Harbottle hires assistants, plus other moves

Harbottle & Lewis

has hired three newly qualified assistants. Alexandra McGurk, Charlotte Patridge and Cordelia Edmonson all completed their training with the firm and qualified on 29 August.

Neil Bowden has joined Allen & Overy as a senior associate in the pensions team. Bowden was previously at Linklaters. He will be focusing on advising companies, financial institutions and trustees on the regulatory environment.

Squire Sanders & Dempsey has appointed real estate expert James Vernon-Stroud as a senior associate in the London office. Vernon-Stroud joins from Eversheds.

Howes Percival has appointed Sue Hammett as an assistant specialising in probate in the estates team. Before joining the firm’s office in Norwich, Hammett worked for Archer & Archer in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Six trainee solicitors have joined TLT Solicitors’ London and Bristol offices. The trainees are Samuel McColluam, Matthew Grimwood, Tessa Glover, Veronica Gomez-Luque, Sarah Watson and Emily Reeve.

TLT Solicitors has also appointed David Smithen as a partner in its real estate group. Smithen was previously at Eversheds’ Birmingham office.

Mike Wright has joined Manchester firm Turner Parkinson as an associate in the property team. Wright specialises in commercial and high-value residential deals. He joins from Sanders Solicitors in London.

John Sorensen has joined Gowling Lafleur Henderson in Toronto, Canada, as an associate in its tax planning and tax litigation team. Sorenson was previously at Learners in Toronto.

McGrigors has hired Luke Miotte as director of its real estate team. Miotte will join the firm at the beginning of October. He was previously at Mishcon de Reya where he worked for the past 12 years.

Dawsons Solicitors has appointed four newly qualified assistants. Chloe Burrows qualified into the family law team and Robert Wright into the private client group. Jonathan Spearing will work in the litigation team, focusing on property litigation, and Ellie Hibberd will be in the employment group.

Dawsons has also recruited four new trainees who will start this week. They are Hein Le Rux, Thomas Goricke, Alisa Moorhouse and Alexandra Lyne.

Maria Oleinik has joined Clifford Chance‘s Moscow office as a senior associate in its energy practice. Oleinik worked previously in CMS Cameron McKenna’s Moscow office.

Dechert has hired Steven Choo as a finance and real estate partner in its London office. Choo will start in October. He joins from Clifford Chance, where he was a senior associate.

DLA Piper has appointed Claudio d’Agostino as a counsel in Shanghai. D’Agostino is a leading Italian corporate lawyer with experience in Euro-Sino transactions. Prior to joining DLA Piper, D’Agostino was a partner of Italian firm Birindelli e Associati and managed its China practice.

Jones Day partner Stephen Peepels is heading to DLA Piper. Peepels will head the firm’s US capital markets practice in Asia. The Asia practice has been further bolstered by the appointment of Gene Buttrill from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Buttrill joins the firm’s corporate and securities practice as a partner in Hong Kong.

Stephen Hart has joined DLA Piper’s pensions team in the firm’s Birmingham office as a legal director. He was previously at Mercer Human Resource Consulting.

Taylor Wessing‘s construction and engineering group has expanded with the hire of two associates in London. Brad Fearn joins the firm from Pinsent Masons. He will specialise in non-contentious construction, engineering and infrastructure schemes in the UK. David Toscano joins from Lovells and will specialise in contentious construction disputes.

Penningtons Solicitors has hired Sarah Cardew as an associate in the business services team. Cardew joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner, where she worked in all areas of corporate and property tax.

Scott Rees & Co Solicitors has promoted Karla Kingston to associate. Kingston joined the firm as a trainee in 2002 and now heads a team of five working on employer and public liability cases.