​Moves 2 December

Move of the Week


Keystone Law has hired former Harbottle & Lewis managing partner Lawrence Abramson as a litigation partner. Abramson, who joins from Fladgate, specialises in the media and sports industries. 

He has advised on a number of high-profile cases including acting for Procul Harum singer Gary Brooker on a copyright dispute with organist Matthew Fisher.



Charles Russell has hired Dhana Doobay as senior counsel
in the TMT practice. Doobay, who was previously head of communications at Ashurst, has experience in advising on high-profile transactions and regulatory affairs. Doobay will also provide support to Middle East offices including Bahrain and Qatar.

MJ Hudson has boosted its M&A and venture capital team with the hire of Karma Samdup and Graham Nicholson. Samdup, who joins from CMS Cameron McKenna, will lead the venture practice and has advised start-ups and high-growth companies. Nicholson will join as a consultant and was previously an equity partner at SJ Berwin. He has experience of private equity transactions such as buyouts and fund-related transactions. 


Shook, Hardy & Bacon has rehired John Fraser as a partner to chair its international litigation and dispute resolution practice. Fraser was previously deputy general counsel at Philip Morris International where he was involved in disputes such as the defence of product liability claims. His expertise is with multinational corporations.

Hogan Lovells has hired competition partner Mark Jones. He joins from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he had been a partner for over 10 years, working on the supervisory board following the merger with Fulbright & Jaworski. His practice is made up of antitrust, competition and economic regulation.


DAC Beachcroft has hired construction and engineering partners Warren Kemp and James Harrison from Watson Burton. Kemp and Harrison have experience working with clients in the housebuilding, engineering and insurance sectors. 



Gordon Steele, former head of litigation at Paull & Williamsons, has joined HBJ Gateley as a litigation partner in the Edinburgh office. Steele’s focus is on commercial dispute resolution. 

Harper Macleod has hired commercial partner Ken Ross to its Edinburgh office. Ross was managing partner at Burness from 1997 to 2000 and joins from Balfour Manson, where he headed the commercial team.


Gide Loyrette Nouel has hired Boris Prozorov as a partner and co-head of its Russian banking and finance department to the Moscow office. Prozorov joins as an associate from Linklaters, where he advised banks such as Gazprombank, BNP Paribas and ING.

Dentons has expanded its Istanbul office with the hire of six lawyers to its competition team. Şahin Ardiyok joins Dentons’ local associate firm Balcioğlu Selçuk Akman Keki (Baseak) as a partner from consultancy firm ACTECON, bringing with him five lawyers and three economists. Ardiyok represents the Turkish state at the International Chamber of Commerce’s Competition Commission and also represents clients on competition issues before the Turkish Competition Authority.


Hogan Lovells has expanded its Los Angeles office with the hire of a three-partner corporate transactional team from New York-based Kaye Scholer. The firm has hired corporate and M&A partners Barry Dastin and Russ Cashdan, and media and entertainment partner Sheri Jeffrey. 

In New York Weil, Gotshal & Manges has rehired Courtney Solcher Marcus to its Dallas office. Marcus will join the office as a partner in the global finance practice. She was previously a partner at legacy Fulbright & Jaworski

Jackson Lewis has hired Fraser McAlpine as a partner and, from 1 January, managing partner of the San Francisco office. He was previously managing partner of  the San Francisco office of Hunton & Williams.

Middle East

Dentons has expanded its Middle East base with the hire of two lawyers. Former DLA Piper legal director Ian Dalley will join the Abu Dhabi office, while former Norton Rose Fulbright finance of counsel Alex Roussos will join the Dubai outpost. 

Asia Pacific

Deacons has strengthened its capital markets practice with the appointment of Kevin Tong as a partner. Tong was previously a partner in the Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons. Before joining KWM in 2011, he had practised at Simmons & Simmons a consultant and Linklaters as managing associate. He is experienced in debt capital markets deals and has a focus on offshore RMB fundraising. 

Around the same time as the Tong move Deacons hired tax lawyer Travis Benjamin, who was previously a special counsel in Baker & McKenzie’s global tax group in Hong Kong, to lead its tax practice. Benjamin joins as a partner-level foreign lawyer.

Howse Williams Bowers (HWB) has appointed experienced regulatory lawyer Jill Wong as a partner. Wong joins from the Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons, where she was a counsel. She has 20 years’ experience advising financial institutions and multinational companies on regulatory, compliance and risk management matters. Prior to joining KWM in 2011 Wong was the head of Credit Suisse Group’s Asia regulatory group for three years. She was also previously deputy general counsel at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

The bar

Wilberforce Chambers has hired XXIV Old Buildings practice director Nicholas Luckman as its incoming practice director. Luckman is a long-standing member of XXIV Old Buildings’ clerking team, having joined the set in 1984 and been appointed practice director in 1987.