People moves

Simmons & Simmons is rebuilding its depleted Paris office with the hire of Landwell & Associés partner Michèle Anahory.

Move of the week

Her arrival follows a number of partner losses from the firm’s French office. This week it was announced that Africa group head Christophe Asselineau (bottom right) is joining Shearman & Sterling, employment partner Laure Joncour (top) is leaving for Norton Rose and corporate finance partner Arnauld Achard is moving to Fasken Martineau. Anahory, who brings an associate with her, specialises in the pharma and healthcare sectors, with a particular focus on public and private healthcare companies. Her hire follows the January appointment of medical consultant Alain Rimailho, who ­previously practised as a cardiologist. Simmons Paris managing partner Thierry Gontard said Anahory’s hire was part of the firm’s focus on areas where it has existing strength. Gontard added that Simmons also plans to grow its employment and regulatory teams.



Forsters has beefed up its private client ­offering with the promotion of two of its lawyers to partner. Rupert Mead and Peter ­Golden have both been made up, taking the firm’s partner headcount to 37.

Simmons & Simmons has expanded its ­construction practice with the hire of Navneet Juty as a managing associate. Juty joins from global engineering, construction and project management company Bechtel, where she was a senior counsel.

Memery Crystal has promoted associates Nicholas Scott and David Walker to partner.

Scott is a member of the firm’s dispute resolution department, with a focus on natural resources, commodities, regulatory and international ­litigation and arbitration. Walker is a member of the firm’s corporate department, specialising in equity capital markets and acquisitions and ­disposals of public and private companies.



Birketts has boosted its Chelmsford ­commercial property team with the appointment of Matthew Grindley as a solicitor. Grindley has joined from Crawley firm Stevensdrake.

Norwich firm Rogers & Norton has named partner Amy Walpole as its new head of family. Walpole joined the firm in 2002 before becoming partner in 2008. ­Meanwhile, associate Tom Lawrence has been made partner and is now head of the wills and probate group.

South West firm Ashfords has hired legal executive Elizabeth Johnson as a legal executive in its personal injury team. Johnson joins from Beachcroft.

Essex firm Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head has recruited Judy Day as an assistant from Prettys for its Loughton commercial property team.


Midlands firm Wright Hassall has hired ­immigration solicitor Kelly Tomkinson from ­Struivant & Co. She joins the firm’s business immigration team, which is led by Marian Dixon.



Leeds firm Clarion has expanded further its commercial team with the appointment of Fiona Marr as an associate. Marr joins from Scottish ­commercial firm Harper Macleod.

Mincoffs assistant Hayley Anderson has ­qualified into the commercial litigation ­department at the Newcastle firm. Anderson qualified on 1 April, exactly 30 years after her mother Cheryl Anderson qualified at Sunderland firm Harding Clinton Gething and Handy.



Jacques Perget, an officier général in the French Ministry of Defence and a member of the Paris bar, has joined De Pardieu Brocas Maffei as a consultant.


Irish firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice is beefing up its US presence by relocating ­corporate tax partner John Ryan to New York in June. He will lead a team focusing on advising US companies and financial institutions doing ­business in Ireland. In addition, corporate partner Stanley Watson is relocating to lead the London corporate group.


Mourant Ozannes has promoted Morven McMillan and Julian Fletcher to the partnership. McMillan joined the firm’s Cayman Islands office in October 2010 and is currently head of the trusts group. Fletcher, also in the Cayman funds group, joined from Shearman & Sterling in 2004.

Jersey firm Benest & Syvret has hired Giles Emmanuel from Ogier as a solicitor in its ­commercial and private client litigation ­practice.