​Moves: 10 February 2014

Move of the week

Naik

Channel 4 has promoted its head of legal and compliance Prash Naik to the new position of general counsel. Naik, who celebrates his 20th year at the broadcaster this year, has taken on the general counsel position following a number of internal changes. He will now report to Channel 4’s head of commercial affairs Martin Baker as well as the broadcaster’s chief executive David Abrahams and chairman Lord Burns in relation to legal matters in programme content.

UK

London

Hogan Lovells has hired Allen & Overy corporate partner Don McGown, who joins after 25 years at the magic circle firm. Most recently McGown advised 21st Century Fox on its $10bn spin-off from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

HowardKennedyFsi has turned to property search specialist Strutt & Parker for the hire of its first chief operating officer. Accountant Ian Harvey joins following the exit of chief executive Mark Dembovsky in November.

Payne Hicks Beach has appointed solicitors Jeremy Lowe and Georgina Knight from Trowers & Hamlins to the landed estates section.

Blake Lapthorn has hired Russell Jarvis as a partner in the corporate team in London. He has worked with banks such as Santander, Clydesdale, Lloyds, HSBC and Barclays, and was previously a partner in Penningtons Manches’ banking team.

Field Fisher Waterhouse has hired partner Geoff Mendelsohn to its IT disputes team. Mendelsohn joins from Edwards Wildman where he was a partner.

Hamlins has appointed Peter Jordan as partner and head of the firm’s lender services team. Jordan joins from Tucker Turner Kingsley Wood & Co, where he was lead partner in the lender services team. 

Signature Litigation has appointed Natalia Chumak as a partner. Chumak joins from Field Fisher Waterhouse, where she was also partner. 

Brown Rudnick has promoted four associates to the partnership in its London office. Jean-Francois Le Gal, Roger Kennell and Christian Toms all sit in the firm’s international disputes team. Henry Kikoyo works in debt restructuring and corporate refinancing.

South

Spratt Endicott Solicitors has appointed David Whiting as a partner and head of dispute resolution. Whiting joins from Howes Percival, where he was a partner in the dispute resolution and insolvency department.

Surrey-based Mundays has promoted Sandra Dunn to partner.

North

Browne Jacobson has hired Mark Lewis and Ben Couch to its real estate practice. Commercial property lawyer Lewis joins as an associate from Shakespeares, where he spent three years. Couch joins the team as a solicitor after three years at Shoosmiths

Huddersfield’s Baxter Caulfield has hired Lynn Snowdon as an associate partner responsible for private client work. She joins from Stanford & Lambert, where she was an associate solicitor.

The Birmingham office of Irwin Mitchell has boosted its finance litigation team. Fiona Hayles joins as a senior associate from SGH Martineau; solicitor Rizwan Darr joins from Shoosmiths and Victoria Savage joins as a legal executive from Wragge & Co.

Scotland

Maclay Murray & Spens has elected corporate head Kenneth Shand as chief executive, following the decision of Chris Smylie to stand down. 

Europe

Linklaters has hired senior competition lawyer Nikolaos Peristerakis to its antitrust practice, based in Brussels. He joins as a counsel from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

Herbert Smith Freehills has brought the number of real estate partners in its Madrid office to three with the addition of Javier Ortega de la Peña from DAC Beachcroft.

King & Spalding has recruited Ulf Grundmann, an EU regulatory law expert, as a partner in the life sciences practice. He joins from Bird & Bird and will sit in the Frankfurt office. 

Reed Smith has made a senior partner hire from to Hogan Lovells in Paris, bringing in corporate partner Isabelle MacElhone and associate Bertrand Baheu-Derras. 

Asia Pacific

Herbert Smith Freehills South-East Asia litigation chief Maurice Burke has become the latest partner to quit the firm after being poached by Hogan Lovells

Allen & Overy London-based capital markets partner Jim Wickenden has relocated to the firm’s Hong Kong office. 

The bar

David Lock QC, a public law silk, has joined Landmark Chambers from No 5 Chambers. Lock specialises in health and social care law.

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has snared a team of four barristers from rival Outer Temple Chambers. The addition of members David Morris, Anthony Haycroft, Alan Jenkins and Charles Foster follows that of Caroline Hallissey, who joined the firm from Outer Temple last September. 

Offshore

Harneys Cayman had added finance and corporate lawyers Carolynn Vivian and Joanna Hossack to its Cayman practice. Senior associate Vivian was at Higgs & Johnson’s Cayman office for five years, while associate Hossack joins the firm from Ogier Jersey. 

Mourant Ozannes has hired Farrer & Co’s former senior partner Jim Edmondson as head of its international trusts and private client practice. Edmondson will join Mourant Ozannes as a consultant in London on 1 May. He will take over as head of the trusts and private client team on 1 September, when incumbent Douglas Close steps down.

In-house

Building and DIY retailer Travis Perkins Group has appointed Deborah Grimason as its new general counsel. She will replace former general counsel John Carter, who has taken on the
role of chief executive. Grimason joins the company from UK construction group Lafarge Tarmac.

The FBI has turned to investment management firm Bridgewater Associates for general counsel hire James Baker. Baker, who joined Bridgewater as associate general counsel two years ago, succeeds outgoing Andrew Weissmann at the bureau.