of Chambers.

Brick Court Chambers has welcomed Emilie Gonin as a new tenant. Gonin specialises in investment treaty and international commercial arbitration as well as commercial litigation relating thereto.

Brick Court Chambers has announced that James Wolffe QC will be re-joining Brick Court (where he was a door tenant between 2013 and 2016) as a door tenant in January 2022.

Cloisters has announced that Akua Reindorf has been appointed as an Equality and Human Rights Commissioner.

Professor Áine Ryall, academic panel member at Francis Taylor Building, has been elected as chair of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee.

Francis Taylor Building has announced that Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed as a legally qualified chair of British Equestrian’s judicial panel.

Goldsmith Chambers has welcomed David Martin-Sperry, formerly of Charterhouse Chambers, as a member of the criminal law team.

9 Gough Square has announced that Jennifer Newcomb has been appointed to Level 4 of the CPS advocate panel.

6 KBW College Hill has announced that associate tenant, Matthew Dyson, has been appointed Professor of civil and criminal law at the University of Oxford.

Kate Traynor (call 2019) has joined Landmark Chambers as a specialist property, costs and commercial litigation barrister.

Six Pump Court has announced that Steven Walker QC has been appointed to the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s list of arbitrators.

Monckton Chambers has announced that Philip Moser QC has been elected as a judge of the FIA Courts. The FIA is the governing body for world motor sport.

Julian Hickey has joined Old Square Tax Chambers.

4 Paper Buildings has welcomed Alexandra Wilson.

Ali Bajwa QC has joined QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers with effect from 4 January 2022.

Three Raymond Buildings has announced that Jessica Hocking, Felix Keating and Kiera Oluwunmi are now tenants in chambers following the successful completion of their pupillage.

Red Lion Chambers has welcomed new member Jack Talbot, an experienced advocate who both defends and prosecutes serious criminal and regulatory offences at a senior level.

4 Stone Buildings has announced that Daniel Kessler has been admitted to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands.

Temple Garden Chambers has announced that Keith Morton QC has been elected a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn. 

Derek Sweeting QC has been appointed as a Justice of the High Court assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division with effect from 11 January 2022. Sweeting was called to the Bar in 1983 and took Silk in 2001.


Allen & Overy has hired finance litigation partner, Michael Godden, who will be based in London.

Allen & Overy has hired Kristina Nordlander as a partner in its global antitrust team.

Clifford Chance has appointed Alexandra Davidson, a partner in the firm’s private funds practice in London as the next head of its global funds and investment management group. She will succeed Hong Kong partner, Mark Shipman who has led the 300+ lawyer team for over a decade.

David Kidman is set to join Simmons & Simmons’ dispute resolution practice, as a partner in the product liability team. He will be based in the firm’s London office from 28 March 2022.

Norton Rose Fulbright has promoted 54 lawyers to its partnership, effective 1 January 2022. Newly promoted in London are: Matthew Buckle (litigation and disputes); Zayba Drabu (litigation and disputes); Helen Fairhead (antitrust and competition); Laura Kiwelu (projects); James Lockwood (litigation and disputes); Marianne McMahon (general counsel); Louisa Roe (real estate); Nicolas Sirtoli (corporate, M&A and securities); and Alex Zekkos (banking and finance).

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Madhavi Gosavi as head of banking and finance for Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA), effective 1 January 2022. Gosavi succeeds Chris Brown, who has held the leadership role since 2019.

Norton Rose Fulbright has announced the appointment of Patrick Bourke as head of litigation and disputes for Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA), effective 1 January 2022.

CMS has appointed Toby Sears as a partner in its intellectual property practice in London.

DAC Beachcroft has announced that Ian Plumley and Jon Ogle, have joined as partners in its global insurance practice in London.

Paul Harris has joined Osborne Clarke’s financial services team as a partner

Christopher Williams has joined Eversheds Sutherland’s banking practice in London.

Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of Chris Mills as a partner in London.

Fieldfisher has appointed Shivani Sanghi as a partner in its international arbitration and commercial litigation team in London.

DWF has appointed Lucy Tolond as a partner to its insurance team in London.

TLT has appointed Gemma Townley as a partner in its technology, IP and data team.

Withers has appointed Sarah Melaney as a partner in the tech team.

Russell-Cooke has welcomed Grant Incles as a partner in its personal injury and clinical negligence team.

Winckworth Sherwood has appointed Nicola Balmer as a real estate finance partner.

Baker Botts has announced that David Marshall has joined the firm’s corporate department as a partner.

Reed Smith has promoted 66 lawyers worldwide, effective 1 January 2022. The newly promoted partners in London are: Carl De Cicco (labor, employment & benefits); Simone Goligorsky (energy & natural resources); Nathan Menon (finance); Susan Riitala (asset finance; Suzie A. Savage (commercial disputes); Patrick Sutton (energy & natural resources).

Proskauer has welcomed Barry Newman who joins the firm’s finance practice as a partner based in London.

Proskauer recently announced a number of promotions at the firm. Four of the newly promoted partners are based in the firm’s London office: Tony Downes and Andrew Houghton (both private equity transactions and mergers & acquisitions, corporate); Jordan Hurwitz (private funds, corporate); and Vishnu Shankar (technology, media and telecommunications, and privacy and cyber security, corporate).

David Lewis has joined White & Case’s mergers & acquisitions practice in London as a partner.

Capital markets lawyer, Peter Pears, has joined Mayer Brown’s banking & finance practice in London as a partner.

K&L Gates has welcomed Pete O’Hare as a partner in the finance practice.

Anna Humphrey has joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a partner in London focused on employee incentives and executive compensation.

Morrison & Foerster has elected Danielle Hirsch as a partner in the corporate department based in London.

Seyfarth Shaw has promoted Paul Whinder to partner in the international employment law team based in the London office.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has announced the addition of partners Melanie James and Tim Baumgartner to the firm’s insurance transactional and regulatory practice based in the London office.

Dominic Farnsworth has joined Locke Lord’s intellectual property practice in London as a partner.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has appointed London-based partner Samantha Hutchinson as head of fund finance, UK.

Cohen & Gresser has promoted Daniel H Mathias to partner in the London office.

Bracewell has elected Robert Meade as a partner in the London office.

Goodwin has announced that Sarah Jordan will be joining the firm as a partner in the antitrust & competition practice based in the London office.

Payne Hicks Beach has promoted Chris Weaver to partner.

Wilson Solicitors LLP has announced that Nusrat Uddin has been promoted to partner in the public law team.

Trowers & Hamlins has appointed Charisse Crawford as a partner in its commercial litigation team based in Exeter.

Hodge Jones & Allen has announced the appointment of Simon Egan as a new partner in the Court of Protection and private client department.

Boodle Hatfield has announced the appointment of Clare Stirzaker as a private client partner.

Harneys has made a number of promotions to partner, including Francesca Gibbons (litigation, insolvency and restructuring) in London.

Duncan Lewis has promoted Claire Ryan to director of immigration based in the City of London office.

It has been announced that RadcliffesLeBrasseur and Weightmans have agreed headline terms to merge, with a view to completing a merger of the two firms in early 2022.

BP Collins has moved its London office to 200 Aldersgate in the City.

Goodman Ray is moving to a new address in London – 9 Gough Square, EC4A 3DG.

Linklaters has appointed Greg Baker in the newly created role of global head of practice innovation.

Travers Smith has announced the hire of new senior counsel Harriet Sayer to the firm’s pensions sector group.

Travers Smith has appointed Sanjay Bhandari as non-executive adviser.

Samuel Brewer (financial services & markets), Henriika Hara (financial services & markets) and Adam Short (dispute resolution) have been promoted to senior counsel at Travers Smith, as of 1 January 2022.

Payne Hicks Beach has promoted Charlotte Skea-Strachan to legal director.

Reed Smith has promoted 66 lawyers worldwide, effective 1 January 2022. The newly promoted counsel in London are: Alexander Brandt (transportation); Maccailein Campbell (finance): Daniel B. Ellison (real estate); Katie Grace (finance); Catriona E. Henderson (transportation); Daniel Kyriakides (real estate); Ravi Pattani (global corporate); and Laura-May Scott (global commercial disputes).

Cohen & Gresser has promoted Tim Harris to counsel in the London office.

Vinson & Elkins has announced the promotion of 24 lawyers to counsel, effective 1 January 2022, including Charles Aitchison in the London office.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore has elected Nicoleta D. Lupea and Lawrence J. Verhelst as European counsel of the firm.

Locke Lord has announced the appointment of Giovanni Visintini as senior counsel and Neale Christy as counsel in the firm’s intellectual property practice in London.

Goodwin has announced that 27 lawyers have been promoted to the role of counsel. Newly promoted in London are: Curtis McCluskey (technology), Talitha Shkopiak (life sciences), Genevieve Watt (technology), Simon Woodcock (real estate industry).

Schulte Roth & Zabel has elected Andrew R. Miller as special counsel based in the London office.

Kingsley Napley has announced that Aaron Watkins has joined the firm with effect from 10 January 2022 to co-head its new international protection practice, part of the criminal litigation team.

Goodman Derrick has welcomed Simon Stone as an associate in the corporate team.

Harneys has promoted a number of senior associates to counsel, including Matthew Howson (private wealth) in London.

Duncan Lewis has appointed Gergana Pentcheva as director of immigration based in the City of London office.

Duncan Lewis has appointed Gillian de Freitas as director of the firm’s Court of Protection department, based in the City of London office and representing clients across England and Wales.

Armstrong Teasdale has appointed associate partners Scott Hilton and Ashley Wright to the firm’s London office.

Foran Glennon has appointed Andrea Bapst as an associate in the London office.

Plexus Law, has created a new role within its leadership team with the appointment of Brett Jesson to the partnership as chief revenue officer (CRO), with effect from 17 January 2022.

Forresters has appointed Tas Quayum as chief operating officer.

Gill Jennings & Every LLP has promoted Ross Cummings and Ian Jones to the partnership.

Mewburn Ellis has announced the launch of its inclusion & diversity collaboration group and appointed Robert Andrews as its first ever chief inclusion & diversity officer.

Dehns has appointed Elizabeth Jones as senior partner.

Standard Chartered Bank has announced the appointment of Dr. Sandie Okoro as group general counsel and will be based in the UK.

PagoNxt, Banco Santander’s payment fintech, has announced the appointment of Dean Nash as its new chief legal officer and general counsel.

Clarion Funding plc has appointed Andrew Murray, former partner at Winckworth Sherwood, to join its housing association board.


Ashurst has confirmed the reappointment of Paul Jenkins as the firm’s global CEO.

DAC Beachcroft has appointed Emma- Jane Dalley as a charity law partner.

Pinsent Masons has appointed Max Millington as a banking partner based in the London office.

Weightmans has appointed James Holman as general counsel and to its board as strategic head of risk.

Ince has appointed James Channo as a  partner in the corporate team based in London.

Trowers & Hamlins has expanded with the appointment of partner Sean Donovan- Smith to lead its UK financial services regulatory and investment funds practice.

Howard Kennedy has welcomed Monika Byrska as a partner in its contentious trusts and estates team.

Roland Foord has been re-elected as Stephenson Harwood’s senior partner.

Mishcon de Reya has appointed David Whittaker as a partner in the tax and wealth planning group based in London.

Mishcon de Reya has appointed Alexander Slade as a partner in the international arbitration team.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has appointed Rathi Thiagamoorthy as a disputes partner in the commercial group with effect from 9 February 2022.

Memery Crystal has appointed Leigh Sayliss as a partner in the tax team.

Baker McKenzie has hired Sarah Smith as a partner in the firm’s global restructuring & insolvency group.

Dentons has announced that Aragon St-Charles has been appointed as the firm’s first global head of environmental, social and governance (ESG).

