Movers & Shakers: London

2021

February

  • Clifford Chance has announced that Paul Ellison will be joining the firm in May 2021 as a funds-focused financial regulatory partner, based in London
  • Hogan Lovells has announced a number of senior corporate and litigation hires in London. Patrick Sarch will be joining Hogan Lovells as a partner and will co-head the London M&A practice alongside Ben Higson. In addition, a team of commercial litigators will join the firm’s global and London disputes practice. Kevin Lloyd, Richard Lawton, Akima Paul Lambert and Ardil Salem will join as partners
  • Hogan Lovells has appointed Paris partner and current regional managing partner for the EMEA region, Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, to be the next chair of Hogan Lovells
  • DLA Piper has announced that Simon Levine’s term as managing partner has been extended by two years
  • DWF Group plc has announced a new internal operating structure from May 2021. The Group will move from its existing four divisions (commercial services, insurance services, international and connected services) into three global divisions: legal advisory led by Paul Rimmer, Mindcrest led by Mark Qualter and connected services led by Jason Ford. 
  • Reed Smith has hired Jason Richardson as a partner in the financial industry group in London
  • Russell-Cooke has announced that Jonathan Thornton has been elected as the firm’s deputy senior partner, while Alison Regan and James Carroll have been elected as joint managing partners
  • Julie Romer, debt finance lawyer, joins Stephenson Harwood as partner in its London office
  • Clyde & Co’s partner Damian Watkin has relocated from the UK to Australia to join the firm’s APAC projects & construction team
  • Wedlake Bell has made two partner appointments. Laurence Rogers joins the finance team and Jonathan Hibberts joins the property litigation team
  • Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has hired corporate lawyer Connor Cahalane as a partner in London.
  • MFB solicitors has promoted James Foley-Comer to partner. He specialises in yacht, superyacht and commercial shipping transactional work.
  • McCarthy Denning has welcomed two new partners in the international private equity real estate practice. Iain Morpeth and Michael Wistow have joined the firm as co- heads of private equity real estate, and Wistow will also take up the role as McCarthy Denning’s global head of tax.
  • Edwin Coe has welcomed Christina Fitzgerald, licensed insolvency practitioner, to the firm as a partner
  • Fieldfisher LLP has announced the launch of its new financial services advisory firm, Fieldfisher Capital LLP
  • Lewis Silkin’s former managing partner and chief executive, Ian Jeffery will step down as a partner on 31 March 2021, having led the firm for 15 years
  • Lewis Silkin has appointed Neil Parkes as a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution practice
  • Michelle Bradfield has joined Jones Day’s global disputes practice in London as a partner
  • Mayer Brown has recruited Charles Malpass as a partner in the banking & finance practice in London
  • Guadalupe Sampedro, an international data protection lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, has joined Cooley LLP as a partner in London
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges has announced that Murray Cox, corporate lawyer, will join the firm as a partner in the London office
  • Dechert has appointed London head of disputes Dorothy Cory-Wright to its London management committee
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has announced that Adam Gallagher and James Watson will join the firm as partners in the London office to establish a European restructuring practice
  • Mark Schaub has been appointed managing partner of the London office of King & Wood Mallesons
  • Squire Patton Boggs has announced that Fergus Gallagher has joined the corporate practice in London as a partner
  • Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Julian Thatcher as a partner in the firm’s global corporate practice in London
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP has announced that it has appointed employment partner Christopher Hitchins to the role of London managing partner
  • Deloitte has announced the appointment of 29 new partners following the completion of a transaction that sees the team from technology and digital media law firm Kemp Little become part of Deloitte Legal
  • Bishop & Sewell has merged with Monro Wright and Wasbrough with effect from February 2021 and the newly combined practice will operate as Bishop & Sewell LLP incorporating Monro Wright & Wasbrough
  • Hodge Jones & Allen has announced the appointment of Ken Brough, as a partner to the personal injury team
  • Fletcher Day has announced that Nick Sutton has joined the firm as a partner in the dispute resolution department
  • LCN Legal has promoted corporate lawyer, Ivan Hanna to partner
  • Further to the acquisition of McMillan Williams Solicitors by Taylor Rose TTKW in May 2020, the two firms have now unified and will trade under the name Taylor Rose MW.
