Moves: 7 July 2014
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Move of the week
TV company FremantleMedia has hired BBC Worldwide director of business and legal affairs, Robin Chalmers, as replacement for retiring general counsel Sarah Tingay. Chalmers will report to chief operating and financial officer Sangeeta Desai.
Gunnercooke has hired a number of recruits. Ammar Al-Tabbaa joins as a regulatory partner having previously worked at McKinsey & Company, where he was public sector counsel for Emea. Vincent Coppinger joins as a commercial litigation and regulatory partner and previously held partner positions at Stephenson Harwood and DLA Piper. Laurence Katz joins as a litigation partner, having been a partner at CKFT (now part of HowardKennedyFsi). Rob Fawke joins as banking partner, having previously been a partner and head of the corporate banking team at Pannone. Employment partner Steve Esmond joins from Nabarro, where he was a senior associate, while James Nichols joins as an insolvency and restructuring partner, having run his own specialist insolvency practice.
Senior international arbitration associate Alejandro Garcia joins the London office of Winston Strawn from Herbert Smith Freehills. Garcia previously worked at the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva.
Norton Rose Fulbright has hired Clare Jackman as of counsel to establish a strategic trade mark management and prosecution practice in London. She was previously a senior associate at Bond Dickinson.
Huron Consulting Group has hired Jonathan Maas as senior director for its UK client services. Maas joins from EY, where he served as an assistant director in the forensic technology and discovery services group. The group has also recruited Serge Poldi as director of UK discovery operations. Poldi joins from Forensic Risk Alliance, where he served as director of European e-discovery.
Legacy Field Fisher Waterhouse (now Fieldfisher) trade marks head Mark Holah has joined Oxford IP boutique Sipara as a consultant. Holah began his training at DLA Piper in 1994before moving to FFW in 2000. He became a partner in 2003 and left the firm this April.
Shoosmiths’ private client arm Access Legal has hired senior associate Jane Whitfield. Whitfield comes from Wellers Solicitors, where she was a senior solicitor. Whitfield will also be taking on the role of chair of the Law Society’s wills and equity committee in September.
IP firm EIP has recruited Richard Gordon-Brown as partner from patent and trade mark firm Page White & Farrer. Gordon-Brown’s background spans sectors from medical to automotive. He will be based in the Bath office.
Moore Blatch has named Damian Horan senior partner. Horan will take on an enlarged role under a new management structure. Based in Southampton, he is a partner and head of legal practice for the firm’s personal injury team.
Geldards has hired commercial partner Michelle Craven-Faulkner. She was formerly at Nelsons Solicitors, where she was also a partner.
Optima Legal has hired Arlene Rutter as operations director and Iola Sanger as operations manager for debt litigation. Rutter has worked for Lloyds, HSBC and Santander. She was mostly recently service delivery director at NorthgateArinso. Sanger joins from Sigma Financial Services, where she was commercial portfolio manager.
DLA Piper has hired Catherine Pogorzelski as a corporate partner in its Luxembourg office. Pogorzelski joins from Arendt & Medernach, where she was a senior associate.
Garrigues has hired tax specialist Tomás Cantista Tavares in its Porto office. He joins from BMC Sociedade de Advogados, where he was a partner.
Dentons has named Warsaw partner Pawel Debowski as sole chair of its European real estate group in the wake of co-chair Eric Rosedale’s departure to Greenberg Traurig.
Covington & Burling has introduced a European head of public policy and government affairs role, and hired former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyer Sebastian Vos to fill it. Vos was most recently a Brussels-based director at public affairs consultancy Fipra.
K&L Gates has hired Gina Bertolini as a partner in its healthcare practice. She rejoins the firm from the University of Michigan Health System,
where she was deputy general counsel.
In New York state, Jackson Lewis has hired Paul Friedman. Friedman was previously an employment partner at Epstein Becker & Green.
K&L Gates’ Seoul office has added Henry Shin as a corporate and M&A partner. Shin joins from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he was a senior associate.
K&L Gates has added John King as a partner in its energy, infrastructure and resources practice area. King joins from Clayton Utz, and will relocate to Singapore.
20 Essex Street has appointed Christopher Hancock QC and Duncan Matthews QC as joint heads of chambers.