Mayer Brown has welcomed investment funds partner Matthew Griffin to the firm’s corporate and securities practice in London.

Brown Rudnick has elected six new partners, effective 1 February 2022. The newly promoted partners include London- based Ruth Arkley (intellectual property) and Ian Weinstein (white collar defense, investigations & compliance).

Shearman & Sterling has appointed Matthew Skinner as an international arbitration partner in London. Also joining the firm as a partner is Maegen Morrison who specialises in mergers and acquisitions.

Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP recently announced the appointment of partner Christopher Harrison to the firm’s capital markets group in London.

Greenberg Traurig has announced the promotion to shareholder of 60 lawyers firm- wide, including two in London. Tom Dear and Jessica Ganagasegaran, are both members of the firm’s private equity real estate team.

Goodwin has announced that Eric Lim will join the firm’s real estate industry practice as a partner in the London office on 1 March 2022.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has elected 26 new partners across the firm. In  London, Katie Cotton (M&A and private equity) has been promoted.

Sidley Austin has announced the names of its 42 newly elected partners, effective 1 January 2022. The new partners in London are: Gordon Davidson, restructuring; William Gwyn, global finance; Peter McCorkell, labour, employment and immigration; and James Phythian-Adams, insurance.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has announced a series of promotions, three partners and three counsel, across its US and European offices, with immediate effect. In the London office Serena Boscia Montalbano becomes partner in the international arbitration group.

Andrew Mitchell QC, has joined Cohen & Gresser’s white collar defense & regulation practice as of counsel.

Ropes & Gray has appointed Annie Herdman as a partner in the European antitrust team in the London office.

Michelmores has relocated its London office to 100 Liverpool Street.

Andrew Godfrey, a partner in the private client group at Russell-Cooke, has been re-appointed as chair of the STEP Cross-Border Estates Global Special Interest Group steering committee.

Bates Wells has welcomed Eleonor Duhs as a partner and head of data privacy.

Royds Withy King has appointed Julie Killip as a dispute resolution partner based in London.

DMH Stallard has appointed Matthew Akers as a partner in the London litigation practice.

Armstrong Teasdale has announced the appointment of Eniga de Montfort and Nick Heap as partners in the corporate services group.

Harneys has announced that partner Rachel Graham has been appointed managing partner of the firm’s London office.

Davitt Jones Bould has welcomed John Condliffe as a partner. He advises on institutional investment, landlord and tenant, sales, purchases and portfolio management, and property development.

Carter-Ruck has announced the promotion of Persephone Bridgman Baker to partner. Baker’s litigation experience includes breach of confidence and trade secrets disputes.

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP welcome Natalie Todd and Jon Felce to the partnership from PCB Byrne LLP. With 20 years’ experience each, they specialise in complex multi-jurisdictional commercial dispute resolution and will start from 1 April 2022.

Simmons & Simmons has hired Darren Mitchell as its first chief operating officer (COO).

Sidley Austin has announced the names of its 20 lawyers newly promoted to counsel, effective 1 January 2022. Promoted in London, Benedetta Pacifico, capital markets.

Christopher Lock has joined Sidley Austin’s global arbitration, trade and advocacy team as counsel in London.

Sophie Smith has joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP as a London-based counsel.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has announced a number of promotions. In the London office, Jacob Durkin (banking and credit) has been promoted to senior counsel, while Adam J Brunk (real estate) and Josh Buckland (litigation/antitrust) have been promoted to counsel.

Elevate has announced that Amanda Burton and Jeremy Westlake have joined the Elevate board as independent non- executive directors.

Russell-Cooke consultant Peter Cadman has been appointed chair of the review panel of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for examination standards.

Russell-Cooke has been joined by a residential team including consultant Simon Mapstone, senior associate Sarah Reynolds and associate Lara Murrell. The team will be based in Russell-Cooke’s Bedford Row office.

Sacker & Partners has appointed Nadia Krasteva as a legal project manager in the project management team.

Stone King has appointed Rowenna Warburton as a senior associate in the commercial property team based in the London office.

Harcus Parker has welcomed Pierre Welsh and Alvaro Almeida to join the competition law practice.

Lee & Thompson has made a number of senior appointments. Josh Jacobson has been appointed as an associate in the film & TV group. Also joining the film & TV group is specialist compliance assistant, Jonathan Barrett. Nick Harrison has joined the corporate & commercial department as an associate. Neha Solanki joins Lee & Thompson to advise specifically on clients’ employment matters. Meanwhile, Alice McCartney has been appointed as an associate in the dispute resolution department. The dispute resolution department has also welcomed Ikechi Iwenofu who focuses on trade mark work.

Marcia Drummond, an associate at Family Law in Partnership, has become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Weightmans has appointed a dedicated ESG manager. Abhay Srivastava has joined the firm. Srivastava is a qualified engineer with a postgraduate degree in sustainability.

EIP has welcomed solicitor Rita Nissim as an associate in the litigation team, having trained at a specialist IP & technology firm. During her training, she was seconded to EIP for four months, working mainly on patent disputes covering mobile telephony standards and working for a pharmaceutical client. Meanwhile, EIP has been joined by Elijah Lewis as an associate. Lewis is a patent scientist with a background in electronics, IT, mechanics and physics.


Eversheds Sutherland has announced the appointment of lateral partner hire, Alex Carver, as its global co-head of project finance.

Allen & Overy has announced the hire of partner David Herlihy, a specialist in investment arbitration and public international law.

Simmons & Simmons has announced that managing partner Jeremy Hoyland will have his term extended by two years. His tenure as managing partner will end in April 2025. He is currently serving his third term in the role.

DAC Beachcroft has announced the appointment of pensions partner Beth Brown to its employment, pensions and immigration (EPI) group.

Slaughter and May has appointed six new partners in its London office. They are Richard Hilton (corporate and mergers and acquisitions); Kevin Howes (financing); Charles Osborne (tax); Megan Sandler (disputes and investigations); Chris Sharpe (pensions, employment and incentives); and Jonathan Slade (competition – joining the Brussels office later in 2022).

Stephenson Harwood has announced the hire of private wealth specialist Jonathan Conder. Conder advises UK and international private clients, trustees, foundations, family offices and private banks on all aspects of tax, trust, estate and succession planning, as well as regulatory, immigration and philanthropic issues.

Osborne Clarke has appointed three specialist energy and infrastructure partners. John Deacon joins and is an experienced lawyer specialising in energy projects, carbon finance and trading, and infrastructure law with an emphasis on renewable energy and distributed generation, both conventional and unconventional. Dominic O’Brien is an energy and infrastructure project finance specialist. His financing experience covers the entire lifecycle of energy and infrastructure projects, including traditional greenfield project financing, secondary/brownfield acquisition financing, and corporate financing for operational utilities, developers and energy providers. Hannah Roscoe is an energy and infrastructure lawyer who joins from Orrick. She advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial contracts, restructurings, financings and project developments in the sector.

Watson Farley & Williams has announced a new supervisory board in management restructuring. Joining the board in London is Jim Bell, global aviation sector co-head and finance partner. Other members of the board led by George Paleokrassas, senior partner of the firm and global maritime sector co-head, include: Steven Burkill, Asia dispute resolution group head and Bangkok office head; Linh Doan, Asia projects and corporate group head and Hanoi office head; Christian Finnern, Hamburg maritime partner; María Pilar García Guijarro, corporate/M&A partner and Madrid office head; Romain Girtanner, tax partner and Paris office head; and Eugenio Tranchino, corporate/M&A partner and Italy head. In addition to the supervisory board, the firm has also set up a new operations board (led by managing partner Lindsey Keeble) and partnership representative board, as part of its new leadership and management structure.

Wiggin has announced the promotion of  Chris Elliott (betting & gaming), Joanne Gibbs (intellectual property), James Hope (property), Claire Livingstone (digital commerce), and James Peel (film & TV) to the partnership, effective from 1 April 2022.

Lewis Silkin has announced the promotion of Lee Nair and Stephen O’Flaherty to partner. Having been at the firm for nearly ten years, Nair has become a key member of Lewis Silkin’s employment practice, and chairs its specialist TUPE group as well as its contingent workforce group. O’Flaherty has worked within the firm’s immigration practice for nearly a decade, specialising in global mobility issues across the sport, fashion & entertainment, and technology sectors. O’Flaherty advises sports clubs, players and coaches, as well as fashion and entertainment brands – including top modelling agencies and retailers - on the international transfer of talent. He leads Lewis Silkin’s immigration offering in Belfast, following the firm’s launch in Northern Ireland in 2021.

Partner Zöe Mernick-Levene has joined Leigh Day in London as head of the competition practice.

White & Case LLP has welcomed the addition of Paul Yin as a partner in its global debt finance practice in London.

Dechert has appointed Judith Seddon as a partner in its London office. Seddon is a white collar practitioner.

Morrison & Foerster has welcomed Marie-Claire Strawbridge as a partner in its antitrust law/competition and national security practices.

Leigh Smith has joined Locke Lord’s London office as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group.

Deloitte Legal has announced the appointment of Peggy Pauwels as a new partner in its legal management consulting (LMC) team.

Winckworth Sherwood has promoted Aida Smajlovic, Lucy Grimwood, Shree Hindocha and Elizabeth Pipe to partners. In the firm’s education practice, Smajlovic heads up the schools HR team. Grimwood is an experienced finance lawyer, working across social housing finance and joint ventures. Hindocha and Pipe have been promoted to partner in the real estate team.

Wedlake Bell has announced the appointment of new family partner Matthew Brunsdon-Tully, who joins as head of family ADR and innovation. Brunsdon-Tully is also vice-chair of the Resolution pensions, tax & financial remedies committee.

Wedlake Bell has promoted Adam Betts (IP and commercial), Harriet Forster (commercial property), Brad Fearn (construction), Natalie Pilagos (construction) and Lindy Day (projects and infrastructure) to partners in the firm.

Gherson Solicitors has restructured to become an LLP on the 1 April 2022. Senior solicitors Angela Lei and Charles Burnett have been promoted and join Roger Gherson as partners in the new firm. Head of the private practice, Lei is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. Burnett heads the asylum and complex immigration team at Gherson. The firm has also announced that it will be moving to newly designed premises at 17a -19 Harcourt Street, London, W1H 4HF, later this month.

Forsters has promoted six senior associates to partner. They are: James Brockhurst (private wealth); Jade Capper, Amy France and Anthony Goodmaker (all commercial real estate); Caroline Harbord (dispute resolution); and Anna Mullins (property litigation).

gunnercooke has appointed five new partners to its property and construction team, all joining from London-based firm Cannings Connolly. Stuart Wilson, Dan Hall, Jay Bhandal, Jill Roberts and Neil Stafford have joined gunnercooke’s London office and will be providing the full breadth of legal services to clients in the commercial real estate, development, construction and engineering sectors. With experience advising property developers, investors, retailers, contractors, landlords and tenants, agents, insurers, brokers, and consultants, the team cover a broad range of disputes and projects in commercial and residential property and construction.

Harold Benjamin has welcomed the addition of Niten Chauhan, who joins the firm as a partner in the dispute resolution department and as the head of the restructuring and insolvency team.

Devonshires has promoted eight solicitors to partner. Four solicitors are promoted from the firm’s real estates & projects team: Charlotte Sawyer, David Bullock, Philip Evans, and Stavrina Tofallis. From housing management and property litigation, Samantha Grix, Hetal Ruparelia, and Anna Bennett are promoted, as is Karen Morean from the firm’s construction team.

Forsters has announced that Julia Tobbell has joined the firm as a partner within its property litigation practice.

Edwin Coe has promoted Sophia Bompas and Oliver Pannell to the partnership within the restructuring & insolvency and insurance litigation teams respectively.

Level has welcomed family lawyer, Sofia Moussaoui to the firm as a partner.