  • Schillings has welcomed Phoebe Waters as an associate in the intelligence and investigations team
  • Rosenblatt Limited (RBL) has announced that Barry Roche has been appointed as the firm’s new managing director
  • Leigh Day has appointed Meriel Hodgson-Teall as an associate solicitor in the consumer law and product safety department
  • Druces LLP has welcomed solicitor Rabah Saadeddine to its capital markets team
  • Squire Patton Boggs has created a new global position, director of talent acquisition, with the addition of Steven Clarke
  • Simpson Millar has announced the hire of litigation executive Christine Lightfoot to its family law team
  • Sharpe Pritchard has announced three internal promotions to legal director; Deborah Down and Juli Lau (both procurement and contracts) and Simon Kiely (litigation)
  • Hugh James’ senior associate, Helen Neville, has been appointed to the Law Society’s clinical negligence accreditation panel
  • Simmons & Simmons has appointed Emily Monastiriotis as head of dispute resolution in the UK
  • Norton Rose Fulbright has announced that Farmida Bi, CBE has been elected for a second term as chair for Europe, Middle East and Asia
  • Watson Farley & Williams has announced that Solange Leandro has joined the firm’s regulatory, public law and competition team in London as a partner
  • Weightmans has appointed a new partner to its London office and corporate team: Nick Fothergill
  • Addleshaw Goddard has hired Maria Frangeskides as a partner in its commercial disputes team in London
  • Addleshaw Goddard has appointed Alex Hirom as a partner in the construction and engineering team
  • TLT has hired Simon Courie as a partner in the commercial services group in London
  • Bird & Bird has welcomed Alex Dixie as a partner in the media, entertainment and sports sector group
  • Ashfords has appointed Kim Hawkins as a partner in the corporate team based in London
  • Michelmores has announced the appointment of Philip Barth as partner and to lead the firm’s immigration team
  • Trowers & Hamlins has elected Sara Bailey as senior partner, effective from April 2021
  • Proskauer has welcomed Steven Baker who joins the firm’s litigation department as a partner based in London
  • Goodwin has announced that Geoff O’Dea is set to join the firm’s private equity practice as partner in the London office
  • Dechert has announced that Adam Plainer will be joining the firm’s London office as global co-chair of its financial restructuring group
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel has welcomed Prudence Criddle and Warren Newton as partners in the capital markets & lending practice in London
  • Squire Patton Boggs has appointed partner Warren Phelops to its global sports & entertainment practice in London
  • Squire Patton Boggs has announced a number of partner promotions including London-based Miriam Lampert (labour & employment).
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has made three partner promotions in the London office: Jamie Moore, Adam Rizzo and Amanda Voss
  • US firm Armstrong Teasdale has acquired London firm Kerman & Co
  • Devonshires has promoted James Dunn to lead its litigation and dispute resolution team
  • Fletcher Day has welcomed David Robinson as a partner in the corporate department
  • DKLM has announced a number of partner appointments: Mohi Uddin as equity partner, Michael Adamson as partner and Sandeep Lakhani
  • Davies and Partners has appointed Hazel McNaught as a director and head of family in London
  • Davitt Jones Bould has appointed five new partners: Lee McBride (real estate and environmental law),  Kirsten Dunlop (real estate), Yohanna Weber (planning and environmental), Nick Warde (residential property)
  • DMH Stallard has announced its merger with family law firm Brookman Solicitors. The merger is expected to complete in May 2021
  • Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Mike Llewellyn as a director in the firm’s global sports & entertainment practice in London
  • Lewis Silkin has announced the hire of Nick Bowie as legal director in the firm’s intellectual property practice
  • Ashfords has appointed Karolina Lewandowska as a solicitor in the restructuring and insolvency team based in the London office
  • Fiscal incentives consultancy, Gateley Capitus has welcomed Peter Corley as an associate director and new head of its research and development tax team
  • Samir Manek, an associate in the finance and banking disputes group at Mishcon de Reya, has been appointed to join the advisory board for a government commissioned taskforce to boost the socio- economic diversity at senior levels in UK financial and professional services
  • Cartwright King has welcomed care solicitor Adam King to the firm’s London office
  • Gherson has appointed four new solicitors: Neil Williams and Thomas Cattee (white-collar crime specialists), Adam Hoefel (general immigration team) and extradition solicitor Chris Stevens
  • Harris Hagan has announced that Mimi Curran has joined the firm as a consultant
