All change at top for London firms

TWO London-based firms of solicitors have announced the appointment of new senior partners.

Lyddon Simon takes over the helm at Westminster practice Radcliffes & Co, while City-based Field Fisher Waterhouse has appointed Paul Honigmann.

Simon was educated in South Africa, but came to the UK more than 30 years ago and joined Radcliffes in 1967.

A specialist in international company and commercial law, he pioneered his firm's Swiss trust company venture, which today claims to be the top independent trust company in Switzerland.

He says: “Commercial expertise is a major strength of the firm. I want to see us continue to expand in this area and build a reputation for client service which will place us as one of the leading UK commercial practices.”

Honigmann, a specialist in regulatory and professional disciplinary law, takes over from the retiring David Rawlins.

He was a partner at Waterhouse & Co before it merged with Field Fisher & Martineau six years ago.

Field Fisher Waterhouse also announced the retirement this week of David Birley, head of the firm's property department.

v Davies Arnold Cooper has appointed commercial litigation lawyer Max Thum as a consultant to work on major commercial actions and develop international business. Thum came from Ashurst Morris Crisp, where he was a senior litigation partner at Ashursts for more than 25 years, and subsequently a consultant.