PGMBM has welcomed the arrival of Alicia Alinia as partner and chief operating officer (UK and Continental Europe).

Nardello & Co has welcomed Alan Kennedy back to the firm as managing director in the London office. Kennedy will lead investigations in established and emerging markets with a focus on the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, Spain, Italy, Latin America and Iran.

Beale & Co has appointed Ross Baker as a partner in London. Baker is an experienced directors and officers (D&O) liability and professional indemnity lawyer, with strong (re)insurance coverage expertise, focusing on claims against D&Os, property professionals, accountants, financial intermediaries, brokers and solicitors.

Dawson Cornwell has appointed divorce lawyer Simon Bruce as a partner after 38 years at Farrer & Co. Bruce is a former president of the Family Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats and has acted in six Supreme Court cases.

Acuity Law has made two partner appointments. Declan Goodwin joins the commercial & technology team as lead partner and will support clients with intellectual property transactions, data protection issues and competition law. Meanwhile, Matt Dodson joins the firm as a client relationship partner.

Chloe Dexter and Matthew Pexton have joined Wedlake Bell as senior associates. Dexter re-joins the firm’s commercial property team, having worked at the firm from 2013-2018. Re-joining the team in January 2022, Pexton advises on a wide range of construction and engineering projects in a variety of sectors, both private and public.

Wiggin has announced the promotions of Sarah Drake (digital commerce) to legal director and Benjamin Simon (corporate) to senior associate.

HFW has announced the promotion of 17 new senior associates, effective 1 April 2022. Newly promoted in London are: Alison Tasker (insurance & reinsurance); Andrew Ross (construction); Daniel Johnson (construction); Simon Banner (insurance/reinsurance); and Stephanie Morton (commodities).

Ropes & Gray has appointed Alexandra Chauvin as a London-based counsel its London-based asset management team. Chauvin advises on the structuring, negotiation and documentation of complex transactions in the secondary market, including structured and synthetic secondaries, traditional portfolio sales, stapled offerings and recapitalisations.

The Maples Group has expanded its fiduciary services offering with the appointment of structured finance specialist Emma Tighe. She joins the Group’s London office as vice president.

Leigh Day has welcomed solicitor Morgan Wolfe to its human rights department. She is a member of the Young Bar advocate executive committee.

Forsters has promoted four senior associates to counsel. They are: Michael Armstrong (private wealth); Polly Reeve (rural property); Amanda Sandys (family); and Bryan Shacklady (dispute resolution).

DKLM has welcomed Ganesh Khatri to the property litigation department as an associate solicitor.

Tom Pemberton has joined Lawrence Stephens as a director in the construction and development finance team.

Joelson has welcomed four lawyers to its real estate practice. Rebecca Thomas re-joins the firm as a senior associate and specialises in residential property including sales, acquisitions, new build, and refinances. Amit Bhangham join the firm as a senior associate and advises on a broad range of transactional real estate matters including acquisitions and disposals. Emma Reed joins as a solicitor and advises on commercial and residential property matters. The firm also welcomes Chris Athanasi as a solicitor in the property litigation team who acts on contentious commercial and residential property disputes on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

Acuity Law has made a number of senior appointments. The real estate team welcomes Liz Gibbons as a senior associate and Beth Gilbert as a paralegal. Meanwhile, the commercial team welcomes Martin Cox, who has over ten years’ experience working in the City of London, as a senior associate, and technology specialist Christian Davies as a consultant.

Arc Pensions Law has welcomed Sally MacCormick to its London office. With more than 16 years’ experience in pensions law, MacCormick advises on a wide range of pensions matters predominantly relating to defined benefit schemes for both trustee and employer clients.

BDB Pitmans has welcomed three additions to its business development and marketing team. Alexa Downing joins as content and public relations manager, having worked in the professional services sector for six years. Natalie Pavelin joins the firm as business development manager.

Sarah Harman joins as senior events executive with over five years’ experience in the legal sector. She specialises in the organisation of professional services and brand events.

Acuity Law has made a number of appointments to the support team. Shaun Perry joins as talent acquisition manager and Rachel Forsey joins as client delivery manager. Meanwhile, Acuity has appointed Callum Evans as credit controller and Harrison Barrett as legal cashier.

Withers & Rogers has promoted three patent attorneys to the firm’s partnership. In the London office, Ben Palmer has been made partner. With a background as an automotive engineer at Toyota, Palmer joined the firm in 2018. His expertise spans a wide range of automotive technologies, including those for use in the development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), as well as other high performance and off-highway vehicles and emission reduction systems.

Finnegan has announced that Darren Jiron will serve as managing partner of the firm’s London office, effective 1 April 2022. In this role, Jiron will focus on leading the firm’s strategy in the UK and Europe, working closely with leadership in the firm’s Munich office. Jiron has a special interest in helping high-tech and fast-growing companies craft patent plans to block competitors and build corporate value. His experience covers a wide range of technology areas, including machine vision, optics, software and sensor- based control systems, user interfaces, medical devices, artificial intelligence, computer architecture, consumer electronics, advanced materials, batteries, and green energy. The London office also recently welcomed Amanda Murphy, Ph.D., who relocated from the firm’s Washington, DC office to London to support life sciences clients in the UK and Europe. Her practice focuses on strategic client counseling, portfolio management, and patent prosecution for a range of clients, including small start-up companies, research foundations, and large biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Reddie & Grose has announced a number of promotions including the creation of two new partners. Joining the partnership with effect form 1 April 2022 are Georgina Ainscow and Zack Mummery.. Ainscow sits in the electrical, electronics & software team and is a member of the energy & renewables group. Mummery joined the firm in 2011 after obtaining a first class MSci degree in chemistry from the University of Bristol and qualified as a European and UK Patent Attorney in 2015. He assists large multinational corporations, SMEs and start- ups operating in the chemistry and pharmaceutical technologies. Mummery has a wealth of experience drafting new patent applications and managing large patent portfolios covering developed and emerging markets.

EIP has welcomed Mark Lubbock as a partner. Lubbock is a commercial technology and privacy lawyer who advises clients on a wide variety of both contentious and non- contentious matters.

EIP has announced three promotions to its partnership. Tom Brazier is based in the London office and is an IP solicitor within the litigation team with ten years’ experience.

Reddie & Grose has promoted Stephen Lupini, Alex Cope and Adam Kelvey to senior associates, with effect from 1 April 2022. Lupini joined the firm in 2018, having previously worked at another London-based firm of patent attorneys. He handles patent work in the mechanical, electrical and consumer product fields. Lupini sits in the electrical, electronics & software team and is a member of the energy & renewables group. Cope joined the firm in the electrical, electronics & software team in 2014 having completed a master’s degree in physics at the University of Exeter. He handles patents within the electrical, electronics & telecoms and software & business methods fields. His main areas of expertise include audio and video signal processing, data encryption, telecommunications and semiconductor devices. He has an interest in the renewable energy sector and has experience handling patent applications relating to solar cell power conversion and control units for wind turbines. Kelvey joined Reddie & Grose in the engineering, materials & consumer products team in 2014 after graduating from the University of Oxford with a master’s degree in materials science. He handles patents in the engineering, materials and consumer products fields.

The Very Group, which operates digital retailer, has announced the appointment of Charlotte Heiss as group general counsel and company secretary. She will join the business’ executive team in May 2022.

Ericsson has appointed Scott Dresser as chief legal officer and head of group function legal affairs and compliance.

Amber Group, a global digital asset platform, has appointed Ehsan Haque as its general counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Microsaic Systems plc has announced the appointment of Robert Moore as an independent non-executive director of the company.

Fox Marble Holdings plc, the AIM listed company focused on marble quarrying and processing in Kosovo and the Balkans region, has announced that Sir Mark Lyall Grant will be joining the board as a non- executive director from 3 April 2022.

JTC plc, a global provider of fund, corporate and private wealth services to institutional and private clients, has appointed Kate Beauchamp as an independent non-executive director with effect from 24 March 2022. She has also been appointed as an additional member of the board’s audit and risk, nomination and remuneration committees. Beauchamp is a qualified lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in both private and commercial practice and in the provision of corporate and legal advisory services in both the UK and USA.

XXIV Old Buildings has elected Elspeth Talbot Rice QC as head of chambers, effective 1 April 2022. Talbot Rice succeeds Alan Steinfeld QC, who has served as head of chambers for over 23 years (for all but the past seven years jointly with Martin Mann QC).

25 Bedford Row has welcomed Justin Rivett as a member of chambers. He has specialised in criminal defence for over 30 years.

1 Crown Office Row has welcomed Marcus Coates-Walker as a new tenant. Coates-Walker was called in 2013 and has a specialist practice in clinical negligence, inquest and personal injury work, in addition to being a trained mediator.

Cornerstone Barristers has been joined by Jack Barber and Verity Bell as tenants following the successful completion of their pupillages.

Cornwall Street Barristers has appointed Oliver Woolhouse, a specialist criminal practitioner, as head of chambers. Woolhouse (call 1996) has been at Cornwall Street since 2003 when he joined No6 Fountain Court, which was the predecessor to Cornwall Street. He has been head of the criminal team since 2017.

Jonathan Storey, of Cornwall Street Barristers, has been appointed as a legally qualified chair and legal assessor for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. Storey is a specialist practitioner in the field of professional regulation.

Doughty Street Chambers has welcomed Mukhtiar Singh as a member of the employment, discrimination and equality law team. Singh has a particular focus on cases involving whistleblowing, discrimination, and business and commercial ethics.

Erskine Chambers has welcomed Look Chan Ho as an associate member. He is based at Des Voeux Chambers in Hong Kong and specialises in corporate insolvency and restructuring, with a particular emphasis on cross-border matters.

2 Bedford Row has announced that Jim Sturman has been appointed to the advisory board of Middle East Sports Law, a trilingual (Arabic-English-French) publication and legal resource for sports lawyers operating and arbitrating throughout the world but with a Middle Eastern emphasis.

Farrar’s Building has announced that. With effect from 1 April 2022, Patrick Harrington QC has retired from practice at the Bar. Harrington was called to the Bar in 1973 and took silk in 1993. He was a member of Farrar’s Building for 28 years and was head of chambers for 15 years.

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has welcomed Ramya Nagesh as a new tenant. Nagesh specialises in inquest, professional discipline, inquiry, business crime and general public law.

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers has announced that Ben Blades (call 2021) has accepted an offer of tenancy with chambers.

Guildhall Chambers has welcomed James Lewis-Bale as a member of the employment & discrimination team. Lewis- Bale was called in 2018 and his practice encompasses the broad spectrum of employment and associated commercial claims in the Employment Tribunal and Civil Courts.

Following the completion of their third six probationary tenancies, Caitlin Evans and James Fuller have become full members of Guildhall Chambers. Evans is a member of the crime team and Fuller a member of the property and estates team. Prior to being called to the Bar, Fuller worked as a solicitor, specialising in agricultural and rural property law.

Hailsham Chambers has been joined by Georgia Purnell as a tenant. Purnell, who was called to the Bar in 2018, practises exclusively in professional liabilities and commercial litigation.

2 Hare Court has welcomed Madeleine Wolfe (previously of 23 Essex Street) as a new tenant. Wolfe prosecutes and defends serious criminal offences across the spectrum. She has a particular expertise in examining and cross-examining children, the most vulnerable adults, and those who suffer mental health issues.

2 Hare Court has announced that Jack Gilliland has accepted an invitation to join chambers, following the successful completion of his pupillage. He specialises in criminal defence and prosecution. In the field of professional discipline, he has represented professionals appearing before major healthcare regulators.

11KBW has announced that, upon completion of his pupillage, Oliver Jackson has accepted an offer of tenancy, effective 1 April 2022. Jackson has a particular focus on public, commercial, public procurement, data protection, and employment law matters.

