Moves: 1 April 2013

Move of the Week

Peter Unsworth

Keoghs litigation co-head Peter Unsworth has quit the firm for rival outfit Clyde & Co. The move comes months after Keoghs opened an office in Manchester with the hire of Clyde’s Manchester fraud head Damian Ward. Ward took a 17-strong team with him to Keoghs. The insurance team followed in the footsteps of Clydes’ former Manchester head Dene Rowe, who joined Keoghs in June last year.



RPC has added associate Adam Chamberlain to its finance team. He joins from Macfarlanes, where he was a solicitor.

Slater & Gordon has split its business crime and regulation (BCR) team into two divisions. The new business crime team will be headed by Jeremy Summers, a specialist in white collar crime. Formerly a principal lawyer in the BCR team, he will focus on fraud, corruption and bribery cases,and enforcement action taken by the FSA. Craig McAdam specialises in regulatory investigations. He will come from being principal lawyer in the BCR department to lead the new disciplinary and regulatory defence team with Rosemary Rollinson, a specialist in professional disciplinary law.


Clarke Willmott has hired associate James Howard from Batchelors Solicitors, where he was also an associate. He will focus his practice on development transactions for the social housing sector in London and the south east. Associate Tracyann Tweedie will join the Tauton office. She was mostly recently an associate at Foot Anstley.


Charles Russell

has appointed two solicitors to its Cheltenham office’s property practice. Julie Sharp joins the property team as an associate from Eversheds’ real estate group. She specialises in investment and property management and trained at Mills & Reeve in Birmingham. Emily Goodwin joins the property litigation department as an associate. She joins from Rickerbys and specialises in landlord and tenant disputes.


Cartwright King has restructured its top management team. It has appointed Rupert Hawke as managing director. He was previously finance director and prior to that financial controller.  He will now be working alongside chairman and founder Michael Thurston as well as other directors.


Former Hogan Lovells of counsel James Larmour will join Freeth Cartwright’s Stoke office as a partner. He headed Hogan Lovells’ infrastucture and project finance team in London.

Two DWF family lawyers have left to join boutique James Maguire & Co, set up by former DWF partner James Maguire. Henry Venables and Lisa Brown will join the family law team in Wilmslow as associates. Both worked with Maguire when he was a partner at DWF.


Melanie Bridgen has joined Nelsons Solicitors’ Derby office as a partner in the family team. She was previously a partner at Smith Partnership, where she acted for both children ad parents in children and family law.


MacRoberts has recruited two new members of staff in its employment team. Carolyn Miller, formerly a director with Pinsent Masons, will join the Glasgow office as a partner on 1 May. Elaine McIlroy, currently a senior associate at Dundas & Wilson’s London office, will join as a Glasgow-based partner. She trained with MacRoberts and on her return will assist the firm’s business immigration team in addition to working in the employment team.

Harper Macleod has recruited the renewable energy team from McClure Naismith as part of its move into the marine energy sector. Partner Steven Brown and associate Michael Johnston will join as the first lateral hires in the firm’s recruitment drive, expected to bring in around 20 new faces.

Aberdeen firm Ledingham Chalmers has appointed agricultural law specialist, private client and environmental lawyer Jim Drysdale as a partner. Drysdale will join in the summer from Anderson Strathern in Edinburgh, where he is a partner.


Hunton & Williams has promoted Jörg Hladjk to counsel in Brussels. The German-qualified lawyer practises in the global privacy and data security group.

Watson Farley & Williams has appointed partner Axel Löhde to its German corporate practice. Löhde will join the Hamburg office to advise on transactions and high level general corporate advice. He comes from Löhde Leo Schmidt – Holburg & Witte, where he was a founding partner.

Kurt Luka has joined GvW Graf von Westphalen as an associate partner. He comesfrom Bird & Bird, where he was a counsel and will join the Hamburg office’s real estate and construction law practice as associate partner.

Stibbe has hired two partners from White & Case’s Brussels office in a boost for the firm’s corporate and private equity team. White & Case partner Stefan Odeurs and local partner Dries Hommez, both of whom practise private equity and corporate law, are due to join Stibbe later in the spring.

Belgian firm Van Bael & Bellis has promoted Johan Van Acker to its partnership. Van Acker is a lawyer in the firm’s competition team, and joined the firm in 2003.

Austrian firm Schoenherrhas appointed Bucharest managing partner Sebastian Guţiu to its steering committee. The committee consists of four members, including the firm’s managing partner Christoph Lindinger, and directs the firm. Guţiu’s responsibilities as a committee member will focus on the firm’s finances.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Gide Loyrette Nouel partner Erwan Le Douce-Bercot as a partner in its real estate group in Paris. Le Douce-Bercot will start work at Freshfields later this month, having previously been a partner at Gide since 2006. He represents property companies, investment firms and financial institutions on all aspects of real estate law, particularly acquisitions. He also advises on contentious matters.


Edwards Wildman Palmer has hired intelllectual property lawyer David Anderson. Anderson has built his reputation acting for the the videogaming and interactive entertainment industries. He will join as a counsel from videogame developer and publisher THQ, where he was vice president of business and legal affairs.


Mourant Ozannes has appointed Sonia Starvis to lead its non-contentious property practice in the Cayman Islands. She will advise cliens on all aspects of commercial and residential property work, property finance matters, local licensing and property related regulatory matters. She has advised on property matters since being admitted to practice law in the Cayman Islands in 1996 and was previously a counsel at Appleby.

The bar

Ian Bowie has moved to Hogarth Chambers. He will be joining the clerking team as a consultant from 2 April. He was previosuly senior clerk at Three New Square.

Kings Chambers’ David Casement QC has been appointed a deputy high court judge. He is a commerical law specialist who practises across Kings’ network of office in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham and will be allocated work in the Queen’s Bench Division.

In a return to the bar, barrister Adam Baradon has moved to Devereux. He comes from Skadden, where he practised in the firm’s disputes team.