Moves: 24 September 2012

John Allison, former head of Addleshaw Goddard’s corporate practice in London, has joined Hogan Lovells as a partner with experience in the financial services sector.

John Allison

Move of the week

Allison specialises in domestic and international corporate work, advising on mergers, acquisitions and disposals and joint ventures. Prior to Addleshaw Goddard he was a partner at Bird & Bird, having spent time at Garretts/Andersen Legal and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

UK

London

Lesley Gregory
Lesley Gregory

Lesley Gregory, chief executive of Memery Crystal, has been appointed to the operational advisory board of Blur Group.

Eversheds has appointed CMS Cameron McKenna banking and finance partner Alex Doughty as a partner in its London banking team.

Sarah Glockler has joined Teacher Stern as a senior associate in the employment team. She joins from Abrahams Dresden where she was employment partner.

Bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer Paul Atherton has joined Kaye Scholer as a partner in its London office. He was previously a partner with Kirkland & Ellis in London.

IP firm Forresters has appointed Jagvir Purewal as a trainee attorney. He was previously a technical manager at research and development company Fire Protection Worldwide.

Ayesha Hasan has joined the London office of Locke Lord as a real estate investment and finance partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner, where she was senior associate.

Lester Aldridge has appointed John Hussey as a partner in its real estate department. Hussey specialises in commercial property law, and was previously partner and head of real estate at Joelson Wilson.

South

Pitmans has strengthened its corporate team with the hire of partner Roger Gregory. He was a corporate partner with Dorsey & Whitney.

Dorset firm Battens has hired Christine Butterfield as a private client solicitor. She was previously with HMG Law, Oxford, where she was a solicitor in the same sector.

North

The Manchester office of Hill Dickinson has appointed former DWF partner Sharon Williamson. Sharon has joined the commercial litigation team.

Paul Norton
Paul Norton

Williamsons

has hired a new senior lawyer for its crime department. Barrister-turned-solicitor Paul Norton joins from Max Gold Law in Hull.

Watson Burton has strengthened its corporate finance practice with the appointment of specialist Andrew Francey as partner. He was a senior associate at Lupton Fawcett.

Andrew Francey
Andrew Francey

Europe

White & Case has added to its M&A practice with partner Darragh Byrne joining the firm’s Stockholm office. He was an advocate at Linklaters and brings with him senior associate Christian Holmberg.

US

Real estate lawyer Colin Smith has joined Holland & Knight in Northern Virginia as a partner, with senior counsel Briana Stolley joining him from Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald.

Stolley
Briana Stolley

Debevoise & Plimpton has named Erin Sheehy as counsel to the firm, based in its Washington DC office. Sheehy is a member of the litigation department.

Reed Smith has added Victoria Holstein-Childress as a partner in its financial industry group based in Washington DC. She was formerly a partner in the financial services litigation group of Davis Wright Tremaine.

Nixon Peabody has added corporate partner Xueqing Linda Ji in its Boston office. Linda was previously vice-chair of Foley & Lardner’s China practice.

Covington & Burling has brought in former senior State Department official Dr Witney Schneidman to its Washington DC office to launch its Africa practice.

South America

Holland & Knight has hired three partners to its Bogota, Colombia office. Juan Carlos Valencia Marquezjoins from Valencia Abogados and Asociados, Vicente Umaña Carrizosa from Citibank in Colombia and Central America and Felipe Sandoval Villamil was legal counsel for Southern Cross Energy.

Asia-Pacific

Ropes & Gray have hired counsel Mimi Yangto its Shanghai office in the firm’s securities and complex business litigation group from Morrison & Foerster.

Squire Sanders has hired Hisao Hirose to its Tokyo office as financial services partner. He was previously a partner at Latham & Watkins’ Tokyo office where he headed the aviation finance practice.

Stephenson Harwood partner Andrew Ridgen Green has relocated from London to Hong Kong to boost the marine and international trade and dispute resolution practice.

Holland & Knight has expanded its Abu Dhabi office with the addition of Steven Hunt as a partner in the construction industry practice group. He was at UAE firm Al Tamimi & Company as regional head of the construction and engineering practice.