9 Bedford Row has welcomed Adam Kirke, Lucy Kinder and Doug Wotherspoon, who have accepted offers of tenancy following the successful completion of pupillage. Kirke has previously worked as an investigator for the Serious Fraud Office and has also worked as a conflicts analyst for Herbert Smith Freehills. Kinder comes to the Bar with considerable experience in government policy and journalism. Prior to beginning pupillage, Kinder was head of economic crime and criminal law reform at the Ministry of Justice. Before joining the civil service, she worked on a government- commissioned review of prison education reform. She began her career as a journalist and wrote for the Daily Telegraph for three years, covering domestic and foreign affairs, politics and sport. Wotherspoon has experience at a criminal litigation practice known for representing high-net-worth and high-profile individuals, specialising in serious and general crime, and fraud and financial crime.

Katharine Elliot (call 2016) has joined Landmark Chambers. She has a diverse practice encompassing planning, environment and public law with particular expertise in Court of Protection, mental health, education, election and tax matters.

Landmark Chambers has announced that Justin Bates has become an honorary member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners.

New Square Chambers has welcomed Amy Berry as a new member. Berry’s practice consists of litigation in the private client area, including challenges to wills and trusts, administration of estates, farming and trust of land disputes. She also advises on non-contentious applications in the probate court, applications to vary trusts, approval of compromises, drafts trust and will clauses.

4 New Square Chambers has welcomed Matthew Waszak as a member of the costs team. He joins 4 New Square after almost eight years in practice at Temple Garden Chambers. Waszak specialises in all aspects of costs litigation and litigation funding.

3PB has announced the selection of Seb Oram and Rebecca Farrell, as commercial group head and deputy, respectively, following the end of Marc Brittan’s tenure. Oran joined 3PB in 2009 and practises in professional liability. Farrell became a tenant at 3PB in 2018, and has a practice in commercial and chancery litigation, particularly insolvency.

Craig Ludlow, head of the employment & discrimination law team at 3PB, has been appointed to the editorial board of the Employment Lawyers Association (UK Briefing magazine).

Pump Court Chambers has welcomed Rebekah Batt to chambers following successful completion of her pupillage.

Patricia Tueje, a senior member of the housing and community care team at 1 Pump Court, has been elected as co-chair of the Housing Law Practitioners’ Association.

Cloth Fair Chambers has confirmed the appointment of Annaleen Stephens to the permanent post of chambers director with effect from 1 April 2022.

New Square Chambers has announced that Billie Campbell has been promoted to assistant practice manager.

9 Bedford Row has announced that chambers director, Martin Secrett, has been elected as the vice-chair of the Institute of Barristers Clerks and to the newly created position of criminal secretary.

Drystone Chambers has announced that Lewis Witt has joined its practice management team. He has previously worked in the clerking team at Garden Court Chambers.


Clifford Chance has hired Zayed Al Jamil, a technology, media and telecoms lawyer, who joins as partner in the firm’s tech group, based in London. He joins the firm on 1 May 2022.

Simmons & Simmons has welcomed Serra Tar to the firm’s energy, natural resources and infrastructure team. She joins as a partner in the London office.

Simmons & Simmons has announced a double hire to its real estate team in London, with the arrival of Jonathon Wilkes and Ashley Davidson as partners.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) has made 31 partner promotions with effect from 1 May 2022. They include London- based Ben Brown (corporate); Charlotte Cartwright (pensions); Elizabeth Coleman (competition); Simon Davies (corporate); Ceri-Ann McGraa (corporate); Ruth Paley (FSDI); and Stefanie Sahla-Jones (financial services).

Addleshaw Goddard has invited 20 lawyers to join its partnership, as of 1 May 2022. Promoted in London are: Cecile Burgess (commercial disputes); Mark Chesher (commercial disputes); Sivan Daniels (finance litigation); Liam Diggins (investment management group); Natalie Hewitt (finance); Ian Kynoch (finance); Will Smith (infrastructure, projects & energy); and Natasha Winter (commercial disputes).

DAC Beachcroft has appointed restructuring and insolvency partner Joe Bannister to develop the firm’s London focused R&I practice.

Shoosmiths has appointed specialist financial services disputes resolution lawyer Andrew Bowden-Brown as a partner in London.

CMS has announced the promotion of 60 new partners. Newly promoted in London are: Valentina Santambrogio (corporate); Kate Badr (corporate); Jackie Vallat (competition); Kerry Langton (finance); Tom Hughes (finance); Chris Bradshaw (insurance & reinsurance – contentious); Rob Whiddett (real estate finance) and Jacob Gilkes (tax).

Clarke Willmott has expanded its planning and environment team with the appointment of a new partner. Marianne Barker joins the firm with over 20 years’ experience of contentious and non- contentious planning law.

DLA Piper has appointed Emma Dowden-Teale as a partner to head its contentious public law team.

DLA Piper has appointed Iain Elder as a new partner in the firm’s international projects practice in London.

Farrer & Co has announced 12 partner promotions with effect from 1 May 2022: Jeremy Isaacson (IP & commercial), Isabel Paintin (private client), Claire Randall (private client), Thomas Rudkin (dispute resolution), Elizabeth Sainsbury (trust, will & estate disputes), Frederick Tatham (family) and Hugh Wigzell (residential property). Five of the promotions are from business services: Andy Beech (IT), Julian Eastlake (CFO), Anna Gregory (marketing & business development), Suzanne Hulls (HR) and Katherine Wilde (knowledge, learning and development).

Suzanne Reeves, head of Wedlake Bell’s construction team until 2020, will retire as partner on 1 April 2022, but is staying on as a consultant at the firm.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has announced the appointment of Victoria Blanchard as a partner in the real estate disputes practice in the UK.

Macfarlanes has announced the appointment of eight new partners with effect from 1 May 2022. Rasmus Berglund (tax) is an incentives lawyer with a particular interest in employee share plans, UK and international incentive arrangements and regulatory remuneration issues. Chris Daniel (investment management) focuses on advising alternative asset managers on establishing and operating private funds and separate managed accounts, with a focus on credit strategies. Thomas French (corporate and M&A) advises on a broad range of corporate matters, including acquisitions and disposals, private equity transactions and joint ventures. Andrew Hughes (real estate) specialises in advising clients on direct and indirect equity investments into real estate. Charlie Maydon Grace (private client) advises international families, trustees and family offices on a wide range of tax, trust law, HMRC enquiries and estate planning issues. Harriet Miller (investment management) works on all aspects of private funds work, predominately focusing on fundraising for which she represents both fund managers and investors. Nicholas Page (corporate and M&A) advises on a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including private equity, strategic M&A, joint ventures and restructurings. Tim Redman (corporate and M&A) is a corporate lawyer who concentrates on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, public takeovers, joint ventures and other corporate transactions.

Mishcon de Reya has announced the appointment of Dee Aylward as a partner in its residential property team.

Stone King has welcomed charity lawyer Rosamund McCarthy Etherington as an equity partner.

Osborne Clarke has made a number of partner promotions in the London office with effect from 1 May 2022. Jonathan Crowley advises clients within the advertising, media and communications sector and has particular experience of advising management teams and companies on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments and general corporate matters. Ben Dunham is a specialist in the field of media and digital technology, and part of the technology, media and communications sector team. His practice focuses on advertising and consumer law, digital regulation and data protection and e-privacy. Deborah Harvey is co-head of the international energy innovation subsector, leads the hydrogen group and she is a core member of the decarbonisation team and the energy regulatory advisory group. Jonathan Mills advises on a variety real estate sector matters, including energy and utilities, technology, investment, and development, as well as international expansion and growth. Nick Price is a financial services sector specialist, who advises regulated firms who are at risk of investigation or enforcement action by regulators, and acts in disputes in the payments, crypto assets, and fintech sectors.

Penningtons Manches Cooper has made five partner promotions in London. Adele Ashton joined the firm in 2017 and is a member of the firm’s reputation management and privacy practice. She will lead the reputation management and privacy team alongside fellow partner Jeremy Clarke-Williams. Michaela Britton joined the firm’s corporate team in 2016. She has particular expertise in cross-border transactions and advises businesses, family offices, wealth management firms and high- net-worth individuals on all matters relating to business expansion, group reorganisation and restructuring, acquisition and disposal of assets. James Harrison trained at legacy firm Manches and is part of the commercial dispute resolution team. He has a particular expertise in corporate disputes, including shareholder disputes and breach of warranty claims. Harrison is also a member of the restructuring and insolvency team, focusing on contentious insolvency issues. Family lawyer Tammy Knox joined the firm in 2017. She is highly experienced in international children disputes and has also established a strong reputation for complex financial matters and domestic children cases. Ex- mariner Tony Riches is a shipping lawyer who advises ship owners, salvors, charterers, P&I clubs and property insurers on both wet and dry shipping issues. His speciality is assisting with legal and practical issues arising from marine casualties including collision liability, charterparty disputes, cargo claims, general average, limitation, regulatory investigations, jurisdictional issues and wreck removal contracting. He has particular expertise in unsafe port and ice navigation claims, as well as pollution liability and charterparty issues arising from measures to decarbonise shipping. He is experienced in Admiralty and Commercial Court proceedings and London arbitration, including LOF salvage arbitration. Prior to the law, Tony was a Royal Navy Officer for over eight years serving at sea worldwide, including Antarctica.

Clyde & Co has announced the promotion of 23 equity partners across its global network, effective 1 May 2022. Newly promoted London-based partners are: Marta Jarque Branguli (energy, marine & natural resources); Giovanna Cabbia (energy, marine & natural resources); Laura Coates (projects & construction); Nicholas Harding (aviation); Christopher Leadbetter (projects & construction); and Marie-Anne Moussalli (energy, marine & natural resources).

Clyde & Co has appointed Rob Crossingham as a partner in its global insurance practice, based in London.

Partners at Clyde & Co and BLM have agreed to a merger between the two firms, which will become live in July 2022. The combined entity will be known as Clyde & Co. BLM, a UK and Ireland law firm, focuses on insurance risk and commercial law with a particular focus in casualty, personal injury, healthcare and professional liability. Clyde & Co’s specialises in the sectors that underpin global trade and commercial activity, namely: insurance, infrastructure, aviation, energy, marine, and natural resources. BLM will become part of Clyde & Co’s global insurance practice, with the majority of its lawyers joining the new entity’s casualty insurance practice, with other sizable groups joining professional liability, healthcare and business advisory teams.

Dechert has announced that Richard Pugh has re-joined the firm’s global finance practice as a commercial real estate finance and securitisation partner based in London.

FisherBroyles has appointed Paul- Michael Rebus as a partner in the London office. Rebus is dual-qualified – in English and New York law – as a securities lawyer.

Boies Schiller Flexner has announced that Timothy Foden has joined the firm’s London office as a partner in the international arbitration group.

King & Spalding has recruited energy partner Nina Howell to its corporate, finance and investments (CFI) practice group in London. Howell has more than 20 years of experience advising clients across the energy sector,

Dentons has announced the promotion of nine new partners in the UK, Ireland and Middle East (UKIME) region. The promotions take effect on 1 May 2022. The new London- based partners are: Laura Gowing (real estate); James Ingham (banking); and Michele Vas (planning).

Dentons has announced that James Batham will be joining the firm as co-clients and markets partner in the firm’s UK, Ireland and Middle East (UKIME) region. He will join existing clients and markets partner, Martin Fanning.

Squire Patton Boggs has announced six senior hires, spanning four offices, to its data privacy, cybersecurity & digital assets practice. David Naylor joins the firm’s London office as a partner. He will serve as head of the firm’s UK data privacy, cybersecurity & digital assets practice, continuing to work on high-value commercial technology transactions and data privacy and cybersecurity matters. Malcolm Dowden joins the firm’s London office as a partner. Dowden has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer with a focus on technology, data protection, privacy and electronic communications in the UK.

