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Reed Smith has announced the appointment of litigation partner Robert Falkner to its Europe and Middle East commercial disputes group in London.
Move of the week
Robert joins the firm from Morgan Lewis, where he was a partner.
- Norton Rose has announced that Donald Warnock is to join as a dispute resolution partner in its construction and infrastructure team. Warnock moves from Eversheds, where he
- was a partner in the London construction and engineering group. He is currently on secondment to Tube Lines as a counsel.
- Holman Fenwick Willan has recruited former Waterson Hicks partner Andrew Ridings to join its trade and energy practice as a partner.
- Hausfeld has announced the expansion of its London office with the addition of associates Nicola Boyle and Rhea Dhillon. Boyle joins from McGrigors, where she was a senior associate in the dispute resolution team, while Dhillon joins from Maurice Blackburn in Australia.
- Bristows has recruited Toby Crick as a partner in its IT and outsourcing practice. Crick is a technology, communications and outsourcing specialist, with more than 10 years’ experience. He joins Bristows from Bird & Bird, where he was an associate in its outsourcing practice.
- Pictons Solicitors has appointed two non-lawyers as partners. Anil Virji, who heads the firm’s costs department, is a fellow of the Association of Law Costs Draftsmen. Yvonne Hardiman has been the firm’s head of HR for nearly four years. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
- Tax lawyer Sue Adams has joined Battens Solicitors in Dorset as a director in the tax, wills and probate team. She joins from Thomas Eggar, where she was an associate.
- Leeds-based Lee & Priestley has appointed three new solicitors: Dominic Lush, Ryan Gracey and Nigel Cousin. Lush is a newly qualified solicitor specialising in transactional work. Gracey will handle a variety of commercial work including supply, distribution and consultancy. Cousin has joined Lee & Priestley’s insolvency team.
- Keoghs has appointed Ted Sheils as a partner in its counter-fraud services division. He joins from Weightmans, where he was head of the Manchester fraud team.
- Just Costs Solicitors has appointed two new directors. Richard Lees has joined the firm as legal services director, having previously been a partner and head of personal injury at Wake Smith & Tofields in Sheffield. Nic Edmondson joins as commercial legal director from local legal expense insurer Financial & Legal Group.
- Norton Rose has appointed Mélanie Thill-Tayara as head of its competition, regulatory and EU practice in Paris. She join from Salans, where she was a partner and head of the French and European competition law practice, which she created 18 years ago.
- Lovells has strengthened its IP capabilities in Russia by recruiting consultant Vladislav Ugryumov and associate Anton Bankovsky. Both have joined from Baker & McKenzie.
- Maples and Calder has announced that Petrina Smyth will join the firm’s team in Dublin as head of tax. Smyth is experienced in negotiating tax aspects of financial services matters, M&A and inward investment. She joins from Matheson Ormsby Prentice.
ASIA AND MIDDLE EAST
- Gide Loyrette Nouel has bolstered its Ho Chi Minh City office with the appointment of three lawyers. Jacques de Servigny is the new partner in charge of Gide’s Vietnam offices, which are located in Hanoi. He has relocated from the firm’s Budapest office. Samantha Campbell has joined Gide as head of banking and finance after nine years at Sullivan & Cromwell in London. Tran Duc Son joins Gide from Mayer Brown in Hanoi and was previously a legal consultant for the Vietnamese government.
- Nixon Peabody has named Henry Liu as managing partner of its Shanghai office. Liu takes on this new role in addition to his current leadership positions as chairman and managing partner of the firm’s China practice. Prior to joining Nixon Peabody in January, Liu served as the general counsel and director-general at the China Securities Regulatory Commission.
- White & Case has hired Charles Wilson to join its Singapore office as counsel. Wilson has joined the firm from the senior management team of Linq Asia Capital. His experience includes restructuring, structured finance, private equity and M&A.
- The Chicago office of K&L Gates has welcomed David Short as a partner in its commercial disputes practice. Short joins from Kelley Drye & Warren, where he was a partner.
- Vinson & Elkins has hired counsel Timothy Tyler from Mayer Brown, where he was also counsel.
- 3PB has taken on Serena Gowling and Nigel Gowling, both from No 5 Chambers in Birmingham. Serena has joined 3PB’s property and chancery group while Nigel will work across its property and chancery, commercial and business and personal injury groups.