PeopleMove of the week

• Simmons & Simmons head of construction Robert Bryan has left the firm for HBJ Gateley Wareing. Bryan has joined the Midlands firm as an equity partner, launching the London construction practice, which will target both contentious and non-contentious work.

• Welsh firm Hugh James has expanded its corporate department with the lateral hire of senior associate Greg Williams from Berry Smith in Cardiff and lawyer Meghan Nolan from Slaughter and May. Both will report to the firm’s head of corporate Gerallt Jones.

Clifford Chance has promoted seven associates to counsel in its Amsterdam office. They are Rose Brounts, Leonore Bruining, Matthijs Ingen Housz, Jackie Jones, Patrick Keijsers, Barbara Nijs and Erik Stroeve.

• Florida-based Shutts & Bowen has recruited Joseph Englander as a partner in the IP group. He joins from IP boutique Christopher & Weisberg in Fort Lauderdale.

Nabarro has hired Faisal Nisar from Boodle Hatfield as an associate in the property group.

• South East firm Furley Page has made up two partners: Susan Jennings will head the corporate team at the firm’s Thames Gateway office in Chatham, while Anne Blenkinsop will specialise in the family team in Canterbury.

• Taylor Vinters has made up two partners and appointed an associate. Planning specialist Amy Richardson and dual-qualified solicitor and insolvency practitioner Adam Bradley both became partners, while personal injury lawyer Victoria Clark has been promoted to associate at the Cambridge firm.

• Thames Valley firm Boyes Turner has boosted its property team by hiring Derek Ching as a partner from Veale Wasbrough in Bristol. Ching is the former head of commercial property at Clarkslegal in Reading.

Berrymans Lace Mawer has promoted 26 new associates at its Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, London and Southampton offices.

• Woodfines Solicitors has announced the appointment of two new solicitors to its Milton Keynes office. Andrew Carter joins as a commercial litigator, having trained at London firm Edwin Coe, while Nicolene Davies joins the commercial team from a niche law firm in Bedfordshire.

• Birmingham firm BPE Solicitors has made up Mark Elder and Andrea Bateman to partner. Elder will focus on commercial litigation and dispute resolution, while Bateman will specialise in employment law. Commercial solicitor Caroline Trasler has also been promoted to associate.

MacRoberts has appointed Ainsley MacLaren as a corporate tax partner with effect from 16 June. MacLaren is returning to the Scottish firm after spells with McGrigors and Deloitte. She will use her corporate tax experience to support the firm’s corporate, real estate, employment, projects and dispute resolution practices.

• Mungo Bovey QC of Murray Stables has been elected by his colleagues at the bar as keeper of the advocates library. Bovey, who was called to the bar in 1984, becoming a QC in 1998, has been consultant editor of the UK Human Rights Reports since 2000, chairman of the Faculty of Advocates Human Rights Committee since 2005 and has lectured on human rights as a Council of Europe expert.

• UK and European patent and trademark specialist firm Boult Wade Tennant has made up Nigel Tucker, Felicity Hide and Matthew Spencer to partner, boosting its London, Cambridge, Oxford and Reading offices.