Richard Hanson has joined Morgan Lewis as a partner in London.  Hanson focuses on structured finance, securitisation, and fund finance.

Keystone Law has announced the arrival of ten new partners to the firm. The new appointments are: Michael Holter (corporate), Rupert Weber (corporate). Ed John (commercial property), Simon Mackie (private client), Keith Gilbert (corporate), Paul Toolan (corporate), Stephen Fuller (corporate) , Amanda Lloyd (residential property), Minesh Patel (commercial property), Ruth Hite (insurance).

Bates Wells has announced three promotions to partner. Sung-Hyui Park is a member of the firm’s purpose and impact practice, where she supports businesses, charities and social enterprises seeking to have a positive impact through their operations and activities. She joined the firm in 2016. Catharina Waller is a dual-qualified chartered trade mark attorney and European patent attorney. She joined the firm in 2014 and now becomes one of 13 part-time partners at the firm. Claire Whittle is a member of the firm’s public & regulatory team. She returned to work in March 2022 from maternity leave and also works part- time. She joined the firm in 2015. Meanwhile, Erica Crump, the firm’s head of culture and creative, has been promoted to the senior partnership.

Boyes Turner has appointed Sarah Williamson as partner and head of the commercial & technology team.

Wallace LLP has announced the appointment of James Williams as a partner in the employment team.

ONTIER LLP has announced the expansion of its London office with Aoife Keane joining as a partner, and Felicity Potter being promoted from senior associate to partner. At ONTIER, Keane will represent companies and high- net-worth individuals in a range of high-value domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes, predominantly in the financial services and technology sectors. Potter joined ONTIER at the start of 2021 as a senior associate in the London litigation practice, specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration working on high-value, complex and multi- jurisdictional disputes.

William Sturges has appointed Martin Donoghue as a partner in the company & commercial team. He has a particular focus on the medical and technology sectors.

Stowe Family Law LLP has announced its acquisition of London-based family law firm, Chapman Pieri. The family law team in Southgate will be led by Stowe managing partner Phoebe Turner.

Capsticks has announced a number of promotions, including two equity partners and 11 salaried partners. The new equity partners are: Lee Clarke (corporate and commercial), a specialist in capital projects, procurement, construction and decarbonisation schemes; and Kate Steele (regulatory), a specialist in regulatory law, advising regulators such as the Teaching Regulation Agency, the General Dental Council, the General Chiropractic Council and the Health and Care Professions Council on their fitness to practise cases and optimising both processes and efficiency. The 11 new salaried partners include London-based: Kate Cornelius, Charlotte Millar, Jonathan Smith (all claims); Nicola Butterworth (employment); Dylan Young (litigation); Anna Holdsworth, Keziah Pearson and Jenny Wood (all regulatory).

Simmons & Simmons has appointed its first global head of ESG, Sonali Siriwardena. She joins Simmons on 20 April 2022 and will be based in the firm’s London office.

Eversheds Sutherland has welcomed Piers Doggart to the firm’s inquiries and investigations team.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) has promoted 17 lawyers to legal director, with effect from 1 May 2022. In London, Penelope Jarvis (commercial) has been promoted.

CMS has appointed barrister Kitty St Aubyn as a senior associate in the corporate crime practice in London. St

Osborne Clarke has announced the promotion of Claire Bowles to legal director in the London office with effect from 1 May 2022.

Charles Russell Speechlys has appointed Tom Henderson as head of trusts. Henderson is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser with over 25 years’ experience advising private clients and trustees.

Squire Patton Boggs has announced six senior hires spanning four offices to its data privacy, cybersecurity & digital assets practice. George Wheeler-Carmichael joins the firm’s London office as a consultant. Wheeler-Carmichael specialises in UK technology-related commercial matters, data protection and information governance.

BP Collins has appointed Marko Ilincic to its board as non-executive chairman.

Senior associate Sukhvinder Chana has joined Carey Olsen’s London office as a member of the firm’s Guernsey corporate and finance practice.

Richard Bennett has been promoted to counsel in Ogier’s investment funds team based in London.

Goodman Derrick has announced that Kai Jones has joined the private client team as a senior associate.

Capsticks has welcomed the arrival of legal director Deborah McClean. For over 20 years, McClean has defended road traffic accidents, employers’ liability and public liability, health and safety law, occupational health and disease claims. Her

Capsticks has promoted four legal directors to support a range of the firm’s public and private sector clients: Emma Kurzner (advisory); Ed Mellor (claims), Saira Ramadan (employment) and Nalton Stembari (housing and regeneration), all based in the London office. In addition the firm has promoted seven new principal associates, they include London-based Javeria Rauf and Rachel Shapton-Smith (both corporate and commercial).

Bellevue Law has been joined by private client specialist Harriet Atkinson as a senior consultant to launch the firm’s probate and estate administration service.

Capsticks has announced that Michelle Fox, in business services, has been promoted to head of talent and diversity.

AA Thornton & Co converted from a partnership to AA Thornton IP LLP on 1 April 2022.

Dehns has announced a number of promotions effective from 1 April 2022. In the London office, Jennifer Waters (engineering group) and Christopher Wilkins (biotechnology group) have become partners in the firm.

J A Kemp has announced the promotion of two associates to the position of partner. Guy Brain joined the firm’s chemistry and pharmaceuticals group in 2011.

Powell Gilbert has announced the promotion of senior associates Tess Waldron and Joel Coles to the partnership. Waldron represents life sciences and consumer electronics companies, having particular experience in relation to SEP/FRAND licensing disputes involving patent and competition law issues. Coles, an experienced patent litigator, with a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, has worked on a number of high-profile cases in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields.

Kilburn & Strode has promoted, London-based Jamie Atkins (life sciences & chemistry), Caelia Bryn-Jacobsen (tech) and Greg St Clair Jones (tech) to partners.

Abel & Imray has promoted Alex Crick to senior associate. Crick specialises in computer-implemented inventions, including image and video processing, AI and machine learning systems, healthcare apps, telecommunications, control systems, and virtual and augmented reality systems.

Dehns has announced a number of promotions effective from 1 April 2022. In the London office, Conor McLaughlin (engineering group) has become an associate at the firm.

Powell Gilbert has appointed Adam Mackinnon as an associate. Mackinnon has a background in the life sciences and holds a master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Oxford. He has experience over a range of contentious IP matters, including patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and telecommunications fields and trademark litigation.

Kilburn & Strode has promoted Rob Coates (tech) to counsel in the London office.

Crowe UK, the professional services firm, has promoted Stephen Adshead to ‘partner, general counsel’. Adshead joined Crowe in 2017 as its first general counsel.

National legal and professional services group Ampa has promoted partners Simon Robinson (real estate partner at Shakespeare Martineau) and Martin Usher (personal injury partner at Lime Solicitors) to head up its London office hub.

Konexo, developed by Eversheds Sutherland to provide global consulting and alternative legal and regulatory services, has appointed Francesca Turquet as partner.

Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has promoted Tristan Mutimer to legal services partner in the London office. Mutimer joined RSM in 2017 to establish RSM’s corporate legal services. Meanwhile, RSM has promoted Jennifer Mansoor to associate director in the employment legal team.

Accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson has appointed Caroline Crampton- Thomas as employment law advisory manager.

7BR has appointed Rachel Langdale QC as head of chambers. She succeeds civil and criminal fraud specialist Collingwood Thompson QC who will continue to practise at 7BR. Former chair of the Bar Council’s professional ethics committee and 2019 chair of the Bar Council Conference, Langdale practises in children law, judicial review and public inquiries.

International arbitration barrister, commercial litigator Patrick Heneghan has joined the commercial and construction & engineering teams at 3PB.

Gatehouse Chambers has welcomed Sam Karim QC. He specialises in domestic and international commercial arbitration, procurement, Court of Protection/private client, and public inquiries/judicial review/civil liberties. He acts as counsel in arbitrations and also sits as a panel or sole arbitrator. Karim also practises from Kings Chambers in Manchester.

42 Bedford Row has welcomed Zoe McGrath to the family group. McGrath is a former solicitor who has over 20 years’ experience specialising in both public and private law children matters. She often represents vulnerable individuals with mental health of personality difficulties.

5RB has announced that following Desmond Browne QC’s decision to take up associate membership of chambers and step down as head of chambers with effect from 13 April 2022, Adrienne Page QC has become joint head of chambers with Justin Rushbrooke QC.

1 Chancery Lane and 9 Gough Chambers have agreed to merge to form a new set that will be known as 5 Norwich Street. Once the merger is completed in the Autumn of 2022, all members and staff from 1 Chancery Lane will join those from 9 Gough Chambers in their existing premises at 5 Norwich Street. Jacob Levy QC and Simon Readhead QC will be joint head of chambers.

5 Essex Court has welcomed Sarah Taylor as a member of chambers. She has an academic background in human rights law.

23 Essex Street has announced that Tim Grey has been appointed to the investigations committee of ICAEW. He will sit on the full range of cases dealt with in compliance and professional conduct. He has extensive experience in professional discipline, financial regulation & fraud, health & safety and coronial law.

Farrar’s Building has been joined by James Nieto. Nieto is an experienced junior with a wide range of expertise including personal injury, property, general common law, public law, judicial review, and regulatory and disciplinary matters.

Foundry Chambers has welcomed Liam Gregory (call 2004) and Vanessa Mistry (call 2008) as members of the criminal team.

1GC Family Law has been joined by Emily Verity (call 2003). She is a children practitioner with a strong reputation in public law and has specialised in recent years in non-accidental injury, radicalisation and abuse cases.

9 Gough Chambers has announced that Madeleine Miller and Louise Thomson have accepted offers of tenancy following the successful completion of their pupillages.

Six Pump Court has been joined by James Harrison following the successful completion of his pupillage.

Cloisters has announced that Linda Jacobs has been appointed assistant coroner to London Inner South. Jacobs specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, general healthcare law (particularly inquests and CICA appeals), and regulatory work (particularly GMC and NMC).

McNair Chambers is launching in London with a new global headquarters under the new brand name of McNair International and based in Middle Temple. The London office will be led by Khawar Qureshi QC, who is leaving Serle Court to base himself entirely at McNair International. Dominic Dowley QC, a litigation silk, and two Serle Court senior juniors are part of the expanding McNair team. In March 2022, McNair took on Daniel Greineder. Others who have recently joined include the former head of international assistance at the UK Serious Fraud Office, Anthony Wilson, who is in charge of the group focusing on sanctions, fraud and regulatory disputes.


Eversheds Sutherland has announced the lateral hire of Anupreet Amole, as partner in the firm’s corporate crime and investigations team.

Rashpal Soomal has joined Eversheds Sutherland as a partner in the firm’s real estate litigation team. Her particular specialism is in the area of rights of light where she regularly advises on strategy, risk mitigation measures such as placing agreed conduct insurance policies or implementing s203, and dealing with litigation.

Eversheds Sutherland has announced the arrival of lateral partner hire, David Wilkinson. Wilkinson has more than  20 years’ experience advising clients on a variety of IP and technology-related disputes and transactions involving patents, trademarks, copyright, designs and confidential information. His focus crosses a range of sectors including financial services, fintech, consumer goods, technology and media.

Justin D’Agostino, CEO at Herbert Smith Freehills, has been elected to the International Chamber of Commerce’s executive board, effective from 1 July 2022 for a three-year term.

Clifford Chance has welcomed partner Matthew Dunn back to the firm where he joins the global leveraged finance practice. He has extensive experience in cross-border and complex financings

Clifford Chance has announced that Don McCombie has joined the firm as an intellectual property (IP) partner, based in London. McCombie has advised on IP and commercial disputes before the English Courts, the European Patent Office, the UK and EU Intellectual Property Offices, and in arbitrations.

Freshfields has appointed Sarah Parkes as its global head of dispute resolution in succession to Andrew Hart who will return to his practice at the firm. Parkes has been head of the London dispute resolution group since 2019 and has been a partner in the dispute resolution group since 2008. She specialises in complex financial services litigation, investigation, and regulatory enforcement proceedings.

Hogan Lovells has announced new appointments to the firm’s board. These include Karen Hughes who joins the board in her second term on the ‘at large’ seat. Based in London, she co-leads the global tax, pensions & benefits practice and is a member of the firm’s corporate & finance leadership team. Her practice involves advising multinationals on a range of corporate tax matters, particularly in international M&A and structuring.

Norton Rose Fulbright has announced the appointment of intellectual property partner Jonathan Ball, who re-joins the firm’s IP practice in London. Ball, who was previously an IP partner and head of risk advisory, Europe, Middle East and Asia at the firm, has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on a range of IP disputes, with a particular focus on patent enforcement.

Norton Rose Fulbright has announced the appointment of a new banking and finance partner, James Collis, to its London office. Collis is an experienced acquisition and leveraged finance lawyer. He also has experience working on restructuring and distressed finance matters.

Linklaters has appointed Jessica Jenner as a partner in the firm’s real estate finance practice and part of the corporate and structured lending group in London. Jenner specialises in all aspects of real estate finance, representing both sponsor and creditor clients on multi-jurisdictional transactions, with a particular focus on the UK and Europe.

CMS has welcomed partner Jaspal Pachu to its employee incentives practice. He has significant experience of advising on cross-border tax and incentive matters, private equity transactions, employee ownership trusts and joins with a broad corporate tax background.

Ashurst has announced the appointment of Adam Jamieson as a partner in the London dispute resolution practice. He specialises in advising financial services firms, listed companies and senior individuals involved in internal and regulatory investigations. Jamieson has significant experience of representing clients in regulatory enforcement investigations conducted by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Pinsent Masons has appointed Claire Hughes as global head of real estate. Hughes joined the firm in 2007 and specialises in real estate investment and asset management, property development and real estate finance. She is a dual qualified chartered surveyor and solicitor with over 30 years’ experience in the property market. Hughes advises clients on acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold investment properties, as well as acting for office occupiers, retailers and leisure operators. Hughes has been head of client relationships for the firm’s real estate sector and head of the London property practice for over eight years. She succeeds James Crookes who will continue to lead the firm’s property practice group.

Weightmans and RadcliffesLeBrasseur completed their merger on 13 June 2022 to create the new Weightmans LLP.

DAC Beachcroft has announced the launch of a new corporate insurance & risk (CIR) division, created to service and manage liabilities and risk for corporate clients. The new division will be part of the firm’s claims solutions group (CSG). DACB partners Victoria Kennedy, James Tallant and Rob Williams will head the new division, as commercial directors, supported by a dedicated sales director. They will lead a team of over 80 legal claims and risk specialists with industry-specific expertise. Drawn from across the firm’s claims solutions business, the team includes partners Corrinne Sinker, Liz Duley and Sally Roff. CIR will initially focus on the retail and consumer, leisure and hospitality, construction and engineering, transport and logistics and manufacturing industries. Longer term, it will look to focus further on other industries including real estate, media and entertainment, and technology.

DAC Beachcroft has appointed Udara Ranasinghe as the new location head for its London headquarters. Ranasinghe takes over from Matthew Darling, and will serve a three-year term beginning from 1 May 2022. Ranasinghe is a partner in the firm’s employment, pensions and immigration practice and specialises in healthcare- focused employment law.

DAC Beachcroft has announced the promotion of 17 colleagues to partner with effect from 1 May 2022. The new London- based partners are: Charlotte Halford (commercial & technology); Darryn Hale (health, care & public law); Eleanor Ludlam (cyber & data risk); Jack Holling and Will Naylor (both insurance litigation).

Stephenson Harwood has welcomed the arrival of Kristian Shearsby as partner in its London office. Shearsby is a corporate lawyer who specialises in the life sciences and technology sectors. He advises businesses on a broad range of matters across all stages of their development – from early-stage to publicly listed companies – including venture capital investments, private mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, equity capital markets, joint ventures and general corporate advisory work.

Stephenson Harwood has appointed Nicholas Stretch as a partner in its London office. Stretch is an experienced incentives lawyer, who has for more than 25 years advised on employee share plan and executive remuneration issues for both listed and private companies.

Dan Smith has joined Stephenson Harwood’s commercial litigation practice in London as a partner. Smith’s practice primarily focuses on large and complex international banking and finance litigation. He advises financial institutions and corporates on high-stakes commercial disputes and investigations, particularly in the areas of investment banking, insolvencies, and bribery and corruption.

Ince has appointed Oliver Storey as a partner in its corporate team in London. He has a range of experience in London’s corporate finance market, including advising listed and private companies, investment funds, private offices and government departments on their financing needs. He has significant fundraising, transactional and merger and acquisitions experience.

DLA Piper has announced the appointment of a new global co-chair for its global scholarships programme. Corporate partner, Jon Hayes, who has also recently been appointed as senior partner, will take on the new role on the GSP board, replacing former senior partner, Andrew Darwin.

Dentons has promoted a new senior executive team in the UK, Ireland and Middle East (UKIME) region with the appointments of Darran Stevenson as chief operating officer and Helen Simpson as practice partner. The newly created roles replace the managing director role. Stevenson joined Dentons in 2021 as chief finance officer UKIME. He is an experienced commercial finance director with over 20 years’ experience across a number of finance and wider operational leadership roles in professional services businesses. Since joining Dentons in 2009 from Linklaters, Simpson has been a commercial disputes partner, board member and most recently interim divisional leader for the UK disputes division, as well as being a member of the firm’s CSR and I&D committees.

Shearman & Sterling has announced a number of new partners including Sam Whitaker, a member of the compensation, governance & ERISA practice in London, where he provides the full range of employment and benefits advice on transactions and stand-alone employment matters.

Weil Gotshal & Manges has announced that Lois Deasey has joined the  firm as a partner in its global restructuring practice, based in Weil’s London office. Deasey was formerly a restructuring partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Her expertise covers complex UK and multi- jurisdictional restructuring transactions and insolvencies, advising companies and their stakeholders on distressed and special situations.

Milbank has announced that Matthew Brown has joined the London office as a partner in the global project, energy and infrastructure finance (PEIF) group. Brown has more than 20 years of experience, with a particular focus on energy transition matters, in addition to all aspects of project development and finance within the energy and infrastructure sector. In addition to his work with companies in the energy transition space, Brown has significant experience in the oil & gas, power and renewables sectors. He also has an established shipping practice in which he advises vessel owner and lender clients on financing and development matters for all types of vessels – from LNG and LPG vessels to FSRUs and FPSOs – as well as projects involving offshore infrastructure.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has welcomed Dasha Sobornova to the firm’s structured finance team as a partner in the London office. She advises arrangers, investment managers and issuers on a wide range of structured finance work with a particular focus on CLO transactions.

Dr. David Ramm has joined Crowell & Moring’s corporate practice in London as a partner. Ramm, with a scientific and engineering background, has over two decades of experience handling private equity, venture capital, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions in the technology sector. His clients include large financial institutions and innovation companies at the forefront of technological development, as well as early stage and growth companies in the life sciences, fintech, and payment industries.

James Esterkin has re-joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s real estate practice as a partner in the firm’s London office. He advises private equity sponsors and other investors in connection with the financing of UK and European real estate and related assets. He specialises in complex real estate acquisition and development financing, non-performing loan financing arrangements and the restructuring of real estate-related secured debt.

Proskauer has welcomed Adrian Cohen as a partner in the firm’s business solutions, governance, restructuring and bankruptcy group in London. Cohen has more than 20 years’ experience having spent much of his career advising on aspects of corporate restructuring and insolvency law for sponsors, debtors, lenders, commercial counterparties and insolvency officeholders. His sector experience includes real estate and real estate finance, hotels and leisure, media and entertainment, aircraft finance, infrastructure and project finance, energy, mining and steel production, financial services and banking. He often works on mandates with a European and Middle East element. He has experience of working for lenders including banks and funds, agents, security agents, sponsors and corporate borrowers, commercial counterparties, derivative counterparties and governmental and regulatory agencies.

Payne Hicks Beach has promoted two new partners. Victoria Hingston becomes a partner in the family team. Hingston advises on all aspects of family law with extensive experience in private law children matters, both international and domestic. Emma Harris is promoted in the private client team. Harris joined the firm in 2020 and deals with complex probate and estate administration. She has experience in obtaining foreign equivalents of grants of probates, resealing of English grants overseas, and resealing here of Commonwealth grants.

Fieldfisher has announced that Robert Shooter has started his term as managing partner. Shooter joined the firm in 2002 and became a partner in 2006. He is a technology lawyer and acted as head of the firm’s technology, outsourcing and privacy practice between 2012 and 2022 and also led the firm’s technology sector team. He has been a member of the firm’s executive board for a number of years and focuses in particular on innovation in law.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has appointed Shai Wade as a partner and head of international arbitration. Wade will be based in London and joined RPC from Stephenson Harwood on 30 May 2022. During his 25 years of practice, Wade has led many arbitrations arising from infrastructure, to international sale of goods, upstream oil and gas and energy, joint venture, partnership and shareholder disputes.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has appointed Michael Newham, a financial institutions (FI) and directors’ and officers’ (D&O) liability insurance specialist, as a partner in the insurance group based in London with effect from 6 June 2022.

Travers Smith has announced 11 partner promotions with effect from 1 July 2022. Victoria Bramall (private equity & financial sponsors) specialises in international private equity and M&A transactions. Sam Cottman (pro bono) became the firm’s first director of pro bono in 2020. Cottman, who created the firm’s pro bono programme, specialises in tackling violence against women and girls but leads projects across all pillars of the practice: climate, diversity, vulnerable groups and rule of law. Alex Dixon (private equity & financial sponsors) is a corporate lawyer specialising in pan-European and international private equity M&A transactions. Sacha Gofton- Salmond (funds) qualified into the private equity and financial sponsors group before moving to the funds department. Her practice focuses on secondary transactions (including GP-led and LP-led secondary transactions, preferred equity financings and other structured secondary transactions), fund and manager restructurings, and co- investments for institutional investors. Niamh Hamlyn (pensions) has over ten years’ experience advising pension scheme trustees, sponsoring employers and insurers on a wide range of pensions issues. Hamlyn has particular expertise in pensions risk transfer, including advising on transactions worth over £1billion. Hugh Hutchison (corporate / infrastructure) is part of the corporate department, specialising in corporate M&A. He focuses primarily on private M&A projects for infrastructure funds including advising on the investment in and acquisition or sale of assets in the UK and Europe. John Lee (dispute resolution) advises and acts on a wide range of substantial, complex and high-profile commercial disputes, many involving multiple jurisdictions. His experience includes banking and finance, derivatives and capital markets disputes, professional negligence claims, business and human rights claims and competition litigation, acting for international banks, financial institutions, corporates and high-net-worth individuals. Joseph Moore (dispute resolution) has a practice that covers a broad range of commercial litigation, acting for both claimants and defendants. Since joining Travers Smith, Moore has been heavily involved in the defence of follow-on damages claims in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and also has extensive experience in relation to high value claims against various professionals (including solicitors and accountants). Danny Riding (financial services & markets) specialises in advising financial market participants on the legal, practical and regulatory requirements affecting their businesses, with particular experience of working with UK, EU and non- EU alternative asset managers. Brent Sanders (corporate / US securities) is a US qualified specialist in federal securities law and regulation with extensive experience advising on capital market transactions in the UK and internationally. Sarah Walker (real estate) has a practice that centres on investment into real estate with a particular focus on healthcare, and the development of other non-core property assets. In addition, Walker has specialist experience in real estate insolvency, having acted on most of the high-profile restructuring deals relating to leasehold property portfolios in the last few years.

