On the move

Mayer Brown has hired a New York Allen & Overy counsel as a partner in its London ­corporate practice.


Tricia Cottrell
Tricia Cottrell

Move of the week

Hill Dickinson has appointed Tricia ­Cottrell as head of family in its commercial litigation practice. Cottrell specialises in divorce and judicial separation, dealing with high-value financial applications. She joins from JMW in Manchester and previously worked for Halliwells. “I’ve always followed the work of the firm with interest and look forward to bringing my expertise and ­experience in this field to Hill Dickinson,”
said Cottrell. She will be based in Hill ­Dickinson’s Liverpool office.

UK

LONDON

Bernd Bohr has joined Mayer Brown in New York and is expected to relocate to the City over the next few weeks to help support the expansion of the firm’s US M&A and capital markets practice in Europe. Bohr’s practice ­focuses on SEC-registered securities offerings as well as public and private M&A transactions.

Simmons & Simmons has taken on Nicholas Fox, who joins the firm’s IP group as of counsel. He comes from IP Asset and was previously head of the electronics group at Ipulse. He will assist primarily in developing ­Simmons’ international TMT patent litigation practice.

Vinson & Elkins has hired John Zadkovich, who joins as an associate in the firm’s ­international disputes practice. Zadkovich comes from McGrigors, where he was an associate ­specialising in international commercial ­arbitration in the energy sector.

 

South East

Thames Valley-based Morgan Cole has made a series of promotions, with six associates made up to senior associate level and seven lawyers made associates. As head of succession, wills and tax in the Thames Valley, James Greig has been ­promoted to senior associate. Heledd Lloyd-Jones leads the information governance team and is now a senior associate. Louise Howells, an ­experienced commercial property lawyer, is now a senior associate. Kate Nielson specialises in insurance and is now a senior ­associate.

Clara Snow becomes a senior associate in the ­commercial team. Emma Jackson, a ­member of the insurance ­professional excellence committee, is now a ­senior associate. Insurance lawyers Ann Isaacs and Jessica Ross have also been promoted to associate level, along with Kate Russell and ­Ashleigh Harold of dispute management and ­regulatory, Rajiv Joshi and Sarah Jenkins of the employment, pensions and benefits team and Mererid McDaid of corporate and commercial.

 

South West

Bond Pearce’s national planning and ­consents practice has been boosted by the arrival of associate Caryl Walter from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Walter brings experience of regulatory, environmental and planning issues, with a particular interest in climate change law and policy.  

Bettina Rigg has joined Veale Wasbrough Vizards as an employment partner. A key focus for Rigg is the education sector, in particular ­further education and higher education clients. She joins from Bond Pearce, where she was a partner working in the employment team and head of the education sector.

Midlands

Stephensons has appointed Michael Black to the new role of risk manager. Black joins the firm in Leigh after an eight-year period at the ­Solicitors Regulation Authority, where he worked as a practice standards adviser.  

Joey Byrne, partner at the Manchester office of Freeth Cartwright, has been promoted to national head of the firm’s insolvency practice. Byrne specialises in all aspects of insolvency work but has a particular interest in complex litigation and asset tracing/recovery both in the UK and overseas. 

Shakespeares has appointed a new client services director in the shape of Hamish Munro. He will lead the firm’s client services and ­commercial activities from early 2012. Munro is currently chief executive of the Guildhall ­Chambers in Bristol. 

Scotland

Edinburgh-based commercial law firm ­Davidson Chalmers has appointed partner Gavin Maclean to its property team. Maclean, a specialist in both residential development and commercial property law, has made the move after six years in the property team at Brodies, where he was a partner.

Wales

Dolmans has promoted Paul Veysey to the role of salaried partner. Veysey, a member of the ­litigation team, joined the firm in 2002 at the start of his legal career as a trainee solicitor. He qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and was promoted to the role of associate in 2008.

 

Europe

Germany’s Graf von Westphalen has ­reappointed its management team and promoted four lawyers to partnership. Managing directors Robert Theissen and Christof ­Kleinmann have been re-elected, along with members of the board of partners Ronald ­Steiling, Ulrich ­Stuhlfelner and Carsten Liersch. Lawyers Andrea Torka, Patrick Heid, Cornelia Erdl and Markus Knell have also been promoted to equity status. From January 2012, Katharina ­Feddersen, Ansgar Hain, Christian Kusulis, Marco Zessel and Daniel Michel will become associate partners.

Turkey’s Gökçe Atayilmaz Enkur has netted corporate and capital markets lawyer Bora ­Yazicioglu as a senior lawyer. Yazicioglu previously worked at SNR Denton.

Axa Real Estate has appointed Sarah Leroy as global head of legal. She will head a 14-strong team and be in charge of any legal issues relating to the management of real estate assets and commercial real estate loans in all regions where Axa Real Estate operates. Leroy joined Axa Real Estate in 2003 and in the past eight years has served as head of legal affairs, corporate finance for France.

Asia-pacific

Clyde & Co has promoted Matthew Durham as partner to its China corporate commercial group based in Shanghai. Durham has worked in China for over 10 years and has a particular interest in employment advisory matters.

Mayer Brown JSM has made up four of its lawyers in Asia to partner. They are Kevin Hawkins in corporate and securities, Jaime Lam and Susanne Reynolds in litigation and dispute resolution and Maythawee Sarathai in ­restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency.

Herbert Smith has hired Gavin Lewis as head of its dispute resolution practice in Asia.

He ­succeeds Mark Johnson, who has become the firm’s new head of Asia. A partner at Herbert Smith since 2001, Lewis specialises in litigation and regulatory investigations in the financial services sector.  

US

Levenfeld Pearlstein has recruited Mehgan Peetz as an associate for its corporate practice group and mergers, acquisitions and private equity service group in Chicago. Peetz joins the firm from the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis.