On the move

The head of Hogan Lovells’ German banking practice has left the firm for partnership at German independent Noerr.

Olaf Grabowski
Olaf Grabowski

Move of the week

Real estate and acquisition finance expert Olaf Grabowski will join Noerr’s corporate finance practice in Frankfurt. Grabowski had been a partner at Hogan Lovells’ legacy firm Lovells. Noerr is particularly keen on utilising his experience in ­transactions in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), with international project financing, commodity trade financing and export financing. Noerr has seven offices across CEE: in Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Kiev, Moscow, Prague and Warsaw. “Due to his broad expertise, Grabowski is the ideal addition to our young and dynamic corporate finance team in Frankfurt and our international finance practice,” said co-managing partner Dieter Schenk.



Sherrards Solicitors has promoted ­commercial litigation specialist Karen Dobson to partner. Meanwhile, Simon Robinson joins the firm’s London corporate and commercial division, while Carolle Harris joins the firm’s St Albans ­private client team.

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has promoted associate Natalia Chumak to partner. Chumak joined the firm’s dispute resolution practice in February from Osborne Clarke. She is a native Russian speaker and works within FFW’s cross-departmental CIS group.

Penningtons Solicitors has welcomed Kay Taylor, who was previously department

head at Shoosmiths, to its clinical negligence team. She acts for claimants on a wide range of medical health issues and has substantial experience in dealing with catastrophic injury claims.

Herbert Smith has continued the expansion of its international arbitration practice with the hire of Christian Leathley. He joins the firm’s London office as counsel. Leathley joins from Curtis Mallet, where he was a counsel based at the firm’s New York office.


TLT Solicitors is boosting its competition practice with the appointment of UK and EU ­competition law expert Miles Trower. He joins the firm as a partner from Osborne Clarke, where he was an associate.

Everys Solicitors has announced that Stephen Clegg, a solicitor in the firm’s litigation department, has become a partner. Clegg, a ­senior associate at Michelmores before joining Everys, has more than 20 years’ experience of property litigation and dispute resolution. He will continue to work from the firm’s Exeter office.


Mills & Reeve has announced the promotion of nine senior solicitors to associate across five of its six offices. The newly appointed associates are Caroline Chilvers (commercial disputes); Carina Cobbold and Mark Cole (real estate); Kathryn Haigh and Anna Youngs (employment); Ben Hardiman and Claire Roake (insurance);

Katrina McCrory (health); and Richard Plaistowe (technology).


Ward Hadaway has expanded its corporate finance practice in Leeds with the recruitment of banking and finance partner Nick Bell. He joins the firm after 12 years at Pinsent Masons in Leeds, where he was a senior associate in the banking team, acting for a wide range of corporate borrowers, banks, building societies and other financial institutions.

David Kerfoot has joined Chester and Manchester-based Aaron & Partners’ planning, environmental and renewable energy team as a partner. He joins Aaron & Partners after four-and-a-half years in the Cardiff office of Eversheds, where he was an associate.


DLA Piper has appointed John Gallacher as a partner in its Scottish restructuring practice. He joins from Bell & Scott, where he was head of the housing and regeneration team.


Carey Olsen has appointed James Mulholland as partner. Mulholland will be working in the firm’s Jersey and London offices in the corporate and funds practice areas. He joins from ­O’Melveny & Myers in London, where he worked for five years.


Dublin firm Mason Hayes & Curran has announced the appointment of Mark Browne as a partner in its investment funds department. Prior to joining Mason Hayes, Browne practised for four years as an attorney-at-law, specialising in hedge funds for Maples & Calder in the Cayman Islands.

Hammonds has announced that Robert Maclean has joined its EU and international

trade team as a partner, based in the firm’s Brussels office. He joins Hammonds from

Crowell & Moring, where he was in charge of its EU and international trade practice for the Brussels office.


Hill Dickinson has announced that its Singapore office is to be further strengthened

by the arrival of partner Paul Barfield from the Singapore office of Thomas Cooper. Barfield has been resident partner at Thomas Cooper since 2001.

The bar

Old Square Chambers has welcomed new member Brent McDonald, who was formerly a member of 2 Temple Gardens and Rougement Chambers. McDonald was called to the bar in 2000 and his practice is focused on personal injury, inquests and inquiries.