On the move

Shepherd & Wedderburn has hired Pinsent Masons partner John MacKenzie as a partner in its Edinburgh-based commercial dispute resolution practice.

John MacKenzie
John MacKenzie

Move of the week

MacKenzie, a solicitor-advocate, is accredited as a ­specialist in IP law and sits on the Lord ­President’s Consultative Committee on ­Commercial Actions. The appointment takes the number of
fee-earners in the firm’s commercial disputes and regulation practice to 30. Shepherd & Wedderburn chief ­executive Patrick Andrews said: “John will be an asset to the firm, bringing both general commercial litigation experience and specialist IP and IT advocacy.”



SNR Denton has grown its City banking and finance team with the recruitment of Thomas Parachini as a partner. Parachini joins from the Ford Motor Credit Company’s European subsidiary FCE Bank, where he was managing attorney for treasury/capital markets and ­assistant company secretary.

Berwin Leighton Paisner has hired Hogan Lovells of counsel Marian Bloodworth as a ­partner in its expanding City employment ­practice. She joined Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells 10 years ago after having trained at Charles Russell.

DWF has added to its London insurance ­practice with the hire of John Palmer as a ­director. He joins from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, where he led the highways liability team.



Nottingham firm Rothera Dowson has continued the expansion of its commercial property group with the promotion of Neil Etherington to partner. Etherington joined the firm three years ago after stints at Geldards, Howes Percival and Flint Bishop.

Worcestershire firm mfg Solicitors has made three new appointments. Partner Suzanne Lee has succeeded Tom Esler as head of the civil litigation division, with Esler taking up a role on the firm’s managing board. Meanwhile, Alex Hall and Kirsten Bridgewater have been promoted to associate level in the corporate and civil litigation practices respectively.

Natalie Peacock has qualified as a solicitor in the litigation department of West Midlands firm Keelys. She joined the firm two years ago as a trainee.


Hill Dickinson has continued the growth of its fraud unit in the North West with the appointment of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) associate Deirdre McGeown as an associate. McGeown was a part of Halliwells’ fraud team before its acquisition by BLG in the summer.

Georgina Chase
Georgina Chase

Russell Jones & Walker has added to its Manchester-based family law offering with the hire of solicitor Georgina Chase from JMW Solicitors.

Watson Burton has hired property law expert George Parker-Fuller as a partner in its Newcastle office. He was previously an associate at Tees Valley firm Endeavour Partnership.


Morton Fraser has elected Linda Urquhart as its new chairman. She takes over from Bruce Wood, who is stepping down after 12 years in the role. Urquhart has been chief executive at the Edinburgh firm for 11 years. That position will now be filled by litigation partner and managing board member Duncan Murray.


Morgan Cole has promoted two of its lawyers to senior associate in its Cardiff and Oxford offices. Projects lawyer Penri Desscan has been handed the promotion in the Welsh capital along with employment associate Duncan Bain in the firm’s Oxford office. Meanwhile, the firm has promoted four more lawyers to associate. They are: Catrin Davies (professional indemnity), Maxine Douglas (employment), Emily Plummer (corporate) and Claire Thatcher (commercial property).


Mourant Ozannes has added to its Cayman Islands office with a pair of litigation appointments. Tim Richards joins the firm as a senior associate from CMS Cameron McKenna in London, while associate Nicholas Fox has joined from Harney Westwood & Riegels.


King & Spalding has bolstered its Houston energy practice with the recruitment of three lawyers. Counsel Adrian Talamantes has joined from Vinson & Elkins; Rodrigo Morales Draxl has rejoined the firm following a spell at Peruvian firm Estudio Rubio Leguia Normand & Asociados; and Vera de Gyarfas will join in January from Venezuelan firm Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz.