On the move

Russell-Cooke Solicitors has taken on Edward Wanambwa as a partner in its employment practice.

Edward Wanambwa
Edward Wanambwa

Move of the week

This brings the number of specialist employment lawyers at the firm to four partners and four assistants. Wanambwa joins from CM Murray, having previously trained at Bryan Cave. “Edward’s arrival enhances our ability to service clients’ needs across a range of employment and business immigration law,” said employment department head Anthony Sakrouge.



Senior associate Roland Nattras has left the Nabarro financial services regulatory team to lead the regulatory law department at the London branch of Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking.

Beachcroft has appointed partner Mark Sutton to its specialist and international risks group in London and associate Louise Watson-Jones to its commercial health team in Newcastle. Sutton joins the firm from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, where he was a senior associate. Watson-Jones joins from Eversheds, where she was an associate.

Boodle Hatfield has strengthened its commercial property team with the appointment of three solicitors and two qualifying trainees. Richard Hughes joins the firm as an associate from Mayer Brown, where he qualified in 2007. Charlotte Gray joins as an associate from Berwin Leighton Paisner. Graham Winkley, who originally qualified at Boodle Hatfield in 2005, rejoins the firm from Mayer Brown as an associate. Kate Bennett and Robert Marchbank have joined the team after qualifying.


Janan Kanagaratnam has joined commercial solicitors Kimbells as an associate in its specialist drinks, hospitality and leisure sector team, based in Milton Keynes, following six years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.


Wright Hassall has taken on solicitor Gill Payne as its head of debt recovery, while Steven Slatter joins as a solicitor and Danielle Payne and Nicole Jackson take up roles as account collectors. All four have joined from Shoosmiths.


Aaron & Partners has strengthened its family law expertise with the appointment of Richard Barge as a partner. A specialist divorce lawyer, Barge joins from FBC Manby Bowdler Solicitors and will head the family department at his new firm. He deals with

financial matters relating to divorce, with a particular emphasis on those involving family businesses, pensions and assets located outside the jurisdiction.

Millbank Edge has appointed George Maynard as a partner specialising in corporate law.

Maynard was appointed managing associate at Addleshaw Goddard before moving to Panonne as a partner in 2008.

JMW Solicitors has continued the growth of its sports law department with the appointment of new solicitor Daniel Berry, who joins after spending two and half years at Hammonds in London and Madrid. Berry has assisted on a ­variety of disputes before the Premier League, FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. 


Professor Noel Cox has been appointed as head of law and criminology at Aberystwyth University. He joins from Auckland University of Technology, where he was a professor of law and head of the law department. 


Tods Murray is to retain four qualifying solicitors when they complete their training contracts this month. James Bryden, who will specialise in English and Scottish contentious construction matters, will join the litigation team. Jamie Donnelly will join capital projects and Stuart Greenwood will have a split role across rural property and business and trusts. Sarah Drummond will join the employment team.


Patricia Cappuyns has joined Olswang as an IP partner in its Brussels office. She arrives from Howrey in Brussels, where she was an IP partner. Her experience includes acting for IP-rich ­companies, including Mega Brands, DSM, Sara Lee/DE and Elvis Presley Enterprises on ­trademark and patent matters.

Noerr has taken on corporate lawyer Jens Liese, who joins the team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Düsseldorf, where he was a principal associate. He is joining as an associated partner.

Davies Arnold Cooper has promoted Isabel Buron and Pablo Guillen to partner. Buron and Guillen are both based in the firm’s Madrid office. Buron is a personal injury, medical malpractice and litigation lawyer. Guillen is an insurance and professional indemnity lawyer.

Andrea Zulli is to join the Norton Rose Milan office as a partner to head the Italian antitrust, competition and regulatory practice. He joins from Linklaters’ Milan office, where he was head of the Italian competition and antitrust law practice group and a managing associate, after having worked for the firm in London and Brussels. Zulli is an Italian avvocato admitted to the Rome bar as well as a qualified English solicitor.


Nixon Peabody has promoted four attorneys to its partnership. Roland Diniz is a global finance lawyer based in the firm’s London office, John Higgins works in the labour and employment team in Albany, New York and Kenneth Lind is part of the public finance department in New York. Daniel Sklar, who works in financial

restructuring and bankruptcy in New Hampshire, has also been promoted to partner.

Bruce Wilson is to join King & Spalding’s Washington DC office as a senior counsel in its international trade practice. For the past eight years Wilson has been head legal officer at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.

Allison Lurton, most recently senior counsel at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has joined Covington & Burling as counsel.

Lurton has experience in energy, derivatives and white-collar practices.

Asia & Middle East

Meg Utterback has joined King & Wood’s Shanghai office as a senior member of its

international arbitration practice. Utterback was previously a partner in Pillsbury’s China practice.

DLA Piper has appointed partner Matthew Glynn as head of its IP and technology (IPT) group in Asia. In his new role Glynn will lead the firm’s IPT practice in the region. He was previously head of DLA Piper’s Middle East IPT practice.