People moves

Rosenblatt Solicitors has announced the appointment of Robert Guest as a partner and head of the firm’s funds and financial ­services division. He joins Rosenblatt from Beachcroft Solicitors, where he was a ­partner in the financial institutions group.


Robert Guest
Robert Guest

Move of the week

He has previously held the position of general ­counsel and compliance director at SG Asset Management and has held senior roles at Field Fisher Waterhouse and Johnson Fry. Rosenblatt senior partner Ian Rosenblatt said: “Robert brings with him enormous expertise and a proven track record, which will be an invaluable asset to our funds and financial services division. We’re delighted to welcome him to the Rosenblatt team.”

UK

LONDON

Linklaters has strengthened its US ­environment and climate change practice with the appointment of Jean-Philippe Brisson as senior counsel. He has experience of ­advising clients on environmental risks and liabilities arising in M&A, banking and project finance. He joins Linklaters from the Climate Action Reserve, where he was senior adviser.

Sidley Austin has announced that Antony Bryceson has joined the firm’s London office as counsel in the investment funds, advisers and derivatives practice. He was previously a partner at Simmons & Simmons, where he led the group that advised end-user clients on prime ­brokerage, asset protection and derivatives and trading ­documentation issues. He left Simmons last year.

Sacker & Partners has appointed James ­Bingham, a newly qualified solicitor, to its ­dispute resolution unit. He joins the firm from Travers Smith, where he trained as a solicitor. As part of the dispute resolution unit Bingham will work on resolving pension-related conflicts, which can include scheme funding regulations, ombudsman appeals and regulator actions.

Reed Smith has appointed Sarah Ramwell as corporate social ­responsibility (CSR) manager to supervise the firm’s CSR programme for Europe and the Middle East. She joins Reed Smith from ­Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she trained, and was seconded to the firm’s pro bono team.

South

Pitmans has strengthened its dispute ­resolution and pensions teams with three

new directors. Jonathan Durrant and William ­Richmond-Coggan joined Pitmans in 2005 and 2007 respectively. Durrant has been ­promoted to director within the dispute ­resolution team, while Richmond-Coggan has been taken on as a solicitor advocate. Chris ­Netiatis joined Pitmans in 2006 and has been promoted to director ­within the pensions team. Netiatis also heads the firm’s criminal law ­service.

Hampshire law firm Warner Goodman has promoted five of its legal team across offices in Southampton, Portsmouth and Fareham, to associate status. Sarah Brooks and Claire Knight, Paul Winslade, Liz Bryson and Emily Frampton have all been promoted to associate. Meanwhile, personal injury lawyer Andy Munden has been made up to director.

North

John Gaunt & Partners has promoted Jonathan Pupius from paralegal to executive manager. Meanwhile, former paralegal Patrick Robson, who was the firm’s first trainee solicitor, has qualified. Following a secondment to another practice to gain non-licensing experience, he returns to join the team as a licensing solicitor.

 

Midlands

Wiggin has hired Nav Sunner, who will join the firm to establish and head its computer games practice. He joins from Osborne Clarke, where he was co-head of the interactive ­entertainment group. He has experience in the computer games industry, including two senior in-house ­positions at games publishing houses ­Codemasters and Mastertronic.

Howes Percival has taken on Blake Lapthorn head of insolvency and business recovery Nick Oliver as a partner. He will head the firm’s ­insolvency and corporate recovery department and will join the firm officially in August.

Reddie & Grose has promoted Michael Roberts to partner in the firm’s Cambridge office. Roberts handles the biotechnology, life science and plant variety practice for

both domestic and overseas clients.

 

Europe

Lindahl is taking on Linklaters partner Peter Högström as a partner in its Stockholm office. His practice focuses on M&A and capital markets.

Nabarro & Hinge has announced the arrival of tax partner Patrice Couturier. He joins from Allen & Overy, where he had worked as a ­partner since 2002. Couturier specialises in the tax aspects of corporate acquisitions, financing and restructuring transactions.

 

US

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has brought in Stephen Nordahl as a ­partner in its New York office. Nordahl joins the firm from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, where he was also a partner.

Ogier has appointed Zac Lucas as a partner in its British Virgin Islands office. He joins from Harney Westwood & Riegels, where he was a partner and head of the trusts team.

K&L Gates has welcomed Michael John Miguel as a partner in its insurance coverage practice. Miguel joins from Morgan Lewis & Bockius, where he was a partner.