  • DKLM has welcomed assistant solicitor Laura Reeves as a commercial litigation specialist
  • Farrer & Co has announced the appointment of Henrietta Mason, a specialist in trust and probate disputes, as a consultant
  • Avonhurst has announced that Dr Philippa Malmgren will join the firm as a senior advisor
  • Hausfeld has appointed Stuart Warmington as an associate to the personal injury, consumer and product safety claims team
  • Calvin Walker is set to join BonelliErede and partner in the project finance team
  • BCL Solicitors has announced that legal assistant Guevara Leacock has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

March

  • Clifford Chance has announced the appointment of Grant Eldred as chief people officer and Chinwe Odimba-Chapman as global partner for talent in two newly created positions
  • Ashurst partner and global chairman, Ben Tidswell, has announced he will step down from the partnership on 31 July 2021
  • Ashurst has appointed Will Chalk as partner in the London corporate team
  • Herbert Smith Freehills has announced the appointment of Sydney-based Rebecca Maslen-Stannage as senior partner and chair of the global LLP council
  • Herbert Smith Freehills has announced the new leadership of its environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice
  • DLA Piper has announced the appointment of David Trott as a partner, and international group head of the firm’s finance, projects and restructuring group
  • Taylor Wessing has hired a team from Greenberg Traurig to join its real estate sector group, including Michael Goldberg who joined the London office as a partner on 1 March 2021
  • Clyde & Co has announced the hire of Penrose Foss as a partner in its London- based accountants’ liability and regulatory investigations team
  • TLT has welcomed Ranjeev Kumar as a partner to its real estate group
  • Stephenson Harwood partner Alexandra Pygall has been appointed to The Babraham Institute’s board of trustees
  • HFW has announced the promotion of several new partners. The newly promoted partners in London are: Will Reddie (insurance & reinsurance), Michael Ritter (shipping), Rupert Warren (insurance & reinsurance) and Matthew Wilmshurst (shipping).
  • Payne Hicks Beach has appointed Georgina Bayley as a partner in the dispute resolution department
  • Ashfords LLP has appointed energy and waste partner Kim Hawkins to its corporate team in London
  • Thomas Garner has joined Fladgate’s immigration team as a partner
  • Bevan Brittan has announced the appointment of Jodie Sinclair as its senior partner from 1 May 2021
  • David Dixter has joined Milbank’s London office as a partner in the European leveraged finance and capital markets group
  • Alex Watt has joined Howard Kennedy’s intellectual property & commercial team as a partner
  • Latham & Watkins has announced that Bruce Bell is set to join the London office as a partner in the finance department and the restructuring & special situations practice
  • K&L Gates has welcomed Ben Holland to its energy, infrastructure and resources practice in London
  • K&L Gates has welcomed Daniel Greenaway as a partner in the asset management and investment funds practice and Michael Ruck as a partner in the investigations, enforcement and white collar practice
  • Ronen Lazarovitch has joined Bracewell’s global energy practice as a partner in the London office, where he will advise clients on energy and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa
  • Kirkland & Ellis has announced that Edward Prestwich is set to join the firm as a partner in the investment funds group in the London office
  • Goodwin has announced that Dulcie Daly will join the firm’s tax practice as a partner in the London office
  • Alex Leitch has joined Paul Hastings’ London office as a partner in the complex litigation practice
  • Paul Hastings has announced that Dr. Max Kirchner, an experienced securities and capital markets lawyer, has joined the firm as a partner, based in London
  • Ropes & Gray has appointed Emily Brown as a partner in its asset management group, based in London
  • Ropes & Gray has welcomed the addition of Chris Townsend as counsel in its asset management team, based in London
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has announced that James Board will join as a partner in the firm’s London office
  • Geoffrey Bailhache is set to join Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as a partner in London
  • Cripps Pemberton Greenish has appointed Zainab Dakhil as a new partner in its residential property team
  • BDB Pitmans has announced the hire of Dennis Ko as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice
  • gunnercooke has welcomed six key hires in the firm’s real estate partner group at the firm’s London office: Matthew East, Jonathan Wilkinson Sam Rosenthal, Melanie Curtis, Matthew Cox and Jeremy Pow.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointment specialist commercial tech disputes partner Sophie Ashcroft to its London office
  • Boodle Hatfield has promoted Edward Allan to partner in the firm’s residential property team.
