People Moves

Norton Rose has raided Clifford Chance for corporate counsel Nick Dingemans who will join the firm’s Moscow office.

Nick Dingemans
Nick Dingemans

Move of the week

Dingemans advises on contracts in the oil and gas, power and mining and minerals sectors. Norton Rose partner Valentina Gluhovskaya, who heads the Moscow office, said: “Corporate and commercial work constitutes the backbone of our Moscow practice.” Earlier this year ­Norton Rose transferred London-based banking partner Caroline Hurley to Moscow to lead the firm’s Russian banking practice.



Stephenson Harwood has announced the appointment of Sean Jeffrey to the partnership. He joins the firm’s commercial litigation practice from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was of counsel and specialised in advising financial institutions on all aspects of investigations by the Financial Services Authority.

Pinsent Masons has strengthened its ­banking and finance offering by bringing in

Al-Harith Sinclair from DLA Piper to establish and head the firm’s new Islamic finance practice. Sinclair, who joins Pinsent Masons’ London office as a partner, specialises in Islamic project finance structures.



Veale Wasbrough Vizards has welcomed Judith Rhule as an associate. She joins the ­education and charities team after an in-house stint at Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Bond Pearce has announced the appointment of senior associates Rupert Graham Evans and Toby Rouse, who join the firm’s pensions team from Blake Lapthorn and Lovells respectively. Evans has experience in advising employers and trustees of defined benefit pension schemes, while Rouse works in pensions dispute ­resolution.

Wilsons Solicitors has revealed that Ben Thornton has been made up to partner in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution team, while James Aspden has also been promoted to the partnership and specialises in contentious trust and probate. Also joining the partnership is Belinda Watson, who joined the farms and estates practice in 2007 from Forsters. Two ­associate promotions have also been made for Grainne Heyman in the residential property team and Kathryn Anderson in trust and probate administration.

Bunkers Solicitors has announced the appointment of Caroline Philcox as head of ­litigation and dispute resolution. She was formerly head of the defendant and insurance department at ASB Law. She has litigation experience including major public authority/insurance ­litigation and travel liability work.

Clark Holt has welcomed Peter James to its partnership from Clarkslegal where he headed up its commercial and ­technology department.


Ledingham Chalmers has announced the promotion of Roddy Cormack from assistant ­solicitor to associate in its construction ­department. He joined the firm in October 2007, having trained at Bird Semple before taking up positions as a qualified assistant solicitor at ­Dundas & Wilson and then as a senior solicitor at Midlothian Council.

Brodies has re-elected Bill Drummond and Joyce Cullen as managing partner and chairman respectively, each for a further three-year term. First elected to the role in 1998, Drummond will have run the business for 12 years. Cullen has been chairman of Brodies since 2004 and acts as a lead adviser on dispute resolution ­matters.


Darwin Gray Solicitors has promoted ­employment lawyer Fflur Jones to partner. She started her career at Darwin Gray after qualifying in 2003. In 2008 she was made an associate and has now become the first partner to be appointed internally.


Jacksons has expanded its private client team with the appointment of solicitors Lydia McCaslin and Lucy Hoskyns-Abrahall, who has returned to the firm from maternity leave. McCaslin joins ­Jacksons from Hay & Kilner, where she has been working in its private client department. 


Beiten Burkhardt has reinforced its practice with the appointment of IP partner Mathias ­Zimmer-Goertz. He joins the firm from ­Rayermann, where he was a partner.


Reed Smith has expanded its corporate and securities group with the addition of partner Brian Miner, who joins the firm’s Philadelphia office from Morgan Lewis, where he was a ­partner in the M& A and securities groups.

Kaye Scholer has announced that Robert Unikel has joined the firm’s intellectual property (IP) practice as a partner in its Chicago office. Unikel, previously a partner at Howrey, is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on IP matters involving patents and trade secrets.

Chadbourne & Parke has revealed that Lori Hoberman has joined the firm in New York to lead its emerging company/venture capital team. Hoberman, who is a ­corporate partner, joins the firm from the New York office of Fish & ­Richardson.

Kevin Rooney has joined the Silicon Valley office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice group. Rooney most recently practiced at Hayden Bergman & Rooney in San Francisco as a ­partner. His practice area focuses on complex M&A, capital markets and private equity transactions.  

King & Spalding has announced that Patrick Morrisey has joined the firm as a partner and co-chair of its Food and Drug Administration/life sciences practice. He has extensive experience in healthcare regulatory, reimbursement, and ­policy matters and joins from Sidley Austin.