In-house

Alexis Burnetts has been appointed head of legal at children’s charity, the NSPCC, after a period as acting head. She was formerly an in-house solicitor at the National Childminding Association.

Move of the week

John Allison

John Allison, former head of Addleshaw Goddard’s corporate practice in London, has joined Hogan Lovells as a partner with experience in the financial services sector. Allison specialises in domestic and international corporate work, advising on mergers, acquisitions and disposals and joint ventures. Prior to Addleshaw Goddard he was a partner at Bird & Bird, having spent time at Garretts/Andersen Legal and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

UK

London

Lesley Gregory, chief executive of Memery Crystal, has been appointed to the operational advisory board of Blur Group.

Eversheds has appointed CMS Cameron McKenna banking and finance partner Alex Doughty as a partner in its London banking team.

Sarah Glockler has joined Teacher Stern as a senior associate in the employment team. She joins from Abrahams Dresden where she was employment partner.

Bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer Paul Atherton has joined Kaye Scholer as a partner in its London office. He was previously a partner with Kirkland & Ellis in London.

IP firm Forresters has appointed Jagvir Purewal as a trainee attorney. He was previously a technical manager at research and development company Fire Protection Worldwide.

Ayesha Hasan has joined the London office of Locke Lord as a real estate investment and finance partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner, where she was senior associate.

Lester Aldridge has appointed John Hussey as a partner in its real estate department. Hussey specialises in commercial property law, and was previously partner and head of real estate at Joelson Wilson.

South

Pitmans has strengthened its corporate team with the hire of partner Roger Gregory. He was a corporate partner with Dorsey & Whitney.

Dorset firm Battens has hired Christine Butterfield as a private client solicitor. She was previously with HMG Law, Oxford, where she was a solicitor in the same sector.

North

The Manchester office of Hill Dickinson has appointed former DWF partner Sharon Williamson. Sharon has joined the commercial litigation team.

Williamsons has hired a new senior lawyer for its crime department. Barrister-turned-solicitor Paul Norton joins from Max Gold Law in Hull.

Watson Burton has strengthened its corporate finance practice with the appointment of specialist Andrew Francey as partner. He was a senior associate at Lupton Fawcett.

Europe

White & Case has added to its M&A practice with partner Darragh Byrne joining the firm’s Stockholm office. He was an advocate at Linklaters and brings with him senior associate Christian Holmberg.

US

Real estate lawyer Colin Smith has joined Holland & Knight in Northern Virginia as a partner, with senior counsel Briana Stolley joining him from Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald.

Debevoise & Plimpton has named Erin Sheehy as counsel to the firm, based in its Washington DC office. Sheehy is a member of the litigation department.

Reed Smith has added Victoria Holstein-Childress as a partner in its financial industry group based in Washington DC. She was formerly a partner in the financial services litigation group of Davis Wright Tremaine.

Nixon Peabody has added corporate partner Xueqing Linda Ji in its Boston office. Linda was previously vice-chair of Foley & Lardner’s China practice.

Covington & Burling has brought in former senior State Department official Dr Witney Schneidman to its Washington DC office to launch its Africa practice.

South America

Holland & Knight has hired three partners to its Bogota, Colombia office. Juan Carlos Valencia Marquezjoins from Valencia Abogados and Asociados, Vicente Umaña Carrizosa from Citibank in Colombia and Central America and Felipe Sandoval Villamil was legal counsel for Southern Cross Energy.

Asia-Pacific

Ropes & Gray have hired counsel Mimi Yangto its Shanghai office in the firm’s securities and complex business litigation group from Morrison & Foerster.

Squire Sanders has hired Hisao Hirose to its Tokyo office as financial services partner. He was previously a partner at Latham & Watkins’ Tokyo office where he headed the aviation finance practice.

Stephenson Harwood partner Andrew Ridgen Green has relocated from London to Hong Kong to boost the marine and international trade and dispute resolution practice.

Holland & Knight has expanded its Abu Dhabi office with the addition of Steven Hunt as a partner in the construction industry practice group. He was at UAE firm Al Tamimi & Company as regional head of the construction and engineering practice.

In-house

Alexis Burnetts has been appointed head of legal at children’s charity, the NSPCC, after a period as acting head. She was formerly an in-house solicitor at the National Childminding Association.