People moves

Addleshaw Goddard has appointed Jonathan Watson as legal director of its financial regulation practice.

Move of the week

He joins the firm from UBS, where he was managing director and head of legal and compliance. David Heffron, head of Addleshaws’ financial regulationteam, said: “Jonathan’s hands-on practical experience of the issues faced by general counsel on a daily basis, especially in wealth managementbusinesses, means we can offer an unmatched level of ­understanding and focus.”



  • Fox Williams has appointed two new ­associates to its capital markets team, Nick McCarthy and Matthew Giddings. McCarthy joins from Eversheds, where he was an associate, while Giddings joins the firm’s capital markets team from, Clifford Chance, where he was an associate.
  • Couchmans has promoted Nick White to the position of partner. He joined the firm from Herbert Smith in 2002 and works on ­sponsorship and endorsements, digital media, technology, broadcasting and merchandising.
  • Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has taken on Nick Cherryman and James Kitching, who are both joining the firm’s litigation practice as partners. Cherryman, who specialises in international arbitration, arrives from Bryan Cave, where he was a partner. Kitching, a ­barrister, who also joins from Bryan Cave, has significant experience in white-collar crime, enforcement and special investigations work.
  • Kingsley Napley has promoted three to its partnership: Verity Danziger, Jonathan Grimes and Andreas White. Danziger, who works in the firm’s clinical negligence and personal injury team, joined Kingsley Napley in December 2007 from Capsticks; Grimes, who works in the firm’s criminal and regulatory practice, has been with the firm since 2002; and White, who works in the employment team, joined in 2005.
  • Memery Crystal has announced that John Hull has joined the firm as head of IP. He arrives from Eversheds, where he was head of the ­London IP team and a member of the firm’s national education group.
  • Piper Smith Watton senior partner Richard Berns is to step down after 30 years with the
    firm. Berns will, however, continue with Piper Smith in a full-time capacity as a senior
    consultant. The firm’s former managing partner Mark Spash will now take on the role of senior partner, while Helen Bunker, currently head of the private client team, will take over as ­managing partner.


  • SAS Daniels has promoted Becky Simpson, who works in the firm’s commercial property team, to equity partner. Simpson initially joined SAS Daniels in 1995 as a trainee solicitor. After qualifying in 1997 she left the firm, but returned to work in the commercial property department in 2002. She was promoted to partner in 2006 and took up the role of head of commercial property in 2008.
  • Hill Dickinson has announced the appointment of assistant solicitor Nancy Hobbs, who joins the construction team in the firm’s Manchester office. She arrives from Pinsent Masons in London, where she was a member of the contentious UK construction and engineering team.


Gregg Latchams has taken on two new ­solicitors to its commercial property and ­company and commercial departments. Colin Foote joins the employment team from Hughes Paddison, while Phil Brown joins the commercial property team from Michelmores.

Fosters Solicitors has promoted Adrian ­Newborough, head of the firm’s litigation and ­dispute resolution team, to partner. Associate Heather Brown has also been promoted to head of client care, having been a key member of the team for 10 years. The firm has also taken on Andrew McMauns, who joins the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution team.


  • Greenwoods Solicitors has taken on Adele Whaley as an associate in its commercial dispute resolution team. Meanwhile, Michelle Cox has been promoted to senior solicitor and Kerry Keen-Robertson has been promoted to senior executive in the firm’s residential property department. Katrina Baker, who joined ­Greenwoods as a trainee before qualifying as a solicitor, has been offered a position in the firm’s construction and commercial property team.
  • Just Costs Solicitors has hired Liam Hemmings as an associate. He joins the commercial ­litigation department from Sinclair Investments UK, where he was general counsel. He qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and has previously worked in ­private practice at Lovells and Pitmans.
  • Morgan Cole has taken on William Downing as a partner in its employment, pensions and ­benefits group. He joins from Manches and undertakes contentious and non-contentious employment law, particularly within the ­corporate, social housing and technology sectors. He has also advised a number of public sector organisations.


  • Jones Day has announced that Karen Hewitt, the US Attorney for the Southern District of ­California, will be joining as a partner in the firm’s San Diego office, where she will be part of the trial practice. Hewitt has served as an attorney for the US Department of Justice since 1992. Jones Day has also taken on Christopher Hilbert as an M&A partner in the New York office. He joins from the New York office of Sidley Austin, where he was a partner in the securities, syndicated and ­leveraged finance, M&A and private equity ­practices.
  • Duane Morris has hired Albert Carr to join the firm’s Washington DC office as counsel in its ­energy, environment and resources practice group. Carr focuses his practice on nuclear ­energy and nuclear licensing, representing ­utilities or groups of utilities in obtaining licences to construct and operate nuclear plants. He was previously deputy general counsel at Duke ­Energy Corporation.
  • Mark Litvack has joined Pillsbury’s IP practice in its Los Angeles office. Litvack has extensive ­experience in a wide range of IP litigation matters, including copyright and trademark infringement, internet piracy and prosecution and ­entertainment law. He joins from Reed Smith, where he was a commercial litigation partner with an emphasis on entertainment and IP litigation.
  • The Charlotte office of K&L Gates has added Chad Warpula as a partner in its corporate ­practice. Warpula joins from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, where he was ­executive vice-president and general counsel. He also served as general counsel to the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams in the Izod Indy Racing League and the GrandAm Series League.

Middle east

Trowers & Hamlins has hired four lawyers for its Bahrain office within the corporate, ­banking and real estate departments: Rizal ­Mansor joins the corporate team as a senior associate from Wedlake Bell; Timothy Goh joins the corporate team from Allen & Gledhill in ­Singapore; Niall McMorrow joins the banking team from Bahrain- based consultancy ­Keypoint, having previously worked at Lovells; and Peter Hawkes joins the real estate team from Cobbetts.