On The Move

Construction lawyer Peter O’Brien has joined Clarke Willmott as a partner from competitor Osborne Clarke.

Peter O’Brien
Peter O’Brien

Move of the week

O’Brien, a dual-qualified lawyer and quantity surveyor, joins the construction law team based in Bristol.

He believes his previous experience working as a quantity surveyor on big infrastructure projects, including on the Hong Kong ­International Airport project, gives him an edge in the sector. “I’m particularly interested in the renewable energy sector, which will become increasingly important to the economy in the coming years,” he commented. Steve Clarke, head of the construction team at Clarke Willmott, said: “Peter’s no-nonsense commercially focused advice will be a huge asset to our team and our clients.”



Simon Little has joined Shearman & ­Sterling’s London-based M&A team as a senior associate. He was previously a senior corporate associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York.

Stewarts Law has announced the arrival of two solicitors to its London office. Lauren ­Sullivan, who was previously an associate in the pensions and employment department of Slaughter and May, has joined the employment department. Daniel Green, who was previously an associate solicitor at Thrings, has joined the ­personal injury department.

Devonshires has promoted Donna McCarthy to the firm’s partnership. She joined the firm in 1999 and specialises in housing related litigation and strategic and policy advice.

Fox Williams has appointed Peter Wright as a partner in its financial services regulatory team. Before joining Fox Williams, Wright spent five years with the Financial Services Authority as a member of the regulator’s enforcement
legal group.

South East

Henmans has netted two solicitors for its Oxford office. Rupert Burchett, who trained at Clifford Chance, joins the firm’s agricultural team as a solicitor. Melanie Slocombe joins the employment team as a consultant, having ­previously worked at Steen & Co.

Sussex firm Mayo Wynne Baxter has announced the promotion of three of its lawyers to the firm’s partnership. Clinical negligence solicitor Robert Bell, property litigator Steven Holt and employment lawyer Martin Williams have all been made up.

Moore Blatch has appointed corporate and insolvency specialist Jasper Buxton to the firm’s Southampton office. Since training and qualifying with DLA Piper, Buxton has advised and assisted UK and global businesses.


Lichfield-based firm Keelys has bagged a new head of wills, trusts and probate in the shape of Erica Burt-Moore. She joins from Moseleys, where she was a partner.


Armstrong Watson’s corporate recovery ­division has announced the promotion of Dave Robson to partner. Robson joined the firm’s Leeds office in 2005.

Doncaster firm Atherton Godfrey has ­promoted senior associate Christopher Noble to its partnership. Noble will continue to head the firm’s clinical negligence team.


Biggart Baillie has recruited a new partner for its dispute management team in the form of ­Vannan McKellar. He was previously a partner at Davidson Chalmers and has ­experience in dispute management, litigation and employment.


White & Case has appointed Ferigo Foscari as a partner in the firm’s Milan office. He will focus on equity capital markets and M&A-based ­transactions as part of the firm’s banking and capital markets practice for Western Europe, ­Middle East and Africa. He joins from Italian law firm Chiomenti Studio Legale, where he was
a partner.

Jones Day has announced the arrival of Eric Barbier de La Serre as a partner in the antitrust and competition department of its Paris office. He comes from Latham & Watkins, where he was a partner.

Baker & McKenzie has netted a new partner for its European and competition law practice in Brussels. Gavin Bushell was previously a principal associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.


Winston & Strawn has revealed that Alex Au has joined its Hong Kong office as of counsel. He joins from the corporate department of DLA Piper Hong Kong.


The Palo Alto office of K&L Gates has ­welcomed Michele Floyd as a partner in the firm’s commercial disputes practice. Floyd joins from Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo.


Carey Olsen senior conveyancer John Le Tissier has been called to the Guernsey Bar to become an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey. Le Tissier joined what was then Carey Langlois in 1977 and is now a member of Carey Olsen’s property team.

The Bar

Francis Taylor Building has announced that Gary Grant has joined chambers. Grant, who ­specialises in licensing and regulatory law, joins from Ely Place, where he was head of the ­licensing group.

Exchange Chambers has welcomed three new barristers as members of its Leeds arm. Emma Bennett joins from 2 Kings Bench Walk in ­London, Alfred Weiss from Zenith Chambers in Leeds and Chris Royle from St Philip’s ­Chambers in Birmingham.