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Reed Smith has bolstered its Beijing office with the hire of corporate partner Michael Fosh from Herbert Smith.
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Fosh, a capital markets partner who led on the IPO of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, used to be chief representative of Herbert Smith’s Beijing office. His client base includes large China-based companies, private equity and sovereign wealth funds. Reed Smith partner and global head of strategy Michael Pollack, who relocated to Asia last year to push global integration, said: “Michael’s appointment is a significant step in the expansion of our capital markets presence in Beijing. His expertise will create further opportunities for cross-sell between our Asian offices and international network. We look forward to welcoming him to our team of over 130 lawyers in Asia.”
- TLT has expanded its social housing capability in London with the appointment of property and social housing associate Kate Silverman. She joins from Lewis Silkin, where she was a senior associate.
- Aerospace specialist Gates and Partners has announced that Neil McGilchrist, who is presently of counsel at the firm, has become a partner.
- Siân Dockray has joined Furley Page’s employment team as a solicitor. She will divide her time between the Canterbury, Chatham and London offices. A member of the Employment Lawyers Association, she joins Furley Page from ThomasMansfield, where she was a solicitor.
- Bond Pearce planning and regeneration partner Emrys Parry has been appointed a commissioner of the Infrastructure Planning Commission. He will take up the position when he retires from the firm’s partnership in May.
- Parabis Law has promoted five lawyers to its partnership, bringing the firm’s total number of partners to 60. The new additions are: Ian Kershaw and Beverly Tarran in the personal injury team; Robert Dell in the property damage and technical risks team; Nina Dhillon in the regulatory team; and Kiran Birdi in the travel department.
- Manchester law firm JMW Solicitors has promoted Gordon Cartwright to partner. He has been at JMW for nine years, having joined as a trainee, and is a member of the firm’s insurance litigation department.
- Family law firm Jones Myers has appointed Norman Taylor as a consultant in its finance team. He joins from Zermansky & Partners, where he was senior partner and head of family law. He is a founder member of the Leeds Collaborative Family Law group and a longstanding member of Resolution, the national family lawyers association.
- Nottingham firm Rothera Dowson has appointed John Buchanan as head of its employment department. Buchanan was previously an associate at DWF, where he worked for almost five years.
- Lemon&Co has hired solicitor Kirsty Hawkins to its litigation team. She joins from Wilsons in Salisbury, where she was a trainee.
- Channel Islands firm Carey Olsen has made Tim Corfield a partner. Corfield specialises in banking, finance litigation and corporate disputes. He joined the firm in 2005 from Wragge & Co, where he was a solicitor-advocate, and was later called to the Guernsey Bar in 2008.
- Collas Day has taken on newly qualified solicitor Aimee Curzon after she completed her training contract with the firm. As part of her training contract, she was seconded to Stephenson Harwood to gain a better understanding of UK property law. Curzon will focus on property and her work will cover a range of residential and commercial property matters.
- Francis Taylor Building has taken on Denis Edwards – who specialises in European and public law, including local government and education – as a tenant. He was previously a tenant at Hardwicke Building. Before joining the bar, Edwards taught law for 10 years at various institutions, including the University of Strathclyde and City University.
- Manchester’s 18 St John Street Chambers is continuing its expansion with three new appointments. Having completed his pupillage in August, new tenant Kane Simons specialises in personal injury. Before beginning his pupillage, Simons worked as a paralegal in the litigation department at Slaughter and May. Brendan O’Leary has taken on the role of criminal pupil after completing a graduate diploma in law at Manchester Metropolitan University and the BVC. Ryan Pugh has also joined the criminal team as a junior clerk.
- O’Melveny & Myers has promoted New York-based transactions lawyer Mark Wlazlo to the firm’s partnership. He is a member of the firm’s corporate finance and capital markets department.
- Clifford Chance has promoted four lawyers to the position of counsel and consultant in its Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo offices. Francis Edwards has been promoted to consultant in the Hong Kong banking and finance department. He joined Clifford Chance in 2000 and moved to the Hong Kong office in 2008. David Lam has been promoted to counsel in the firm’s banking and finance department in Shanghai. He has been with the firm since 2001, working in its Hong Kong, London, Beijing and Shanghai offices. Magnus Rodrigues has been promoted to counsel in the firm’s banking and finance team in Singapore. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he joined Clifford Chance in 1995 and moved from London to Singapore in 2009. Noriaki Tanimoto has been promoted to counsel in the firm’s capital markets team in Tokyo. He joined the firm in 2001 and worked in the corporate practice before moving to capital markets.