Moves roundup: 13 January 2009

Reading firm Boyes Turner has taken on ­banking partner John Barker from Osborne Clarke to head up its ­banking and finance group. Barker said: “I’m delighted to be joining such a dynamic and ­ambitious firm that has its sights set on becoming the region’s premier law firm.”

Moves roundup: 13 January 2008Move of the week

Reading firm Boyes Turner has taken on ­banking partner John Barker from Osborne Clarke to head up its ­banking and finance group. Barker said: “I’m delighted to be joining such a dynamic and ­ambitious firm that has its sights set on becoming the region’s premier law firm.”


• Howard Kennedy has boosted its tax department with the reappointment of Bo Kehinde as a tax partner. He rejoins the firm from Eversheds.
• Faegre & Benson has promoted head of employment Alex Denny to partner in London.
His previous title was special counsel.
• HBJ Gateley Wareing has recruited Jim Garton as a partner in the real estate team in London. He joins from Mishcon de Reya, where he was a partner.
• Watson Farley & Williams has hired projects partner Martin Lucas from Jones Day, where he was of counsel and headed up the London ­construction practice.
• The London office of Jones Day has seen four London associates promoted to partner among 40 promotions worldwide. They are Edwin Borrini (banking and finance), Paul Bromfield ­(restructuring), Alistair Grant (private equity) and Julian Runnicles (M&A).

Blake Lapthorn has promoted six lawyers to senior associate. They are, in Southampton, Anne-Louise Taft in real estate, Kym Provan and John Hepworth in litigation, and Mark Turnbull and Sheilah Mackie in corporate; and in Oxford, Michelle Harte in corporate.
• Sanjeev Rattan and Craig Petrie have joined Southampton-based Eric Robinson as trainees.
• The Guildford office of Laytons has taken on construction partner James Stewart, the former head of the construction team at Howard Kennedy.

South West
• Julian Boswall has moved from Eversheds, where he was head of renewable energy planning, to Burges Salmon, where he will be a partner in the planning unit.

Wragge & Co has strengthened its corporate recovery practice by hiring Vicki Conway as a ­partner in its Birmingham office. She joins from HBJ Gateley Wareing.
• Cobbetts has hired former Pinsent Masons partner Ashley Norman as an employment ­partner in Birmingham.

• DWF has made a raft of appointments in its northern offices. In Manchester, David Olive joins from Halliwells as a partner in the insurance team, while Martin Stockdale joins from Hill ­Dickinson as an associate in insurance. In ­Liverpool, Leigh Miller arrives from Antony Hodari as an insurance associate, employment associate Jamie Campbell moves from ­Weightmans and assistant Kyle Quinn joins the corporate team from LG. In Leeds, Martin Coyle arrives from Berrymans Lace Mawer as an insurance associate, while former Hammonds solicitor Claire Jones joins as a real estate ­assistant.
• Beachcroft has hired Halliwells‘ Charlotte John as an associate in its employment and ­pensions practice in Manchester.
• SAS Daniels managing partner Nigel Haddon has been elected chair of the Law ­Society’s law management section.
• Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has taken on five ­litigation executives in its Sheffield personal injury practice. The five – four of whom have recently graduated from university – are Edyta Madej, Kathryn Yould, Katie Harris, Catherine Searle and Alice Kearse, who was previously a ­secretary with the firm.

• Italian firm Chiomenti Studio Legale has ­promoted five partners – Michele Delfini, Franco Lambertenghi, Claudio Lichino, Alessandra Pieretti and Luigi Vaccaro – to the equity.
• Herbert Smith has expanded its Paris office with the arrival of competition partner Sergio Sorinas. He was previously counsel at Cleary ­Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre has taken on Yves Huyghe de Mahenge as a consultant, ­following his retirement from Dewey & LeBoeuf.
• Andrew Tetley has joined Reed Smith in Paris. He joins as counsel in the shipping practice, ­having left Wilson Harle in Auckland.

• Latham & Watkins has taken on corporate counsel Maysa Ibrahim in Dubai. She was ­previously at White & Case.
Clifford Chance has hired Mete Yegin as a ­consultant in Turkey. He was previously head of banking and finance at Pekin & Pekin.
• CMS Cameron McKenna ally CMS Derks Star Busmann has strengthened its Shanghai operation by moving corporate finance associate Jurjen Groot to the office.

• US firm McKee Nelson has promoted Laila Abou-Rahme to partner in the New York business litigation group. She was previously counsel in the New York office.
• Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has promoted four to partner in New York: Andrew Ehrlich, David Brown and Jacqueline Rubin in ­litigation, and Manuel Frey in corporate.
• The University of Miami School of Law has appointed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Jan Paulsson to the Michael Klein ­Distinguished Scholar Chair. Paulsson is head of public international law and international ­arbitration at Freshfields.
• Former Mayer Brown lawyer Susan Sher has been appointed associate counsel to incoming president Barack Obama. She leaves her post as vice-president for legal and government affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she is also general counsel.

• Blackstone Chambers has hired employment junior Diya Sen Gupta from Devereux Chambers.
• Mr Justice John Saunders has been appointed presiding judge on the South Eastern Circuit, with effect from 1 January. He will take over from Mr Justice Fulford, who is unable to take up the post due to commitments at the International Criminal Court.

• Pinsent Masons national head of forensic and accounting services Tony Chapman has quit the firm to join accountants Baker Tilly. At Baker Tilly Chapman will become head of the forensic accounting team for the northern region.

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