Moves Roundup: 1 December 2008

Simon Pritchard, senior director of mergers at the Office of Fair Trading, will move to Allen & Overy at the beginning of next year, ­becoming a partner in the antitrust practice.

Moves Roundup: 1 December 2008Move of the week

Simon Pritchard, senior director of mergers at the Office of Fair Trading, will move to Allen & Overy at the beginning of next year, ­becoming a partner in the antitrust practice. ­London antitrust head Mark Friend said: “Simon has seen the merger ­control process from both sides of the table and brings a unique insight into how competition authorities think about their cases.”



• Brown Rudnick has become the latest firm to benefit from the collapse of Heller Ehrman by taking on former IP partner Richard Penfold. He joins the London corporate group less than three months after moving to Heller from DLA Piper.

• Five-partner tax boutique The Khan ­Partnership has hired Gerald O’Mahoney as head of commercial dispute resolution. He was previously a partner at Davies Arnold ­Cooper.

Weightmans has strengthened its ­professional risk team with the appointment of partner Quentin Fox from Squire & Co, where he was a partner. He specialises in professional ­negligence and claims on behalf of insurers.

• Private client firm Wilsons has hired Ian Davies as a consultant and Fiona Campbell-White as an associate in its London charities and schools team. They join from Farrer & Co and Henmans respectively.

• Technology specialist iLaw has hired Rachel Laurent, who joins from Watson Farley & Williams after a career break.

• Bryan Cave has promoted counsel Richard Stewart to partner. He will practise in banking, restructuring and commercial ­litigation.

• Rooks Rider employment head Caroline Doran has been promoted to partner. She was made an associate in 2005.

• Shepherd and Wedderburn has appointed former Eversheds insolvency partner Brenda Harris as an associate. She was previously a ­senior solicitor at The Khan Partnership.


• Paul Wilson has joined Morgan Cole in Oxford as a construction partner. Wilson joins from Berrymans Lace Mawer in Birmingham, where he was head of the Midlands construction group.

• Duncan Morris has joined private client ­specialist Wilsons as a partner in Salisbury. He was previously at Thring Townsend Lee & ­Pembertons in Swindon.

• Manches’ Oxford office has hired newly-­qualified corporate lawyer Leanne Warren from Thomas Eggar in Newbury. Also joining is newly-qualified employment lawyer Jay Webster, who trained at Wollastons in Chelmsford.

• Milton Keynes corporate firm Kimbells has promoted corporate lawyer Karyn Wong, property litigator Mark Brown and property lawyer Claire Morgan to the position of associate.

South West

• Agricultural lawyer Miles Farren has rejoined Burges Salmon as a legal director after leaving 18 months ago to join Clarke Willmott as partner.

• Bath firm Stone King Sewell has merged with local practice Collier & Co following the ­retirement of name partner Andrew Collier.


Wright Hassall has hired John Dormer from KPMG in Birmingham as a corporate tax partner.

• George Green has hired private client associate Simon Vaile from Shakespeare Putsman.

• Black country firm Higgs & Sons has recruited new trainees Laura Westwood, Sarah Darby, Louise Taylor and Oliver Ward-Jones.

• Steeles Law has taken on Marcus Chapman and Joanna Smalley as assistants in the Norwich dispute resolution practice. Smalley qualified as an assistant after training at Steeles while ­Chapman arrives from Hood Vores & Allwood.


• Catherine Rustomji has joined Hempsons as an associate and third sector head for the North from Dickinson Dees, where she was an assistant.

• Patent specialist Mathys & Squire has appointed Gary Johnston and Robert Hawley from William A Shepherd & Son to head the new Manchester office. They join as partners.

• Hempsons has hired five solicitors and a ­paralegal in Manchester. Simeon Bower joins the healthcare litigation team as an assistant from Hill Dickinson; Lukman Patel arrives from Myers Lister Price as a real estate assistant; newly-qualified Jayne Popplewell and Patricia Roe join the healthcare team; Rachel Johnson joins as a real estate trainee; and paralegal Sajeda Mohmed joins the employment group.

• Sheffield’s Ashton Morton Slack has taken on newly-qualified Bryony Shaw, who trained at the firm. She joins the property team.

• Manchester’s Glaisyers has hired newly-­qualified James Roberts as a corporate assistant. He completed his training at Brabners Chaffe Street. Trainee Jodie Breslin is joining the ­personal injury team.


• Hans-Ulrich Wilsing has become head of the German corporate practice at Linklaters, replacing Dr Götz Eilmann who will return to practice.
asia and
Middle east

• Tony Grundy Morrison, former managing partner of Linklaters Tokyo, has joined Morrison & Foerster as a capital markets partner in Tokyo.

Jones Day has hired partner David Deck for its Tokyo banking and finance practice. Deck was previously partner at Baker & McKenzie GJBJ Tokyo Aoyama Aoki Law Office.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is sending London-based corporate partner David Higgins to Dubai to co-head the Middle East and North Africa corporate practice.


• Former US Solicitor General Paul Clement has returned to King & Spalding after a seven-year absence to establish an expanded national appellate practice and a strategic counselling practice.

• Hunton & Williams has boosted its ­Washington litigation and intellectual property practice by hiring Michael Oakes and William Potts as counsel from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and promoting Evangeline Paschal to counsel.

• Julie Vogelzang has joined Duane Morris as an employment and immigration partner in San Francisco. She joins from Luce Forward.

• Tony Chen has joined the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a ­partner in the IP group. He most recently ­practised in the Santa Monica office of Bingham McCutchen.

• King & Spalding has hired partner John ­Chandler for its litigation practice in Atlanta. Prior to this he was a partner at Sutherland.

• Former federal prosecutor Courtney Trombly has joined King & Spalding in Washington as counsel. She was previously an assistant US ­attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

• Crowell & Moring’s New York office has taken on corporate partner Joseph Adams, who joins from Jones Day.

• David Donoghue has joined Holland & Knight’s IP group as a partner in the Chicago office. Donoghue joins from DLA Piper, where he was special counsel.

• Foley Hoag in Boston has recruited IP counsel Rajesh Vallabh. He arrives from his own practice, Boston IP Law Group.

Legal authorities

• Former Carpetland chairman Julian Lee has been appointed to the Legal Services ­Commission for a three-year term. He is ­currently chairman of Brighton and Hove City Teaching Primary Care Trust.


• Newspaper and magazine distributor Smiths News has recruited Stuart Marriner from TLT as company solicitor. Marriner, who was a commercial associate at TLT, will provide legal counsel for regulatory, commercial and litigation matters.