JMW Solicitors has taken on Patricia Cottrell as head of its family law practice.
Move of the week
Cottrell joins as a partner from the Liverpool office of the now-defunct Halliwells, where she was also head of the family department. She deals with all aspects of family law, in particular divorce, financial relief, prenuptial and cohabitation agreements and child cases. JMW managing partner Bill Jones said: “Patricia has experience, skill and flair and will be a fantastic asset.”
Steeles Law has added solicitor Amanda Owens and executive Jenny Hancill to its family and conveyancing teams respectively, as well as promoting wills and probate solicitor Lindsey Sharples to associate. Owens joins Steeles from Lloyd & Co Solicitors with more than 10 years’ experience in family law. Hancill arrives from Rogers and Norton.
Kingsley Napley has taken on Michael Rowlands as a partner in the family team. Rowlands joins from Cripps Harries Hall, where he was a partner and head of family. His arrival brings the number of partners in the family team to six.
Dawsons Solicitors has hired Alex Mizzi as an assistant in its employment department. Mizzi joins from Lewis Silkin, where she focused particularly on contentious work. Dawsons has also retained all four of its September qualifying trainees: Joe McCormick will join the litigation team; Jennifer Dickson qualifies into the family department; Richard Pull will work as part of the corporate group; and Tess Gatward joins the firm’s private client team.
Mills & Reeve head of family David Salter has been appointed as president of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML). Salter takes over from current president Ian Kennedy. The IAML is an association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and expert family law specialists in their respective countries.
Field Seymour Parkes has taken on Jacqueline McDermott as a partner and head of its employment team. McDermott joins from Pitmans, where she was a partner for more than four years. She has experience in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law.
Shammah Nicholls has appointed partner Peter Crewe as head of corporate recovery and insolvency. He has been with Shammah Nicholls since graduating from law school in 2003, working his way through the ranks from trainee. He was made partner in March this year.
Fairfax Solicitors has hired Gary Marshall as its chief operating officer (COO). Marshall was previously COO at GE Money, where he was responsible for all collections operations. Prior to joining GE he worked for Citibank International and Diners Club.
HBJ Gateley Wareing has taken on Kathryn Smith, who has joined the corporate team as a solicitor. Smith previously worked at Hammonds in Manchester.
Berrymans Lace Mawer has expanded its national healthcare unit with the appointment of new partner Jane Lang to its Cardiff office. She joins the firm from RadcliffesLeBrasseur, where she was a partner in the healthcare team and head of the Cardiff office.
Bond Pearce has brought in employment lawyer Linda Beedie as an associate in its Aberdeen office. She joins from Paull & Williamsons, where she was a senior solicitor. The firm has also hired solicitors Shona Stephen and Catriona McHattie and paralegal Julie Mackie.
Graham Burnside has been elected chairman of Tods Murray with effect from 1 October. He specialises in banking and finance work and succeeds Ian McPake, who will be retiring after 20 years as a partner with Tods Murray, including spending the past four years as chairman.
Covington & Burling has announced that Peter Lichtenbaum, most recently vice-president for regulatory compliance and international policy at BAE Systems, has joined the firm as a partner. He will be resident in Covington’s Washington DC office and will join the firm’s international trade and finance practice.
DLA Piper has taken on six Hogan Lovells attorneys, led by IP attorney and the former head of legacy firm Hogan & Hartson IP group Richard de Bodo. He joins as a partner alongside Siegmund Gutman, Robert Benson, Christopher Broderick and Troy Schmelzer. Of counsel Lawrence McClure will also leave Hogan Lovells, joining DLA Piper as a partner.
James Hays has joined the New York office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a partner in the firm’s labour and employment practice group. Hays joins from Mintz Levin, where he was also a partner.
Asia and Middle east
US firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has added partner Don Williams and special counsel Jenny Liu to its Shanghai office. Williams joins from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he was a partner in the firm’s Shanghai office. Liu most recently practised for several years in the Beijing office of DLA Piper, where she was a counsel.
Harneys has taken on associate lawyers Angelene Galway, Mark Bakacs and Thomas Williams for its Cayman Islands office, Fiona Chandler for its London office and Claire Robey and Lewis Chong for its British Virgin Islands office. Chandler joins Harneys in London from rival offshore firm Maples and Calder and will focus on investment funds, corporate and restructuring work. Bakacs and Galway join from Sidley Austin and Allen & Overy respectively. Williams has practised as a litigation attorney in Cayman since November 2008, before which he worked in the litigation and arbitration division at Herbert Smith. Robey joins from 4 New Square, where she was a barrister, and Chong joins from O’Melveny & Myers, where he was a counsel.