Moves: 20 May 2012

Devika Khanna has joined Clyde & Co as a partner in its international arbitration team.

Move of the week

Khanna, a specialist in international arbitration in the energy and construction sectors, moves from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she was a senior associate.

Clydes partner Ben Knowles said Khanna brings “considerable energy-related disputes experience”.

UK

London

Hodge Jones & Allen has appointed its first chief operating officer Glenn Fletcher from probate genealogist firm Title Research, where he was operations and finance director.

Speechly Bircham has promoted William Garner in financial services, and Dominic Lawrance in private wealth to the partnership. James Freeman has been appointed as head of the family practice and Elizabeth Budd will lead the financial services group.

Browne Jacobson has added Tony Child and Ros Foster to its London-based insurance and public risk team, from DAC Beachcroft. Child joins the firm as a consultant, while Foster is an associate.

Stephen Marks has joined Trowers & Hamlins’ commercial property team as partner from Maxwell Winward, where he
was also a partner.

South East

Property lawyer Jeremy Licence has returned to Furley Page as a partner and head of the firm’s newly-created real estate team. He moved from Vertex Law, where he was a member and head of real estate. He previously spent seven years at Furley from 2000.

North West

Personal injury partner Nadia Kerr has moved from Pannone to take on the head of personal injury role at Forster Dean.

Russell Jones & Walker has made three hires – senior solicitor Edward Kitchen from Pannone, solicitor Kaleel Anwar from Middletons, and solicitor Helen Maguire from Dickson Haslam.

Scotland

Harper Macleod has appointed a new partner, Gordon Hollerin, from Semple Fraser, where he was a partner specialising in restructuring, corporate recovery and insolvency.

Ireland

Irish law firm McCann FitzGerald has promoted five lawyers to its partnership.

Stephen FitzSimons, David Hurley, Philip Murphy, Fiona O’Beirne and Garreth O’Brien will all be based at the Dublin office, boosting the firm’s banking and financial services, IP, corporate, corporate finance, dispute resolution and litigation groups.

US

Robert Weiner has rejoined Arnold & Porter as a partner in the Washington DC office after a stint as associate deputy attorney general at the US Department of Justice.

Pillsbury has hired Henry Liu as a partner and head of the firm’s financial institutions and infrastructure teams for Greater China and Asia. Liu was previously a partner in DLA Piper’s corporate and finance practice.

Faegre Baker Daniels has hired Minneapolis employment litigation attorney Jacqueline Mrachek to its labour and employment team. Mrachek joins from Nilan Johnson Lewis, where she was a shareholder.

The Charleston office of K&L Gates has added Richard Farrier Jr as a partner in its commercial disputes practice. Farrier joins
from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where he was managing partner at the firm’s Charleston office.

IP partner Seth Levy has joined Nixon Peabody’s Los Angeles office from being chair of Davis Wright Tremaine’s life sciences practice in Los Angeles. He is joined by: associates Linda Huber, Sean Senn and B Thomas Duke; patent agents Stephen Chen and Hema Vakharia-Rao; and patent scientist BinQuan Zhuang.

Europe

Gabriel Lidman has joined the Stockholm office of Bird & Bird as a partner in the international media sector group and will head the commercial practice group in Sweden. He was a partner and head of TMT and IP at Swedish firm Hamilton. The firm’s Paris office has hired Stephen Walters as a partner in its international corporate practice group from Dewey & LeBoeuf, where he was also a partner.

Olswang has added Christiane Hulsmans to its restructuring and insolvency practice as of counsel based in Berlin. She moves from the real estate team at Eurohypo AG.

The Denmark office of Eversheds has hired associate Thomas Meyer Stage for its employment law team. He joins from Deloitte, where he headed the employment law team.

Reed Smith has appointed Thomas Gierath as a partner to launch its German tax practice. He comes from Dechert, where he was also a partner.

Asia-Pacific

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has hired capital markets and M&A lawyer Christopher Betts as a partner. He was previously a partner at Paul Hastings.

Former Davis Polk associate Posit Laohaphan has joined Latham & Watkins’ Hong Kong office as counsel in the corporate department.

The Beijing office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has appointed Ling Huang as a partner. She joins from the Beijing office of Shearman & Sterling, where she was also a partner, focusing on cross-border M&A, private equity and foreign direct investment transactions.

Singapore firm Shook Lin & Bok has hired Azmul Haque as a partner in its corporate and India practices from Berwin Leighton Paisner in Singapore, where he was a senior associate.

In-house

Paul Chinnery is the new general counsel at News International, having previously been senior legal counsel at WorldPay.

The bar

Construction industry barrister Jonathan Shaw has taken up an associate tenancy at No5 Chambers. Shaw was called to
the bar in 2008 and became a member of No5 earlier this year.

Ex-Appleby litigation partner Graeme Halkerston is returning to the bar with Wilberforce Chambers.