Cambridge-headquartered Hewitsons has announced a new head of commercial property in the shape of Martin Smith, who joined the firm in July this year. Smith has been in the sector for more than 20 years.

Martin Smith
Martin Smith

Move of the week

He started his career with Gouldens (now Jones Day) before moving on to CMS Cameron McKenna and Finers Stephens Innocent. Smith replaces long-serving ­partner Elizabeth Jones, who is retiring after more than three decades at Hewitsons.



Pritchard Englefield has recruited Sarah Jones as an assistant ­solicitor. She joins Pritchard’s international employment team ­following four years at Stephenson Harwood.

Family law firm Vardags has hired Catherine Thomas and Stephen Bence. Thomas joins the firm as a director and has particular expertise in complex financial matters arising out of divorce, including those with an international element. Bence joins as a financial and commercial ­consultant. At a ­junior level, the firm has also ­

taken on Sophie Cantillon as a legal assistant and Sheena Mahal as a solicitor.

Thomas Eggar has appointed senior associate James Letchford, who joins the firm’s London property team. Letchford has ­experience in sales, acquisitions, development, leasing and financing for a number of clients. Letchford ­previously worked at Nabarro, where he was also an associate.

Boutique firm Brecher has promoted two recent hires to its partnership and also taken on a tax specialist. Corporate lawyer Victoria Symons and insolvency and corporate reconstruction lawyer Bryn Robertson have been made up to the firm’s partnership. Tax lawyer Tony Hennessy has joined Brecher as a consultant, following senior roles heading tax teams in both law and ­accountancy firms.

Vinson & Elkins has welcomed two new ­associates to its London office. John Zadkovich joins the international disputes practice from McGrigors, where he was an associate for three and half years. Jenny Doak joins the tax dispute ­department from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she was an associate for

seven years.


South West


Michelmores has become the first law firm in the South West to appoint a QC to its partnership. Andrew Oldland has joined the firm’s regulatory practice. Oldland specialises in a range of ­regulatory matters and joins from Walnut House in Exeter.



East Midlands firm Flint Bishop has appointed Russell Deards as a partner and

head of construction and ­engineering. Deards was previously head of legal services for ­Barratt Group.


Edinburgh-based Gillespie Macandrew has hired Hazel Tait as a partner for its energy team. Tait joins from Scottish and Southern Energy, and focuses her expertise on the development of offshore energy projects.

Tayside firm Thorntons is to be headed by lawyers Craig Nicol and Scott Milne, who will share responsibility for the strategic direction and management of the business for the next five years. This is the first time the firm has been run by joint managing partners. Nicol previously headed the firm’s business law department and has been with Thorntons for eight years. Milne, who has worked at the firm for more than 25 years, used to be head of litigation. The firm’s ­previous managing partner Nick Barclay will resume his full-time role as a partner in the  private client department. Partner Clare Macpherson will take over as head of the firm’s litigation department, while fellow partner ­Lesley Larg will become head of the business law division.


Christophe Lefort, a specialist in large-scale infrastructure projects, has joined Herbert Smith’s energy and infrastructure team in Paris as a partner. Lefort comes from Bouygues Travaux Publics, where he was general counsel. He has expertise in drafting and designing ­contractual documents on building works as well as operating large-scale public and private works in France and other countries.

Dutch firm Boekel De Nerée has promoted Ariën van Heesen to the partnership. Van Heesen joined Boekel in 2005 and specialises in a range of issues relating to real estate, in particular ­commercial real estate, as well as financing and security.

Germany’s Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has promoted three lawyers to the partnership and five lawyers to salaried partner roles. Daniel Froesch, Martin Imhof and Roland Reichert have been made partners, while Stephan Degen, Philip Kempermann,

Yvonne Janette Klimke, Christian Strasser and Stefan Westerheide have been made up to salaried partner status. Thilo Fleck has also joined the firm’s corporate practice in Düsseldorf as a salaried partner. He comes from Hengeler Mueller, where he was a senior associate.

Conyers Dill & Pearman has announced the hire of Russian lawyer Yuri Kashkin in its Moscow office. Kashkin specialises in corporate and ­commercial work, including banking and finance, and regularly advises banks, public and private companies. He joins Conyers from the Moscow office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a corporate associate.

Olswang has appointed Thomas Lynker as a partner in the firm’s IP ­litigation team in Munich. He most recently worked as senior European ­consultant at Bird & Bird.

CMS Cameron McKenna has hired Barbora Dubanská to lead its local competition practice in the Czech Republic. Dubanská, who joins the firm as a senior associate, specialises in all areas of competition law. Prior to joining CMS in Prague Dubanská gained experience at several law firms, including Clifford Chance and Weinhold Legal.

Corporate tax lawyer Elinore Richardson has joined Wolf Theiss as a partner, where she will co-head the firm’s tax practice in its various offices in Europe. It is intended that Richardson will be based in the Vienna office of Wolf Theiss, but will also support the corporate and tax ­practices in the firm’s other offices. Richardson previously worked at Borden Ladner Gervais, where she was a partner and headed the ­international tax practice from 2008 to 2009; she also assumed the role of national tax practice ­co-head.

Middle East

Holland & Knight has expanded its Abu Dhabi office with the addition of Joseph McDonough, who joins as partner. US partners Andrew Stephenson, Michael Cavanaugh and George Howell will supplement the office’s existing ­headcount, while Stephenson will serve as ­executive partner for the office.


Baker & McKenzie has recruited James Odell as national chief operating officer (COO) for its Australia offices. Odell transfers from Singapore, where he was COO of the firm’s South East Asia operations. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie Odell was a member of Linklaters’ global ­strategy and planning team, based in London

and Hong Kong.

DLA Piper has announced the appointment of John Shi and Nicolas Groffman as partners in its Greater China practice. Shi joins the firm from Mallesons Stephen Jaques, where he has been Beijing chief representative since 2004. Groffman also joins from Mallesons’ Beijing office, where he was a partner in the M&A group. Both Shi and Groffman will be based in Beijing.



Sullivan & Cromwell has revealed that five lawyers have been elected as partners, as of the start of 2012. They are: litigation lawyers William Monahan and Matthew Schwartz in New York; tax lawyer Nicolas de Boynes in Paris; and ­litigation lawyer and Amanda Flug Davidoff and general practice lawyer Samuel Woodall in ­Washington DC.

Bank regulatory expert Hugh Conroy has joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as counsel based in the firm’s New York office. Conroy ­comes from Citigroup, where he was a managing director and associate general counsel in the bank regulatory office. He will be part of the firm’s global banking and financial institutions practice.


Conyers Dill & Pearman has hired litigation lawyer Ben Hart in its Cayman Islands office.

Hart, who joins from Ogier, specialises in Cayman litigation and ­restructuring.