People moves

Ash Coleman-Smith
Ash Coleman-Smith

Move of the week

Ash Coleman-Smith, London and Europe, Middle East and Africa managing director at PR and advertising agency Ogilvy, will take up the board position on 1 May. ­Coleman-Smith said: “[Law] is a very ­interesting sector. There’s the Legal ­Services Act, the arrival of firms from the US, ­recessionary pressures and all the impact on clients and charging structures [combined with] an incredibly crowded marketplace, meaning that firms have to become more creative in how they communicate.” Coleman-Smith replaces ­former marketing head Neil Templeton and will run a 25-strong team.



Bankside Law has hired insurance solicitor Stephen Taylor, who joins the team from London-based firm Jeffrey Green Russell, and paralegal Craig Fabbian. The latter is an admitted barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of South Australia, and has been practising since 2005. He is currently in the process of qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales and joins Bankside Law after four years with specialist criminal firm Michael Woods & Co in Adelaide.



Doyle Clayton has hired Katie Harris as an employment solicitor in its Thames Valley office in Reading. She joins from Clarkslegal.

Taylor Walton has taken on Ben Twitchen as an assistant solicitor in its Harpenden office. He joins the firm from Birkett Long in Chelmsford and will work as part of Taylor Walton’s family law team.

Deirdre Moss has been appointed managing partner at Swindon’s Lemon&Co Solicitors – the first woman at the helm of the business in its 96-year history. Moss will develop the strategic direction of the firm, as well as continuing in her role as head of private client, specialising in wills, trusts and probate. She joined Lemon&Co 25 years ago and was also the first woman to be appointed a partner in the firm.


Greenwoods Solicitors has announced the arrival of Tim Addinell as a director and head of private client. He has more than 20 years’ ­experience in core private client work and joins the firm from Howes Percival, where he also headed the private client department.

Flint Bishop has expanded its personal injury division with the appointment of Andrew Royce as personal injury solicitor. He joins Flint Bishop from Curtis Parkinson in Nottingham, where he spent 10 years in the firm’s personal injury division.


Taylor&Emmet has taken on Jenny ­Arrowsmith as a senior employment law solicitor. Arrowsmith, who specialises in discrimination and equality law, spent the past 10 years at ­Eversheds in Leeds, where she was an associate.

Shulmans Solicitors has promoted solicitor Jennifer Higley to associate. Higley joined the firm’s commercial property department four years ago.

The healthcare team at Ward Hadaway has had a triple boost with the recruitment of three new solicitors, Helen Johnston, Claire Daly and Liz Nicholson. Johnston ­specialises in defending ­personal injury claims and joins from DWF.

Daly has experience in clinical negligence and was ­previously at DWF in Leeds. Nicholson was ­previously a trainee solicitor at Ward ­Hadaway and formally qualified as a solicitor in September 2009.


Ledingham Chalmers has promoted Jody Mitchell and David Scott to partner. Mitchell has spent his career to date with Ledingham Chalmers, where he completed his traineeship before moving into corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on ­corporate finance. Scott, who trained at Aberdeen firm Davies Wood Summers, joined Ledingham Chalmers in 2003 to work in commercial property, covering acquisition, disposal, financing and leasing.


Maples and Calder has revealed that Jon Fowler has been appointed as the head of its investment funds group in the Cayman Islands. David Brooks, who previously led the group, has moved to the newly-created post of chairman of Maples Finance, while continuing to be a ­partner in the Maples and Calder funds group.

Guernsey law firm Collas Day has announced three senior appointments from both inside and outside the firm. Gareth Bell, advocate and ­former senior associate within the dispute ­resolution department, has been appointed as a partner. He specialises in commercial disputes, trusts, insurance and anti-money laundering matters. In the same department, Michael Adkins has been promoted to senior associate. In ­addition, Marcus Hinkley has joined from Maples and Calder in Cayman to head Collas Day’s ­fiduciary department. He specialises in trusts and fiduciary. 


Bird & Bird’s German banking and finance team has grown with the arrival of Michael ­Jünemann, who joins the Frankfurt office as ­senior European consultant. He joins from Mayer Brown, where he was a partner.


Reynold Siemens has joined Pillsbury’s ­litigation and insurance recovery and advisory practices as a partner in Los Angeles. Previously a partner at Proskauer Rose, Siemens is ­experienced in other complex litigation matters including product liability, mass tort, ­environmental and consumer class actions.

Katten Muchin Rosenman has announced that Lisa Ohrin has joined its Washington office as a partner in the healthcare practice. Ohrin adds to a group of four attorneys who came to Katten from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in late January, including appellate partner Howard Rubin and white collar partners Joshua Berman and Glen Donath, all of whom have ­significant healthcare experience.  

Forbes Hare has taken on corporate lawyer José Santos, who leaves Maples and Calder to join its corporate group and head its Latin ­American practice. Santos has 15 years’ ­experience in the structuring of offshore special purpose ­acquisition companies.

The bar

Hailsham Chambers has appointed Richard Rodger as head of marketing. Bringing with him extensive legal services marketing experience and skills as an accredited mediator, Rodger leaves the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, where he was marketing and communications manager.