Anthony Gold Solicitors has made three partner promotions. Sam David (injury & medical claims) joined the firm in 2014 as a paralegal, qualifying in 2016. Eleanor Solomon (housing) specialises in housing and property disputes. She trained at Anthony Gold and qualified in 2016, and became a senior associate in 2020. Emma Tante (Court of Protection) supports individuals with the management of their property and affairs where they have been deemed to lack capacity as a result of life changing injuries.

Kingsley Napley has announced that Victoria Lowe has joined the firm as a partner in the real estate and construction team. She specialises in particular in the acquisition of commercial sites for residential redevelopment and has worked on a number of major developments around London.

ONTIER has announced the appointment of Amy Harvey as a partner in its commercial litigation team based in London.

Mills & Reeve has promoted a number of principal associates to partner with effect from 1 June 2022, including two in London. Rob Day is a corporate commercial lawyer within the health and care sector who heads up the primary care and NHS governance practice. Mark Davison is an experienced international arbitration and cross-border litigation specialist who has helped clients navigate resolving disputes across multiple jurisdictions and systems of laws during his career.

Shakespeare Martineau has launched a new insolvency litigation service, ‘InSolvLit’. Heading up the product is partner and insolvency specialist Nicola Holton.

Osborne Clarke has announced that it has recruited a pensions team. The team includes partners David Hosford and Chris Netiatis, legal director Lee Colgate and senior associates Catriona Darnell and Sarah Miller.

Forsters has welcomed consultant Alison Meek to the firm in its contentious trusts and estate practice. She is a trained mediator and published author on trusts and estates.

Harbottle & Lewis has promoted Lidia Cantele and Alex Ward to partners in the family group. These promotions follow the recent appointments of Emma Wright, Anita Bapat and Rupam Davé as partners in the technology, data and digital practice.

Anwen Griffiths, a film & TV partner at Lee & Thompson, has been appointed as a new member of the British Film Institute’s board of governors. The appointment is for a term of four years and commenced on 9 May 2022.

Environmental lawyer Kate Harrison, and her colleagues at Harrison Grant, have joined forces with Hodge Jones & Allen. Harrison founded Harrison Grant in 2004, a niche law practice providing legal services in environmental planning and public law.

Leticia Williams, head of Hodge Jones & Allen’s personal injury team, has been re-elected onto the executive committee of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Taylor Rose MW has appointed George Kampanella as a partner in the crime & extradition department.

Simkins LLP has appointed David O’Dwyer as a partner in the property department. O’Dwyer specialises in commercial real estate, acting for a full range of clients including funders, landlords, tenants, operators, developers and investors.

Belluzzo International Partners and Italian independent law firm Studio Vallefuoco have signed a joint venture agreement.

Waterfront Solicitors LLP has promoted Sharon Zachariah, a commercial and data protection specialist, to partner. Zachariah joined Waterfront in September 2021 to head up the firm’s commercial, IT contracts and data protection practice, having previously held in-house positions in a number of organisations spanning charity to finance, staffing to public sector.

Hogan Lovells has appointed senior technology lawyer Luke Grubb to its digital assets and blockchain practice as a consultant in London. He advises on complex, cross-border technology mandates, as well as data privacy and cyber security issues.

Hogan Lovells has announced the arrival of Paul Akehurst as the firm’s new head of sustainability. Akehurst has a strong technical background in building design, energy and carbon management, and environmental assessment.

Roger Barron has joined Eversheds Sutherland as a senior M&A adviser. He has a broad experience of all aspects of corporate law, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, demergers, reorganisations, and corporate finance. In addition to his transactional work, Barron has been a key boardroom adviser to a number of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 clients, as well as both US and European corporates, providing strategic guidance and counsel on corporate governance.

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Alex Fortescue-Webb and Daniel Marks to co-lead the firm’s legal managed services offering. Fortescue-Webb and Marks will lead the team in Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA).

DAC Beachcroft has announced 18 promotions to legal director with effect from 1 May 2022. They include London-based Geetika Bansal (employment), Lucy Grivvell (commercial litigation), James Knight and Rebecca Maby (both claims solutions).

Charles Russell Speechlys has welcomed Jeremy Arnold as senior counsel in the firm’s tax trusts and succession group in the London office. He has more than 30 years’ experience advising on all aspects of private client work, including wealth structuring, tax, trusts and estate matters. He has particular experience in advising on overseas financial planning matters and strong links with Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Payne Hicks Beach has promoted two new senior associates, both in the dispute resolution team. Charlotte Henshall joined the firm in 2018 and focuses on commercial litigation, contentious trusts and probate disputes, as well as regulatory matters. She has experience in multi-jurisdictional disputes. Luke Arnold has experience in resolving a range of residential and commercial real estate dispute, acting for landlords and tenants.

Bindmans has appointed Tanya Goldfarb as a senior consultant solicitor in the business immigration practice. Goldfarb has over 25 years’ experience in UK immigration and nationality law, as well as significant business immigration expertise that spans all corporate and private client matters.

Shakespeare Martineau has appointed Maddie Cordes, who has more than 30 years’ experience, as a director in the company secretary team.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has promoted the following London- based lawyers to counsel: Nicholas Adams (international litigation and arbitration); George Gray (private equity); Craig Kelly (mergers and acquisitions); Rui Qi (banking); Chetan Sheth (mergers and acquisitions); and Andrea Spadacini (mergers & acquisitions).

James Alleyne has joined Kingsley Napley as legal counsel to further strengthen the firm’s financial services group. At Kingsley Napley, Alleyne will advise on the full range of FCA enforcement issues as well as heading up a new supervisory intervention team within the financial services group.

Page White Farrer has announced the promotion of Dominic Weston from associate to senior associate in London. Weston has worked in intellectual property since 2014 after joining the profession with a master’s degree in physics and chemistry.

Harbottle & Lewis has made five promotions to senior associate. These are Josey Bright (advertising and marketing), Zoey Forbes (publishing), Mike Jones (sports and interactive entertainment), Elizabeth McClenan (media and information group) and Daniel Prim (intellectual property).

Sacker & Partners has appointed William Earl, Aaron Zack, Katie Whitford and Jack McCahill as associates.

Solicitor Aisha Choudhury has joined Stone King’s private client property team in London. Choudhury has experience in residential property transactions in the London property market and will focus on residential sales and purchases, re- mortgages, transfers of ownership, re- financing and international clients.

Walkers has appointed Alastair King as senior counsel in the Cayman, BVI and Bermuda investment funds team in London.

Experienced finance and corporate lawyer Ross Wilding has joined the finance and corporate group at Walkers as a senior associate in London.

Clifford Chance has appointed Charles Alberts to the newly created role, global head of wellbeing and employee experience. Alberts will be based in London.

Stewarts Law has appointed Virginia Jones as head of knowledge.

Three Dr Johnson’s Buildings has announced that Laurence Cooper has joined chambers as a junior tenant upon successful completion of his pupillage. He is regularly instructed in family proceedings.

42 Bedford Row has welcomed Kate Kochnari as a new member of chambers.

Mountford Chambers has welcomed Laura Paisley as a member of its crime and regulatory teams. Paisley, who was called to the Bar in 2015, has an established criminal defence practice and has particular expertise with cases involving serious violence and sexual offences.

Lindsay Johnson has joined Cornerstone Barristers as a new tenant. Johnson specialises in public law and his experience spans multiple areas including local government, community care and Court of Protection, housing and property, freedom of information and data protection, as well as equality law and discrimination.

Crown Office Chambers has been joined by Katie Ayres. She practises in the areas of local authority liability, abuse law, clinical and professional negligence, insurance, product liability and property damage.

Doughty Street Chambers has announced that Laura Profumo has joined its inquest and inquiries team from Garden Court Chambers. Profumo specialises in civil liberties and human rights, with a particular focus on claims against public authorities, judicial review, and inquest and inquiries.

Alexander Riddiford has joined Essex Court Chambers from South Square with effect from 6 June 2022. Riddiford specialises in insolvency and restructuring law, both domestic and cross-border, as well as domestic and offshore commercial litigation.

23 Essex Street has welcomed Tim Hunter as a new member of chambers. Hunter practises in all areas of criminal law, prosecuting and defending across a wide range of cases.

Falcon Chambers has announced that  Edward Blakeney joined chambers on 6 June 2022. Blakeney, who was called to the Bar in 2016, has a broad property-based practice, with particular experience in leasehold enfranchisement, general landlord and tenant matters, and real property.

1GC Family Law has announced that Julien Foster, Emily Verity and Lucy Sprinz have qualified as arbitrators for children matters.

Goldsmith Chambers has welcomed Julian Norman as a member. She joins the immigration and public law team and also maintains a practice in regulatory and disciplinary matters. Norman has worked in immigration law since 2002. In particular, she specialises in family immigration appeals. In public law, as well as immigration judicial reviews, she has particular experience of claims arising from equality and human rights law.

Great James Street Chambers has announced that Julius Nkafu has been appointed as co-chair of the alternative dispute resolution committee of the African Bar Association.

2 Hare Court has welcomed Ralph Pickering to chambers following the successful completion of his pupillage. He specialises in criminal defence and prosecution, and also accepts instructions in regulatory matters.

Hogarth Chambers has announced that Andrew Norris QC has been appointed honorary professor of law at Nottingham Law School.

5 St Andrew’s Hill has welcomed Stephanie Coker as a member of the family team. She practises exclusively in family law and is a qualified mediator. Prior to joining the Bar, Coker worked at law firms where she gained extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious property matters.

Senior advocate of the Delhi High Court, Prashanto Chandra Sen, has joined Quadrant Chambers as an associate member. A commercial and arbitration practitioner, Chandra Sen practises in a broad range of commercial, regulatory and public law disputes. He is frequently involved in high-end commercial, mining, energy, infrastructure and environment disputes.

2TG has announced that Rehana Azib QC has been appointed to the executive committee of the Personal Injury Bar Association for a term of two years (2022 – 2024). Azib specialises in employment and personal injury, in particular in occupational stress, harassment and discrimination claims. Meanwhile, 2TG has announced that Andrew Miller QC has been inducted as a distinguished fellow of the International Academy of Mediators.

Cornwall Street has appointed Lloyd Hawkins as senior practice manager based in London.

ArbDB has been joined by Richard Price, an international arbitrator and mediator. His background is in general commercial litigation, including contract and licensing disputes, specialising in patent and trademark litigation. Now working as a neutral in ADR, Price is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and accepts appointments as an international arbitrator and mediator.

Manolete Partners, the insolvency litigation financing company, has appointed Mena Halton, head of group legal, to the board of the company, effective 24 June 2022. Halton joined the business in 2014 and became head of group legal in 2018. Prior to this Halton worked in private practice and in-house for insolvency practitioners conducting insolvency litigation, having qualified as a solicitor in 1985.

D Young & Co has appointed James Cornford as a partner in the firm’s electronics, engineering & IT patent group based in the Southampton office. Cornford has extensive experience in the electronics and mechanical engineering sectors, specialising in 3D printing, agricultural systems, digital watermarking and medical devices. He also has a particular interest in supporting sustainable technologies such as recyclable packaging and renewables – including heat pumps and solar-powered steam generators.

Page White Farrer has announced the promotions of Tom Keeling and Thomas Mahon from senior associates to partner in London. Specialising in the electronics and telecoms sector, Keeling has worked at the firm since 2013. His sector experience includes artificial intelligence, data science, electronics, software and telecoms.

