Moves roundup: 20 October 2008

Jonathan Metliss has joined West End firm Davenport Lyons as a partner in the ­corporate department. He was a founder partner at SJ Berwin and went on to become senior corporate finance partner. Metliss was most recently at Rosenblatt Solicitors where he was a consultant.


Move of the week

Jonathan Metliss has joined West End firm Davenport Lyons as a partner in the ­corporate department. He was a founder partner at SJ Berwin and went on to become senior corporate finance partner. Metliss was most recently at Rosenblatt Solicitors where he was a consultant.

Eversheds has hired Fiona Bolton as a partner in the London employment practice. She was ­previously an associate at Herbert Smith. The firm has also moved real estate partner John Kemkers from London to its Abu Dhabi office.

• Former Simmons & Simmons IP partner ­Jeremy Morton has joined Fasken Martineau as a partner in its London office.

Ashurst has hired planning partner Trevor Goode from Berwin Leighton Paisner. He will work in the planning and public sector group.

Taylor Wessing has taken on financial ­institutions partner Jonathan Rogers, formerly a senior associate at Lovells.

• The London office of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge has hired life sciences partner Tony Maschio from patent boutique D Young & Co.

Harbottle & Lewis has recruited Paul Cairns as a partner in its interactive entertainment group. Cairns, a specialist in the video games industry, joins from Electronic Arts where he was vice president of business affairs.

Wragge & Co has hired Pinsent Masons ­partner Paul Kent for its 10-lawyer property ­litigation team as a director. Previously he ­headed the property litigation team at Pinsents’ Birmingham office.

• US firm Fulbright & Jaworski has relocated white-collar crime partner Alex Rene from ­Washington to London.

• Commercial litigator Elaine Chen has joined Clifford Chance in Hong Kong as a partner. She was previously at Mayer Brown JSM, having joined Johnson Stokes & Master in 1997 before it merged with the US firm.

• Benoît Le Bret has joined the Brussels office of French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel as a partner. Prior to this he held the post of head of cabinet under Jacques Barrot, vice president of the ­European Commission.

• TRG has appointed Tracey Tarrant as a partner in the IT, commercial and outsourcing group. She joins from US firm Morrison & Foerster, where she was a senior associate in the firm’s ­technology transactions group.

• Warwickshire firm Alsters Kelley has hired two new assistant solicitors. Georgina Suman joins the family law group from Scutt Beaumont and Elizabeth Fripp joins the employment ­practice from Employment Integration. The firm has also taken on paralegal Balraj Singh Jagdev from Sanders & Co and trainee Matthew Waite.

• Newly qualified property lawyer Kathryn Green has joined Milton Keynes firm Kimbells as an assistant solicitor from Jones Day.

• Kirsty Brimelow has joined Doughty Street Chambers as a junior from 187 Fleet Street.
She specialises in serious crime and human rights law.

Dechert has hired Angelyn Lim as a financial services partner in Hong Kong. She was ­previously employed by Herbert Smith.

• London-based Halebury has taken on former Blake Lapthorn partner Nicholas Poole as a ­consultant in the corporate/commercial group. He was previously a consultant to the CfBT ­Education Trust.

Weightmans has strengthened its regulatory team by hiring associate Hazel Padmore from Browne Jacobson.

• Lord Justice Leveson has been appointed as Chairman of the Criminal Justice Council with effect from 20 October 2008, ahead of the ­retirement of Lord Justice Gage.

• Mrs Justice Black has been appointed ­commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission. She replaces Mr Justice Goldring, who becomes Lord Justice of Appeal.

• IP boutique Keltie has recruited Richard Lawrence as director of corporate projects. He was previously director of business development at Glasgow-based Murgitroyd & Company and most recently IP head at Hewlett-Packard.

• Surrey-based Mundays has promoted three associates to partner: Phil Walton in corporate, James Lawrence in the residential development practice and Veronica Gilmore in family law.

• Stuart Chapman, the former head of litigation at Pinsent Masons in Leeds, has left private practice to become a full-time independent ­mediator.

• Westminster-based RadcliffesLeBrasseur has hired partner Stephen Levinson from Manches for its employment team.