Moves 12 August

Move of the week


CMS Cameron McKenna has reappointed former partner Martin Brown to its banking and international finance team, a year after he left for Ashurst. Brown trained with CMS, joining in 1998 and becoming a restructuring partner 10 years later.



Davenport Lyons has hired construction lawyer Paul Washbourne. He joins the property team, is a dual-qualified civil engineer and solicitor, and has specialised in providing construction advice for the past 20 years. Washbourne qualified as a civil engineer, working at Taylor Woodrow for five years designing wind turbine sites in the UK and Sardinia. Since requalifying as a lawyer, he has specialised in non-contentious construction advice to government bodies, developers, contractors and funders. He joins from Jacksons, where he was a partner.


Essex law firm Birkett Long has promoted solicitor Caroline Dowding to associate after she joined as a legal executive in 2000. She is head of wills, trusts and probate in the Colchester office and specialises in the administration of estates and reclaiming health care fees.


Plymouth-based Gill Akaster has added employment solicitor Rhiain Lewis to its partnership. She has spent the past 13 years as a partner at Ashfords.





Howes Percival has expanded its East Midlands family and private client group with the addition of private client associate Lindsey Atterbury, who joins from Spearing Waite, where she was a partner and tax and trust expert, solicitor Paul Belliere-Wilson, who joins from Nelsons Solicitors, where he was a solicitor. He will work across the Northampton and Leicester offices.

The Leicester office of Nelsons Solicitors has promoted two solicitors to associate and partner. Matthew Olner has been made a partner in the personal injury team and Louise Dunkley an associate in the employment team. Olner, who was previously an associate, has been with Nelsons for 13 years and is a clinical negligence specialist. Dunkley has been promoted from an assistant solicitor to an associate. Qualified for four
years, she has been with Nelsons for just over a year and specialises in all aspects of employment law such as corporate support, discrimination, employment contracts, grievance and disciplinary procedures and unfair dismissal. She was previously at Fraser Brown in Nottingham.


TLT has nabbed Simon Williams to join the firm’s 21-strong renewables team, strengthening and enhancing the firm’s sector expertise. Williams will be based in the firm’s Glasgow office and is both English- and Scottish-qualified. He joins from Lafarge UK Services, where he advised on a number of renewables deals including onshore wind, solar, biomass and anaerobic digestion projects. He has over 10 years’ commercial, planning and real estate experience, advising on transactions throughout the UK.


Emmanuelle Talamon has joined the French office of Brandi Partners as a partner from her own firm. She advises on general business law and has gained extensive experience in litigation involving companies operating in the industrial sector, particularly for Spanish groups.

Clifford Chance has hired an Italian partner dedicated to competition law, with the appointment of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo partner Luciano
Di Via. Di Via will join Clifford Chance’s Rome office in August, although he will split his time between the Italian capital and the country’s finance centre, Milan. The hire follows the departure of Cristoforo Osti to Chiomenti Studio Legale last autumn. Clifford Chance has managed antitrust issues through its public law practice in the country in the interim.


Carter Ledyard & Milburn has appointed John Griem as partner in its IP department. He was previously a partner at Loeb & Loeb. His practice concentrates on IP litigation, particularly patent litigation, as well as license and technology agreements, strategic portfolio development, and IP issues arising in corporate and finance transactions.

The New York office of K&L Gates has added James Duffy as a partner in the international arbitration practice. He joins the firm from DLA Piper. Duffy has extensive experience developing global dispute resolution strategies for clients such as power companies, investment banks, trading companies, and government entities, among others, in multi-jurisdictional international disputes.

Meanwhile, K&L Gates has also hired David Benson and David Hattery as partners in the energy practice, and Michael Kelley as a partner in the tax practice of the Seattle office. Benson and Hattery join from Stoel Rives while Kelley, at the firm from 2001 to 2010, returns from PwC. Benson advises on the development and financing of energy projects such as wind, solar, biomass and thermal, and energy transmission and storage. Hattery advises clients, including energy project developers, contractors, owners and operators on issues involving the development, design, construction, and operation of energy infrastructure projects.


Marks & Clerk Australia has hired Virginia Beniac-Brooks as a partner in its Melbourne office, which was opened in 2011. Her practice focuses on biochemistry and she is experienced in the prosecution litigation of patents and trade marks. She is qualified as a lawyer in Australia and as a registered patent and trade mark attorney in both Australia and New Zealand. This follows the appointment of patents partner Matt Pini in May. She joined from Deakin University, where she lectured in the business and law faculty. 

Prize winner

The general counsel of GE SeaCo has won an iPad after completing an online questionnaire sent to him by The Lawyer. Dominic Buckwell was the name drawn out from more than 1,100 senior in-house lawyers who took part in the research process for the major In-house Attitudes Report. The results were first presented to delegates at The Lawyer Strategy Summit in April.