Sofia Arenal has joined Abel & Imray as a senior member of the trade mark team. She has a wide range of experience of trade mark law in the UK, EU and beyond.

Venner Shipley has announced that following the successful completion of their exams, Louis Joliffe and James Plunkett are now registered as patent attorneys in the UK.


DLA Piper has announced the hire of new partner Antony Hainsworth into its London office, effective from 1 July 2022. 

Reed Smith has announced that structured finance lawyer Tariq Zafar Rasheed will join the firm as a partner in its financial industry group in London. 

Womble Bond Dickinson has appointed Claire Kistner as a new partner in the banking team at the firm’s London office. With almost two decades of legal experience Kistner has a particular focus on high-value leverage financial transactions.

Freshfields has appointed partner Mark  Sansom as London head of dispute resolution, effective 8 July 2022.

Baker McKenzie has announced a number of partner promotions. In London they are: John Groom (IP tech), James Heller (private equity) and Phyllis Townsend (tax).

Shoosmiths has recruited tax partner Dan Sharman to head up the employee incentives practice in the tax team. 

Trowers & Hamlins has made a number of partner promotions, including Ivy Accorda  (projects & construction), Lizzie Pillinger (real estate) and Samir Nathwani (real estate) in London.

Travers Smith has appointed Emma Pereira as head of real estate. She succeeds Simon Rutman, who is stepping down from the role after five years. 

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has hired commercial, technology and outsourcing lawyer Tania Williams to join the firm’s technology practice in London as a partner. She has worked with a broad client base across a range of sectors, including financial services, healthcare and pharma, professional services and real estate.

Watson Farley & Williams has announced that Theresa Mohammed has joined the firm as a partner in London. Mohammed specialises in contentious construction and works on complex, multi-party litigation and adjudication for both domestic and international clients investing and developing in the UK. 

Sarah Ellington has joined Watson Farley & Williams as a partner in London. Ellington has experience across the spectrum of ESG disputes, including crisis management and risk mitigation, with a focus on business and human rights. 

Russell-Cooke has announced the promotion of four senior associates to partner with effect from 1 July 2022. The four new partners are Carla Whalen in the charity and social business team, Jemma Pollock in the family team, Thomas Bond in the insolvency and restructuring team, and Suzanne Mynors in the private client team. 

HFW has announced that partner David Brotherton has relocated from the Singapore office to the aviation finance and leasing team in London. Brotherton has over 20 years’ experience advising financiers, lessors and operators on a wide range of transactions.

Payne Hicks Beach has announced that Melissa Solly and Benedict Jennings have become tax directors at the firm, with Jennings also becoming joint head of the trust and tax teams.

Penningtons Manches Cooper has recruited a team of three senior lawyers to it intellectual property litigation practice. Based in the firm’s London office, Dr Duncan Curley, Dr Amanda Easey and Cheng Tan’s experience spans all contentious IP matters, including patent disputes, trademark disputes, patent analysis, freedom to operate, and regulatory issues. 

Withers has added to its corporate and commercial services for private capital, entrepreneurs and founders through the arrival of partners Philip Watkins and Victoria Rodley in London. 

Punter Southall Law has appointed Alexandria Carr as a partner. She has substantial experience in UK and EU financial services regulatory law and public policy. She is currently advising on the FCA’s consumer duty (final rules expected in July 2022) and ESG disclosure requirements.

Deloitte Legal has announced the appointment of Clare Jenkinson as a partner to its financial services team, with a focus on financial services regulation and regulatory technology (RegTech) law. She has over 15 years’ of banking and financial services legal expertise

Paul Rosen is set to join Mayer Brown as a partner in its corporate & securities practice in London. Rosen’s background includes working for private equity clients, including their buy-and-build strategies. He has acted for a number of private equity-backed portfolio companies and has extensive experience in the mid-market with a large proportion of his work being cross-border.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has announced the promotion of Dominic Blaxill to partner of the firm, effective 1 July 2022. Blaxill is based in the London office and a member of the firm’s mergers & acquisitions group.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has welcomed Joel Harrison and Alison Beal to the firm’s London office. Joel advises on all aspects of information technology transactions, including outsourcing, cloud computing, system integration and software developments and licensing agreements, as well as dispute and renegotiations. Beal will continue with her outsourcing and technology transactions practice. 

Frances Stocks Allen has joined Cooley LLP as a partner in the firm’s life sciences corporate partnering & licensing practice in London. 

Paul Hastings has announced that Tom Cartwright has joined the firm as a partner in the London office. Cartwright is a private equity and mergers and acquisitions specialist.

Hausfeld partners John McElroy, Ned Beale and Lucy Pert have been appointed to the London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation (LCAM) Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022 arbitrator panel.

Hausfeld has announced the appointment of Lucy Pert as its diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) partner for London.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has announced that it will add leveraged finance lawyer Daniel Gendron as a partner, based in the firm’s London office. He has more than two decades of experience advising clients on leveraged finance transactions, special situations and financial restructurings.

Crowell & Moring has appointed Dr David Ramm, a corporate and technology transactions lawyer, as a partner in the London corporate practice. Ramm has more than two decades of experience handling private equity, venture capital, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions in the technology sector.

Sidley Austin has welcomed Tony Downes as a partner to the firm’s M&A and private equity practice. 

Shearman & Sterling has appointed Shameer Shah as a leveraged finance partner in the finance practice, based in London.

Osbornes Law has made a number of promotions. Family lawyer Claire Andrews has become a partner. Head of medical negligence Stephanie Prior, private client partner Elspeth Neilson and family law partner Joanne Westcott have been made equity partners. While existing equity partner Sophie Davies, who has been with the firm for 21 years, takes over from Stuart Kightley as head of the firm’s personal injury team.

Karen Cooksley is joining Blake Morgan as a partner and as the firm’s new head of planning, leading the team from its London office. Cooksley has specialised as a planning lawyer for over 30 years.

Davitt Jones Bould has announced the appointment of construction lawyer Stuart Nash. A dual-qualified solicitor with the right to practise in the US and England and Wales, Nash specialises in property development and construction dispute resolution. 

Davitt Jones Bould has appointed property litigation specialist Anjani Purohit as a partner. Purohit has over 15 years’ experience advising on the full spectrum of property litigation matters including landlord and tenant disputes, property related professional negligence, adverse possession, leasehold enfranchisement, rights of light, party walls and easements.

Horwich Farrelly has added to its commercial offering with the appointment of John Lord and Mark Dennis to head the new commercial offering alongside fellow partners David White, Joanne Gardner-Boyes, Martin Price, Graeme Dixon and Richard Palmer.

Carey Olsen has welcomed Matthew Brehaut to the partnership, with effect from 1 July 2022. Brehaut, who joined the firm’s London office in 2016, is a member of the Guernsey corporate team. He has experience in corporate and investment funds matters, with particular expertise in the structuring and launch of investment funds, which sees him advise managers, service providers and promoters on all aspects of the establishment, regulation and operation of fund vehicles.

Maples Teesdale has promoted Chris Xitsas to partner in the commercial real estate team. Xitsas specialises in capital transactions and active management of office parks and retail assets, with a particular focus on the repositioning of town-centre shopping centres.

Jackson Parton Solicitors has announced that William Jackson has become a partner at the firm. Jackson is experienced in handling a wide range of shipping issues from general charterparty and bill of lading issues to collisions, groundings, hull and machinery and unsafe port claims as well as commodity disputes.

Hickman and Rose Solicitors has promoted Helen Stone to partner. Stone has been with the firm for 11 years and is a member of the civil litigation department. She has overseen a number of significant inquest and police law matters in recent years.

Bowling & Co Solicitors has announced the appointment of Rashida Zakir as a partner. Zakir qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and started consulting with Bowling & Co in 2021. She specialises in all areas of commercial property work, with a strong background in acquisitions and sales.

LK Law LLP has promoted Caroline Phipps and James Hayton to principal. Phipps has been with the firm since it launched in 2012 and Hayton joined in 2015. Phipps is a commercial litigator who specialises in multi-jurisdictional, complex disputes. Hayton has extensive experience with resolving disputes through commercial litigation and international arbitration across a variety of sectors, including financial services, professional services and the art world.

Linklaters has appointed Martin Laing as the new head of Re:link, the flexible lawyering service. Laing played an instrumental role in launching Re:link in 2019.

Travers Smith has announced the promotion of 11 lawyers to senior counsel. All appointments are effective from 1 July 2022. The new senior counsel and their principal areas are: Aisling Arthur (corporate M&A and ECM)  Andrew Benson (funds)  Michele Cheng (dispute resolution) Michael Cuthbertson (commercial, IP and technology)  Jessica Kolhorn (private equity & financial sponsors)  Ben Lowen (corporate M&A and ECM) Catherine O’Driscoll (real estate) specialises in commercial real estate Michael Ross (commercial, IP & technology)  Laura Smith (finance) Leigh Stockey (funds)  Chris Widdison (pensions) 

Russell-Cooke has made seven promotions to senior associate: Nimmisha Aslam (personal injury and clinical negligence), Clare Garbett (charity and social business), Pauline Lam (property litigation), Andrew Morgan (trusts and estates disputes), Lara Murrell (residential conveyancing), Sarah Pennington (residential property), and Jade Quirke (children).

TLT has appointed Jonathan Townend to head its managed legal services business.

Penningtons Manches Cooper has appointed Fintan Wolohan and Dominic Speedie as senior associates in the restructuring and insolvency team. 

Osbornes Law has made a number of promotions to senior associate: Jodi Newton (medical negligence), Katie de Swarte (contentious probate), Maria Elliot (property), Maria Kitsiou (family) and Kate Milton (personal injury).

Sacker & Partners has hired Amy Difford as an associate in the pensions litigation team. At Sackers she will advise trustees and employers on all contentious pensions matters, including litigation, regulatory action and member disputes.

Davies and Partners has made two promotions to legal director. Specialist medical negligence lawyer Rachel Bowen has worked at Davies and Partners since 2000. 

Davitt Jones Bould has appointed Bronwyn Higgins as an associate director. With over 25 years’ experience in commercial real estate law, Higgins advises on landlord & tenant matters, asset management, portfolio and lease reporting and acquisitions and disposals.

Lucy Hathaway, a commercial property lawyer with over 15 years’ experience, has joined Davitt Jones Bould as an associate. 

Armstrong Teasdale has welcomed senior associate Louise Smyth to its London office where she joins the UK employment and immigration practice. 

Acuity Law has promoted Anisha Patel to associate in its London office where she works in the real estate team.

Maples Teesdale has promoted Zoe Miller and Tom Farrell, both members of the real estate finance team, to of counsel. Miller joined Maples Teesdale in 2019. Farrell joined Maples Teesdale in 2018.

Bargate Murray has appointed Jim Morris as head of aviation.

DPG Law has announced that Ahmed Ali has qualified as a solicitor with the firm. Before joining DPG in 2017, Ali worked at non-government organisations conducting research relating to democracy and human rights in the Gulf.

Bellevue Law has announced the addition of senior investigations and compliance lawyer, Steve Melrose, to its specialist litigation, employment and private client practice. 

LK Law LLP has promoted Chris Atkinson to special counsel. He has been with the firm since it launched in 2012. Atkinson has a particular focus on litigation involving banks and other financial institutions, including fintech.

Alexandra Holsgrove Jones, senior knowledge lawyer at TLT, has been invited to sit on The Chancery Lane Project’s advisory committee for the built environment.

Slaughter and May has announced that Uzma Hamid-Dizier, head of responsible business at the firm, has been promoted to the new role of director of responsible business with effect from 1 May 2022. Hamid-Dizier will be part of the business services leadership team.

Carpmaels & Ransford has announced the promotion of Ben Husband and Simon Llewellyn to the partnership, effective from 1 July 2022.