Moves roundup: 10 November 2008

Eloise Walker has this month joined the London office of Pinsent Masons as
a tax partner. She leaves ­Linklaters, where she was a senior associate, to take
up the role. Walker said: ­“Linklaters specialised in ­corporate tax, but I wanted to do more asset finance and funds work. I just fancied a bit of a change.”

Moves roundup: 10 November 2008Move of the week

Eloise Walker has this month joined the London office of Pinsent Masons as
a tax partner. She leaves ­Linklaters, where she was a senior associate, to take
up the role. Walker said: ­“Linklaters specialised in ­corporate tax, but I wanted to do more asset finance and funds work. I just fancied a bit of a change.”


• US firm Proskauer Rose has hired corporate finance partner Michael Crosby from Addleshaw Goddard. He will head the firm’s London
corporate finance group.

• Shipping and insurance specialist Holman Fenwick Willan has taken on Matt Illingworth as a partner in the London shipping and transport group. He joins from DLA Piper.

• Guy Beringer, the recently retired senior ­partner of Allen & Overy, has joined the board of The College of Law as a non-executive governor.

Edwin Coe has promoted Alexandra Carn to partner. She joined the firm in 2003 and works in the employment law team.

• US firm Covington & Burling has hired three associates in its London office. Corporate lawyers Karen Brooks and Alexandra Smith join from Weil Gotshal & Manges and Stephenson Harwood respectively, while litigation and insurance lawyer Edward Bridge arrives from Shearman & Sterling.

• Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy associate Will Belcher has moved to Taylor Wessing as a corporate partner.

• Helen Mezin, a qualified French notaire at Sykes Anderson, has qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales. She specialises in French property transactions.

Memery Crystal has strengthened its dispute resolution team by hiring assistant David Lytton, who was formerly in the financial services ­litigation group at Mishcon de Reya.

• Robin Simon has hired ex-Pinsent Masons consultant Jacquetta Castle as a partner.

Clifford Chance has recruited the former director of litigation at the Office of Fair Trading. Omar Yaqub will join the antitrust ­practice in January as a senior associate.

• US-headquartered Mayer Brown has taken on Raid Abu-Manneh, a partner specialising in ­construction and engineering disputes, in its ­London office. He was previously at Lovells.

• Westminster-based Piper Smith Watton has been joined by consultant Ian Insley, former head of construction with SJ Berwin and most recently a consultant at CMS Cameron McKenna.

The South

Penningtons Solicitors has recruited James Wood to its clinical negligence and personal injury group as an associate. James, who is a T7 paraplegic following a road traffic accident in 1990, was previously at Greenwoods.

Brachers has promoted two associates to the partnership: Paul Dungate in finance and Maria Passemard in employment.

South West

• Chris Worrell has joined Foot Anstey as a ­corporate partner. He had previously been at the London office of Osborne Clarke.


• Alex Payton has joined the Leicester office of Howes Percival as an associate solicitor in the employment team. He joins from Rich & Carr, where he was a partner and head of the
employment and commercial litigation

The North

• Liverpool firm Quinn Barrow has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new trainee. Stephen Ormisher has joined the firm’s employment department after graduating in law from Manchester Metropolitan University.

• Former Cobbetts lawyer Hesham Sabry has joined Preston-based Harrison Drury as an associate in the property team.


• Paul Jennings has been appointed the new managing partner of specialist property law firm Bell & Scott. He succeeds Iain MacDonald, who held the post for six years.

• Herbert Smith has boosted its Russia practice with the hire of Ed Baring as a partner from Allen & Overy, where he had been a senior associate. He becomes the third finance partner in the Moscow office.

• The European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association has appointed Fabio Brunelli as the chairman of its tax and legal committee. Dr Brunelli is a partner at Italian accountancy firm Di Tanno e Associati, and takes over from Ulf Söderholm, managing partner of Nordic law firm Andulf Advokat. Bernard Peeters, a partner at Belgian law firm Tiberghien, has been appointed to the new role of vice chairman.

Eversheds’ German ally Heisse Kursaw has recruited two associates. Stephan Jung joins the construction group from GSK Stockmann & ­Kollegen Rechtsanwälte and Martina Fronia joins the commercial group from Sotheby’s, ­London.
Asia and the

Middle East

• DLA Piper has relocated real estate partner Joseph Christian from Boston to Hong Kong.

• Holman Fenwick Willan has hired Aaron ­Jordan as a corporate partner in its Melbourne office. He joins from Oakley Thompson & Co.

• Morgan Lewis & Bockius has hired Satoru Matsuo, formerly of Morrison & Foerster, as an intellectual property partner in its Tokyo office.


• The former chairman of collapsed US firm Heller Ehrman has joined Dechert. Matt Larrabee will work in the San Francisco office.

• Former Shearman & Sterling partner Alberto Luzárraga has moved to Linklaters, where he will be a partner in the New York corporate team.

• Carter Ledyard & Milburn has recruited ­Morris Simkin as counsel in the New York ­corporate department. He was previously a ­partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has hired formed Shearman & Sterling counsel Megan Tang as a partner in its Hong Kong office. She will work on capital markets, investment banking and corporate transactions in the China practice.

• Arnold & Porter has appointed Charles Curtis as a partner in the Washington business litigation group. Curtis, a former law clerk to Justice ­Brennan in US Supreme Court, is known for his knowledge of Native American law.

• Miami firm Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson has promoted five ­associates to partner. They are Carlos Canino ­(litigation), Lauren Young Cantor (corporate and securities), Peter Lopez (real estate), Gordon McRae Mead (litigation), and Bonnie Navin ­(litigation).


• The Falkland Islands has appointed John Trevaskis as its new senior magistrate. Mr Trevaskis is taking a two-year sabbatical from his current position within the Ministry of Justice to take up the role.

The Bar

• St Johns Buildings in Manchester has taken on 25 members from Peel Court Chambers, which dissolved last month. They include five silks: former joint heads of Peel Court, Richard Marks QC and Andrew Byrne QC, together with Howard Bentham QC, David Lane QC and Michael Shorrock QC.

• Liverpool Civil Law has launched a dedicated costs department, headed by barristers Chris Jackson and David Pilling. They joined the ­chambers from Young Street Chambers in Manchester and will provide services to solicitors acting for claimant and defendant insurers.

• Monckton Chambers has welcomed two new tenants, Anneliese Blackwood and Laura John, who completed their pupillages this month.