Moves: 11 February 2013

Move of the week

William Gwynn Williams

Morgan Cole has hired a an IP consultant to boost its retail and leisure practice. William Gwynn Williams joins the firm from an in-house role as a commercial lawyer with Kellogg’s and has previously worked for retailers Boohoo, Iceland and Laura Ashley – where he was head of legal.


Anne-Marie Knight
Anne-Marie Knight

Professions and insurance lawyer Anne-Marie Knight has been promoted to the partnership at Watson Burton.

Forbes Hare has opened a London office with the hire of senior associate Karen Gilbert in the firm’s corporate and funds practice. Gilbert was previously at Maples and Calder’s BVI office.

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has hired Karen McMaster as a special counsel in its financial restructuring practice in London. She joins from Linklaters, where she was a managing associate, also in London.


Caroline Jepson
Caroline Jepson

Simpson Millar has hired catastrophic injury lawyer Caroline Jepson as an associate from Irwin Mitchell, where she was also an associate.

Chester firm Aaron & Partners has hired four lawyers: associate Chris Longbottom from Berg Legal; solicitor Suzanne McGoldrick from Gamlins; paralegal Stephanie Brayshay from Mackenzie Jones; and assistant solicitor
 David Mann from Haworth & Nuttall.

JMW Solicitors has added a new partner to its commercial property team. Thomas Pearson joins from DTM Legal in Chester, where he was head of property.

Newly qualified solicitors Lucy Ordidge (industrial disease) and Rachel Stott (family) have been hired by Williamsons Solicitors in Hull.


DMH Stallard has appointed insolvency partner Tim Symes from pdt Solicitors, where he led its contentious insolvency team.

Devon and Somerset firm Everys Solicitors has promoted Claire Lovett to chief operating officer, Bruce Brooker to commercial director and Stephen Forsey to compliance partner in its management team.

Former Withy King partner Alex Pyatt has joined Thrings as a partner specialising in corporate and commercial law. The firm has also promoted Danae Carrick, Anna Cole, Melissa George and Mike Tomlin to its partnership.

Former Tesco in-house data protection lawyer Elizabeth York has joined Porter Dodson’s commercial team as an IP and data protection solicitor.


Fergus Gillen
Fergus Gillen

McCann FitzGerald has appointed Fergus Gillen as head of its banking and financial services group. He succeeds Ambrose Loughlin, who has led the group since 2000.


Former Linklaters associate Marcin Muszel has joined Gide Loyrette Nouel as partner in its Warsaw office. He joins the real estate practice.


Hogan Lovells has hired Christopher Walsh and Mitchell Zamoff as partners. They are both former general counsel from UnitedHealth Group and will be based in Minneapolis; Walsh in the corporate practice and Zamoff in the litigation, arbitration and employment practice.

Arnold & Porter has appointed Scott Lent to the firm’s antitrust and litigation practices in its New York office as counsel. Lent joins from Skadden in New York.

Reed Smith has announced the addition of Jeff Legault as a partner in its firmwide corporate and securities practice in the firm’s New York office. He was a partner with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has added capital markets attorney Stuart Morrissy to its global securities practice in New York. He joins from Weil Gotshal & Manges.

Asia Pacific

Kirkland & Ellis has brought in Frank Sun as a partner in its Hong Kong M&A group. Sun joins from the Hong Kong office of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, where he was an associate.

Jones Day has named Sheila Shadmand as partner-in-charge of the Dubai Office. She succeeds Arman Galledari, who has become head of the firm’s new projects and infrastructure practice.

Clifford Chance has relocated lending and leveraged partner Caroline Jury to its finance practice in Sydney, Australia, from the firm’s London office.

The head of competition law and disputes at Baker & McKenzie’s Australian office and head of the firm’s Asian antitrust practice Andrew Christopher has left to join Webb Henderson as a partner based in Sydney.

Minter Ellison has welcomed back special counsel Andrew Orford and Nada Raphael. Orford moves from a senior manager role with BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Allianceto the firm’s Brisbane office and Raphael will be based in Perth, having rejoined from a senior legal counsel rolewith Fortescue Metals Group.


Mourant Ozannes has hired four litigators in the Cayman Islands – associates Alexandra Bethell and Amy Bond and paralegals Tisha Cooper and Claire Doyle – two in Jersey – associate Katie Hooper and paralegal Katie Phillips – and five in Guernsey – associates Rhys Williams, Katherine Beach, Sally French, Chris Duncan and Robin Cowling. Senior associate Rocco Cecere has moved to the Cayman Islands, associate Fleur O’Driscoll to the BVI and counsel Nicholas Fox to Hong Kong.


The FSA has appointed two lawyers as non-executive directors to the board of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Marian Glen was general counsel at Aegon UK and Charles McKenna was a corporate partner at Allen & Overy.