  • Khizar Arif has joined Giambrone’s London office as a partner
  • MJ Hudson, the asset management consultancy, has announced two senior legal hires and two internal law partner promotions. Former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partner, Stephen Sims, joins as a partner in the law firm’s funds practice. Ronan McCann has been made partner in the venture capital and tech team.
  • Constantine Law has recruited two senior partner-level hires, Emma Vernon and Jemma Sherwood-Roberts.
  • Legal directors Joshua Ray, Syedur Rahman and Nicola Sharp have been promoted to partners at Rahman Ravelli
  • PwC has appointed Teresa Owusu- Adjei as the UK firm’s new head of legal from 1 March 2021
  • Joanna Toloczko has joined the London office of Royds Withy King, as partner
  • Hamlins has welcomed Victoria Camfield to the firm’s real estate team as a partner
  • Preiskel & Co has announced that senior partner Daniel Preiskel has been appointed to the board of trustees of the English Speaking Union
  • Linklaters has welcomed Sir Jonathan Jones QC (Hon) as a senior consultant within the firm’s dispute resolution practice in London
  • Allen & Overy has announced the appointment of Lucy Murphy as its global chief marketing and communications officer
  • DLA Piper has appointed Gavin Barwell as a senior strategic and political consultant in the firm’s UK Government affairs team
  • DLA Piper has appointed Lou Pagnutti as a non-executive director to the board of DLA Piper International
  • HFW has announced the promotion of five new legal directors, effective 1 April 2021. The newly promoted legal directors in London are: Joanne Palin (shipping), Jessica Taylor (shipping) and Thomas Willan (shipping).
  • HFW has announced the promotion of 13 new senior associates, effective 1 April 2021. The newly promoted associates include London-based Joanne Button.
  • TLT has appointed Nathalia Perera as legal director in its commercial services group
  • Excello Law has announced the appointment of London-based real estate and banking lawyer, Ashi Patel
  • Russell-Cooke senior associate and Resolution-accredited international child abduction specialist Lauren Hall has been elected to the Child Abduction Lawyers Association executive committee as treasurer
  • Simpson Millar has made three senior appointments to its family law team: Meera
  • Shinh, Farah Naz and Lowri Walters
  • Stephensons Risk Management has appointed David Cronje as an account executive to focus on business development in the South of England
  • Stewarts Law has appointed Jemma Goddard and Lavinia Randall as members of the trust and probate litigation department
  • MFB solicitors has welcomed Nico Saunders as a maritime solicitor
  • Frederick Thorling has recently joined Enyo Law as of counsel
  • Ernst & Young (EY) has announced that Zoe Dean will join EY Law in April 2021 as director – client transition & operations
  • Ernst & Young (EY) has welcomed Corinna Codd, Maria Passemard and Keruschka Sunmugam to EY Law’s legal function consulting team in EMEIA
  • Laurus has announced that Jeetesh Patel has joined the family team as a senior associate
  • Capsticks has appointed Katrina Robinson MBE as an associate in the firm’s housing team
  • Mackrell Solicitors has welcomed Melissa Doherty as a solicitor in the family & relationship team
  • Hall Brown Family Law has welcomed three new joiners to the firm: Mollie van Geest joins the firm’s London office
  • Birketts has appointed Jane Johnson as a legal director to its private client advisory team, based in the London office
  • Hickman and Rose Solicitors has appointed Toby Wilton as an associate

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