Moves: 12 March 2012

Dechert has announced the appointment of a new managing partner for its London office, with employment partner Jason Butwick replacing longstanding London managing partner Steven Fogel.

Jason Butwick
Jason Butwick

Move of the week

Butwick will assume the role of managing partner for London effective from 31 March. He will continue in his role as a partner in the employment practice. Butwick qualified at Dechert in 1994 and was elected to the partnership in 2000.

His practice covers all aspects of employment and partnership law, with a particular emphasis on the financial
services sector.



Former Proskauer Rose funds partner William Yonge has joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius’s London office. Yonge joins as a partner, having left Proskauer’s UK LLP on 23 January.

Jones Day has hired former legacy Lovells restructuring partner Matthew French from Nomura, where he held a senior M&A role. French joined the US firm on 1 March from the investment bank, where he was managing director for global M&A and head of restructuring for Emea. He initially quit Lovells – now Hogan Lovells – in 2008, joining Swiss bank UBS as Emea head of restructuring.

Hill Dickinson has added Nik Rochez as a partner in its London insurance practice. He joins from Dewey & LeBoeuf, where he was of counsel.

Davenport Lyons has hired leading licensing and motoring offences lawyer Philip Somarakis and media lawyer Jonathan Monjack as partner and consultant respectively.

Somarakis joins the dispute resolution team from Blake Lapthorn, where he was a

partner. Monjack joins from his own business, 3M Music Media & Management.

Wallace has announced that Matthew Morgan has joined the firm as a partner from Howard Kennedy, where he had been a partner for six years. Morgan specialises in commercial property work.

National law firm TLT has appointed real estate partner David Sanson to its City office. Sanson was previously a partner at DLA Piper, based in Dubai.

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Linklaters’ former global head of corporate David Barnes. Barnes, who was a partner at Linklaters for 26 years and ran for senior partner in March 2011 before announcing his retirement in June that year, joins BLP as a partner.

Australian firm Gowlings has bolstered its London office with the hire of a six-strong mining team from Cobbetts. The team is made up of partners Charles Bond, Sefton Collett, Dominic Prentis and Andrew Wright, and senior associates Susan Johnston and David Brennan. The partners held the same position at Cobbetts,

while Johnston and Brennan were directors.


Gloucestershire firm Tayntons has hired civil litigation solicitor Nicholas Southwell and wills and probate solicitor Richard Thomas. Southwell joins from Lyons Davidson, where he was also a solicitor. Thomas joins from Addison O’Hare, where he too was a solicitor.


JMW has hired clinical negligence solicitor Beth Reay.  She joins from Irwin Mitchell, where she was a solicitor.


Dundas & Wilson senior associate Duncan Mawby has joined the Edinburgh office of BTO as a partner. He joins the firm’s clinical defence team.


German firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has hired Guido Hoffmann as a partner in its banking and finance practice. Hoffman, who joins from Schilling Zutt & Anschütz, will divide his time between Düsseldorf and Frankfurt.



Ashurst has hired a partner from Mallesons Stephen Jaques for its Beijing launch. Banking and finance partner Patrick Phua joined Ashurst as his former firm’s merger with Chinese firm King & Wood went live. Meanwhile, Simmons & Simmons and Clyde & Co have hired a partner each from King & Wood and Mallesons. Yongmei Evers Cai, a former partner at King & Wood in Beijing, has joined Simmons as a financial markets partner. Clydes has appointed Lynia Lau as a partner in its energy and infrastructure team in Hong Kong. Lau was previously a special counsel at Mallesons, where she stayed for eight months after joining from Pinsent Masons in August 2011.

K&L Gates has appointed Neil Campbell as a finance partner in its Hong Kong office. He joins the firm from O’Melveny & Myers, where he was a partner and co-leader of the firm’s Asia debt capital markets practice.

Norton Rose Australia has taken on John Moutsopoulos, Zein El Hassan and Paul Humphreys as partners. All three lawyers join from Australian firm Clayton Utz, where they were also partners.

Jones Day has added Karthik Kumar as of counsel in its Singapore office. The banking and finance lawyer joins from the Sydney office of Freehills, where

he was a senior associate.

DLA Piper has hired Rosamund Browne as a senior associate in its Hong Kong employment, pensions and benefits group. Browne joins from BT, where she held the position of chief counsel and vice-president responsible for the corporation’s commercial disputes and employment cases in Asia and the US.


Eversheds South Africa has announced the appointment of Lavery Modise as chairman. Modise, a former acting Labour Court judge, has served as deputy chairman of the firm since July 2009.