On the move

Bryan Cave has hired Dorsey & Whitney London real estate head Nadeem Khan as a partner in its City-based real estate client service group.

Move of the week

Khan, whose practice focuses in large part on the UK and European ­automobile industry, joined Dorsey in 2001 from Bird & Bird to establish the US firm’s London property team. Bryan Cave London managing partner Rodney Page said of Khan: “His arrival to the London office enhances our ability to represent businesses in the United Kingdom and internationally with a ­significant property practice, including for investors, landlords, tenants, developers or agencies. His breadth of experience ­encompasses all aspects of real estate, which will complement our M&A, finance and litigation practices.”



Debevoise & Plimpton associate Damian Connolly has departed the US firm to join the ­London office of US rival Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge as a partner in its insurance and reinsurance group.

Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London office has made its third partner hire in recent months with the recruitment of Shearman & Sterling ­counsel Rob Ferguson as a partner in its capital markets team.


Pitmans has expanded its defendant ­insurance team with a trio of new hires. Joanne Eden, Stacey Marsh and William Meek have all joined the Reading firm as solicitors from, respectively, Henmans, Berrymans Lace Mawer and Davies Arnold Cooper.

TLT has strengthened its Bristol-based family practice with the hire of associate Natalie Drew from Bath firm Mogers.


South Manchester firm Gorvins has hired David Cooney as a partner in a boost to its wills, trusts and probate department. Cooney joins from Chester firm Aaron & Partners, where he was a partner.

Derbyshire firm Simpson Jones has launched a new family division. The new division will be headed by Claire Dean, who joins the firm from Next Step in South Derbyshire, where she ­provided court representation and advice in domestic violence proceedings to clients in the South Derbyshire area.


Bell & Scott partner Brandon Malone has joined Scottish firm McClure Naismith as a ­partner and head of its new construction dispute team. Malone is joined at his new firm by Bell & Scott assistant Sara Lannigan. The practice will

be part of the firm’s construction unit, which is headed by partner Mark Cowie.


Allen & Overy has increased its Paris M&A firepower with the hire of a three-lawyer team from Debevoise & Plimpton. The trio comprises partner Marc Castagnède, who leads the team, and senior associates Dan Taïeb and Olivier Thébault.


O’Melveny & Myers partner David Enzminger has joined Winston & Strawn’s Los Angeles office in a boost to the latter’s IP litigation ­offering.

Seyfarth Shaw partner Andrew Hahn has joined Duane Morris’s New York office as a ­partner in its expanding trial practice group.

The firm has also recruited Nicholas Zachariades as a partner in its Boca Raton IP practice from Novak Druce & Quigg.

Asia and Australasia

DLA Phillips Fox partner Iain Rennie has left the firm to join TressCox Lawyers’ Sydney office. Rennie’s resignation became effective at the end of February and he joined TressCox last month. Rennie has more than two decades of experience working on mergers, joint ventures and ­contractual arrangements.

Norton Rose has beefed up its Chinese ­offering with the recruitment of Fei Kwok as of counsel in its Shanghai office. A banking and project finance lawyer with expertise in shipping finance and energy-related transactions, Kwok joins the firm from Shearman & Sterling, where she was a senior associate.

Paul Weiss has strengthened its China

group by adding counsel Gary Li to the practice ­management team. Li has been at the firm for 10 years, joining the New York office as an associate in 2001 and transferring to Hong Kong in 2007.

The bar

Veale Wasbrough Vizards partner Nicholas Briggs has returned to Bristol set Guildhall Chambers after 18 months as head of ­restructuring and recovery at the firm.