Lovells has boosted its Asian banking practice with the hire of a partner from Stephenson Harwood & Lo. Owen Chan joins the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Lovells has boosted its Asian banking practice with the hire of a partner from Stephenson Harwood & Lo. Owen Chan joins the firm’s Hong Kong office.

• LG has raided Simmons & Simmons for ­commercial litigation associate Eoin O’Shea. O’Shea joins LG as a partner in London.

• Former Slaughter and May senior partner Tim Clark has found a new role as non-executive director of Mint Partners, the independent agency trading house. He retired from the firm
in April.

DLA Piper has launched a dedicated funds practice in Asia to be led by new partner Luke Gannon. Gannon joins from Australian firm ­Freehills and will be based in Hong Kong.

Taylor Wessing has strengthened its ­insurance and reinsurance practice with the hire of Anthony Menzies, formerly a partner at Clyde & Co. He will work as a partner in London.

• US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has taken on two new associates in its international offices. Anatoly Gakenberg joins the Moscow ­private equity practice from Kuzin Gakenberg Berezovsky. Reinout Vleugels bolsters the corporate practice in Brussels.

• US firm Arnold & Porter has hired Vernessa Pollard, former chief counsel for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She joins the FDA and healthcare practice in Washington as counsel.

• Leeds and Bradford firm Gordons has strengthened its insolvency team with the appointment of Wayne Parker, formerly a restructuring partner at Pinsent Masons.

• Paula Felton has joined the Northampton office of Tollers as director of trusts and wills. She was previously head of private client at Neves Solicitors.

• US firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has hired IP partner Michael Graif in New York. He was formerly at McDermott Will & Emery.

• Manchester firm Heatons has launched a ­construction practice by appointing new partner James Flynn from Addleshaw Goddard. Flynn was a managing associate at Addleshaws.

Shoosmiths has taken on former Berwin Leighton Paisner associate Philip Ryan in its Reading regulatory team.

• Manches has recruited two new assistants to its projects team in Oxford. Frances Death-Lever joins from M&A Solicitors in Cardiff while Jo Waite joins from an in-house role at Oxfordshire County Council.

• US firm Hunton & Williams has moved ­associate Ryan Logan to its Raleigh office. He was previously in the Charlotte office working in the privacy and information management ­practice group.

• Dorset-based Humphries Kirk has hired ­litigation associate Rob Wood from Edge & Ellis. He will be based in the Poole office.

• North-East firm Crutes has boosted its private client offering with the hire of assistant Paul Nickalls. He has spent the past six years at ­Dickinson Dees.

• London-based Silverman Sherliker has taken on assistant Trisha Ramdoo in its IP department. She was previously at Lewis Silkin.

DMH Stallard has hired a new partner in the London employment department. Taj Rehal joins from regional firm Howes Percival.

• Corporate partner David Grubman has been recruited to the Pittsburgh office of K&L Gates. He was previously at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

• East Sussex firm Rix & Kay has made two appointments. Partner Philip Ryder arrives from Speechly Bircham to bolster the country and prestige property group, and associate Tony ­Merriman joins the personal injury team from ASB Law.

• Graham Keating has been appointed principal solicitor for community services at the London Borough of Redbridge. He was previously in the community services team at London Borough of Islington Council.

• Manchester-based solicitors Rowlands has launched an IP department with the hire of ­partner Chris Hacking from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Hacking specialises in the protection of Olympic symbols, having worked on the Sydney games in 2000.

• US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Thomas Glascock, Leslie Sherman, David Spielberg and Mark Weitzel as partners in the San Francisco energy and project finance group. They were previously partners with Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner.