On the move

Gregor McGill (left) has been appointed head of the fraud prosecution service within the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Gregor McGill

Gregor McGill

He was previously a ­divisional head at the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, where he was ­responsible for serious and organised crime. CPS director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer QC said McGill would handle some of the most complex cases within the organisation, adding: “He’ll bring strength, knowledge and experience to the role.” McGill replaces David Kirk, who is now chief ­criminal ­counsel for the Financial Services Authority.


  • Manches has promoted senior associate Eva Huckle to partner in its family team.
  • Herbert Smith has hired Graham More from the Serious Fraud Office, where he was an ­assistant director. He joins Herbert Smith as a consultant in the firm’s corporate crime practice.


  • Higgs & Sons has strengthened its Black Country employment team by taking on Louise O’Connor as an HR consultant. Prior to this she was organisational development business ­partner at Trident Housing Association.
  • Northampton-headquartered Tollers has hired corporate finance partner Matthew Crosse from EMW Picton Howell.
  • Harrison Clark has taken on legal executive Jason Newbold as head of recoveries. He was ­previously a legal adviser in HSBC’s Birmingham office.


  • Leeds firm Simpson Millar has hired three company commercial partners. Philip Downing joins from Brooke North, Deborah Powell from Eversheds’ Leeds office and Steve Esmond joins from Ison Harrison.
  • Manchester firm JMW Solicitors has ­appointed Andrew Farrell as head of commercial litigation. He was previously an associate in the Sheffield office of Irwin Mitchell.
  • Colemans-ctts has promoted personal injury associate Melanie Burden to partner. Adam Duffy and Steven Astley have been promoted to associates in the Manchester personal injury team.
  • Irwin Mitchell has hired litigation partner John Lord for its Manchester office. Lord joins from Halliwells, where he was a partner.


  • Ledingham Chalmers has recruited property partner Mike Cunningham for its Aberdeen office. He was previously at Hutcheon Rattray & Co.
  • Clydesdale Bank head of corporate and ­structured finance Jack Ogston is joining the board of Edinburgh firm Davidson Chalmers as a non-executive director when he retires at the end of July.


  • Osborne Clarke has strengthened its German insolvency practice with the hire of associate Frank Fichtner from German firm Kübler.
  • Linklaters real estate partner Jens
  • Bock has left the firm’s Berlin office to join ­SammlerUsinger along with M&A counsel Thomas Rieger.


  • Eversheds partner and head of the India ­business group Gauri Advani has been appointed to the board of the UK India Business Council.
  • Linklaters funds partner Edward Smith has relocated from London to Hong Kong to head the firm’s Asian investment management practice.


  • Shearman & Sterling has four new litigation partners: antitrust specialists Edward Schwartz from DLA Piper and James Donato from Cooley Godward Kronish, as well as IP partners Michael Bednarek from Paul Hastings and Scott Doyle from Steptoe & Johnson.
  • K&L Gates has snared Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman San Diego managing partner Sue Hodges. She joins as a corporate partner.
  • The Charlotte office of K&L Gates has taken on Eliab Erulkar as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice. He joins from Baker & McKenzie.


  • Anthony Markham has returned to Maitland as a partner in the Isle of Man family practice. He was previously in-house lawyer to a wealthy ­international family.


  • Four barristers from St James’s Chambers in Manchester have joined Leeds-based Zenith Chambers. Timothy Lyons QC, Robert Sterling, Lucy Wilson-Barnes and Warren Potts will also remain members of St James’s.
  • Erskine Chambers silk Michael Todd QC has been re-elected as chairman of the Chancery Bar Association. Committee member Malcolm Davis-White QC of 4 Stone Buildings has been re-elected as vice chairman. Catherine Addy of Maitland Chambers has been re-elected as treasurer, while Elspeth Talbot Rice QC of XXIV Old Buildings has been appointed as secretary and Mark West of Radcliffe Chambers has been appointed as seminars ­secretary.
  • 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square has taken on housing and local government barrister Catherine ­Rowlands, who arrives from St Ive’s Chambers in Birmingham.