On the move

Norton Rose has hired John Conlin as a ­corporate partner in its energy team.

John Conlin
John Conlin

Move of the week

He joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was of counsel. He works out of London, focusing on energy M&A and arrangements with host ­governments and national oil companies. Conlin was previously assistant general ­counsel at oil and gas company Perenco and has had secondments at Mobil North Sea and BP. Norton Rose corporate head David Stannard said: “This is a key area of activity and John’s arrival will enable us to even better service our clients.”



Thomas Eggar has appointed Ross Berridge as a partner for its property dispute resolution team. He joins from CMS Cameron McKenna, where he spent nine years.

Defamation lawyer Isabel Hudson has been promoted to the partnership at media and commercial litigation firm Carter-Ruck.

Proskauer Rose has bolstered its corporate practice with the hire of regulatory partner Peter McGowan from Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Goodman Derrick has hired John Wright as a partner in the construction and engineering wing of its dispute resolution department. He joins from Bird & Bird, where he co-headed the construction and engineering group.

 Russell-Cooke has made up personal injury and clinical negligence lawyer Sarah Towler to the partnership.

Clifford Chance associate Stephen Fox has followed funds partners Ed Gander, Nigel Clark and Nick Benson, and tax partner Jonathan Kandel by quitting the magic circle firm for Weil Gotshal & Manges. He is set to move after serving his notice period.

Martineau has made a number of internal promotions, appointing Terry Dickson as a senior associate in its real estate team. Mohammed Saqub, also in the real estate team, has been promoted to associate. Robert Newman has been made up to associate level in the corporate finance team, while David Browne becomes an associate in the employment practice.


Thomson Snell & Passmore has promoted commercial property lawyer Josephine ­Willoughby and private client lawyer Brian Bacon to the partnership, bringing the number of partners at the firm to 35. Elsewhere, Doug Skilton and Sarah Easton have been promoted to senior associate, while James Cahan becomes an ­associate. Sue Lambert is promoted to legal executive associate.

Peterbrough IP specialist Greenwoods has hired solicitor Stephen Patch for its private client team from HRJ Law in Hitchin.

South West

Louisa Ghevaert has joined Dorset and ­Somerset firm Porter Dodson as a partner to launch the firm’s fertility and parenting practice. She specialises in surrogacy arrangements, ­child disputes and embryo law, joining from fertility boutique Gamble and Ghevaert, which she launched in 2009.

Cheltenham firm Hughes Paddison has made up associate solicitor Rachel Stewart, a litigator, to the role of director.


West Midlands firm FBC Manby Bowdler has hired Margaret Rowe as a partner from Hatchers in Shrewsbury.  She joins the wills, trusts and estate planning team at the George Street office in Wolverhampton.


Manchester firm JMW has hired family lawyer Sam Hall from Mills & Reeve for its

family team, Tasnim Khaild from George Davies for its private client team and IP

litigator Debbie Rainford from Ralli.


MacRoberts has made up PPP lawyer Lillian Mackenzie to the partnership in its Edinburgh office.

Audrey Dishington, a tax, trusts and charity lawyer, has been promoted to associate at Pagan Osborne. Agriculture and estates expert Gillian Gibbons and private client lawyer Lianne Lodge also become associates at the firm.

Biggart Baillie has announced five promotions to associate. The lawyers who make the cut are Alan Glen in the Edinburgh banking team; Lindsay Ogunyemi in the Glasgow disputes practice; professional support lawyer Catherine Hart in the Glasgow dispute management team; and employment lawyer Barbara Stewart in ­Glasgow. Jessel Gair of the Glasgow and ­Edinburgh offices also becomes an associate in the planning and environmental team.


Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran has promoted Rachel Kavanagh to the partnership

in its insurance defence litigation team in Dublin.  

August & Debouzy has hired Tiphaine du Bois de Gaudusson as of counsel in the firm’s banking and finance practice in Paris. She joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she was also of counsel.

Finnish firm Dittmar & Indrenius has snatched Kari Lautjärvi as a partner from Hannes Snellman. The banking lawyer joins on 1 September.

Italian independent Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has made up Alfredo D’Aniello, Decio Nicola Mattei, Luca Rinaldi and Alessandro Zalonis to the partnership. They cover corporate, dispute resolution, IP and tax respectively.

Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma has promoted senior associates Mohammed Almarini, Bram Caudri and Michel Klijn to counsel. Almarini and Caudri are corporate, M&A and private equity lawyers. Klijn focuses on projects and project finance.


Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has hired Japan specialist Lionel Vincent for its Tokyo office. He will work alongside Laurent Dubois, who has led the Tokyo office since 2006. Vincent moves from the Paris and Abu Dhabi offices of Clifford Chance.