Moves: 11 June 2012

Fulbright & Jaworski has appointed former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner and co-chair of international litigation and arbitration groups Deborah Ruff as a partner.

Marie McMorrow
Marie McMorrow

Move of the week

Ruff boosts the London office’s disputes practice and international arbitration capabilities, and brings experience in multijurisdictional disputes, particularly in high-value and complex international arbitration in the energy, infrastructure, telecoms, banking and corporate sectors.



Winckworth Sherwood has hired Emily Brand as a partner from boutique matrimonial firm Vardags, where she was a director.

Kingsley Napley head of employment Richard Fox has been elected chair of the Employment Lawyers Association.

The chief executive of the NHS Litigation Authority Steve Walker has joined Weightmans as a consultant.

Michelmores has promoted six solicitors to associate. They are: Sara Chisholm-Batten (commercial litigation), Danica Cooper (commercial property), Naomi Cunningham (property litigation), Chloe Howard-Smith (commercial property), Angie Maxwell (clinical negligence) and Henry Taylor (corporate team).

Specialist gambling and leisure law firm Harris Hagan has hired Tom Grant as a senior associate from The Rank Group, where he was senior commercial counsel.

Carter-Ruck has promoted two solicitors, Miranda Rushton and Omar Naqib, to its public international team.

James Clibbon, a partner at Streathers Solicitors, has moved to Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) as an insurance and reinsurance partner. HFW has also added Dewey & LeBoeuf partners James Lewis and Robert Finney to its partnership in London.

Trowers & Hamlins has lost partner Jessica Taylor to Clarkslegal, where she joins as a partner in the construction team.

Pini Franco has taken on Withers solicitor Nicole Hirst as of counsel in its London office.


Howes Percival has added former senior tax manager at Grant Thornton Stuart Maggs as a partner.

Keelys has hired newly qualified solicitor Agata Dmoch to its corporate team.

Former DLA Piper partner Marie McMorrow has joined Cobbetts as an IP partner in Birmingham.

Leicestershire firm Cummins has brought in Phil Pepper as a senior associate from Freeth Cartwright, where he was in the same role.


Manchester-based Glaisyers partner Craig Budsworth has been appointed as the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive’s member of the Civil Justice Council.

Muckle has added two new solicitors, Frances Barker from Eversheds and Siobhan

Howard-Palmer from Kennedys.

South West

Assistant solicitor Polly Sweeney has moved from Irwin Mitchell’s Midlands office to Bristol to spearhead its new public law team.

Michael Dalton, who ran his own Hampshire-based firm Daltons, has joined Graeme Quar & Co as a senior solicitor in Fareham.


Land and rural business lawyer Mike Blair has moved to Gillespie Macandrew as a partner from Thorntons, where he was a partner in the Perth office.

Colin Boyd QC has stepped down as a consultant and head of public law at Dundas & Wilson to take up an appointment at the bench as senator of the Court of Justice.


Former deputy director general of the litigation department of the Spanish General State Attorney’s Office Manuel Rivero has joined Herbert Smith as an of counsel

in Madrid.

K&L Gates has hired two partners in its Moscow office. Andrei Soukhomlinov was a partner and co-head of the Russian real estate and construction group at Salans.

Dmitry Gladkov was general counsel for Russia/CIS at investment bank Aton.

The Paris office of Eversheds has hired Gaëtan Cordier as a partner and head of IP/IT.

He was previously in the same role at Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Gide Loyrette Nouel has promoted seven lawyers to its partnership. They are: Melinda Arsouze (London), Bertrand Barrier (Kiev), Jiannian Fan (Shanghai), Eszter Kamocsay-Berta (Budapest), Yue Liu (Beijing), Vanessa Tollis (New York) and Ekaterina Vilenskaya (Moscow).

Linklaters partners Luca Picone and Francesco Stella, along with of counsel Luca Magrini, have moved across in the same roles to Hogan Lovells’ corporate team

in Milan.

Norton Rose’s Paris office has taken on Bénédicte Denis as a corporate partner from Hogan Lovells, where she was a partner. Gide Loyrette Nouel associate Orsolya Hegedus has also joined as of counsel.

Olswang has appointed French IP lawyer Jean-Frédéric Gaultier to its Paris office as a partner from Clifford Chance, where he was also a partner.


Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired former Chadbourne & Parke partner Cornelius Golden as a partner in its Washington office.

Bingham McCutchen has hired Michael Barron as a partner from DLA Piper, where he was a corporate and securities partner.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has added Professor Tai-Heng Cheng as a New York partner. Cheng was a professor of law at New York Law School.

Debevoise & Plimpton in Washington has added litigation partner Robert Kaplan. He was co-chief of the asset management unit of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.

The bar

Lance Ashworth QC has joined Serle Court Chambers. He was previously head of St Philips.