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David Evans

Move of the week

He ­advises on all aspects of employment law, but acts mainly for employers in the ­financial and ­professional services, real estate, ­healthcare, biotechnology, petrochemical and media sectors. During his career Evans has been seconded to two major investment banks, dealing with all legal aspects of ­individual employee relations, restructuring and outsourcing issues.



Sheridans has bolstered its corporate team with three new hires from Simmons

& Simmons, Olswang and Ashurst. Cleo ­Papaphotis joins from Simmons’ corporate ­division, where she spent six months on ­secondment in the ­corporate legal team at ­Barclays Bank. Mark Baynes was previously at Olswang and the BBC and is dual-qualified, ­having been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Amit Patel trained at Ashurst and has joined Sheridans’ company commercial department.

Speechly Bircham has announced the arrival of financial services senior solicitor Kate Troup from Farrer & Co. The appointment ­follows the recent hire of financial services ­partner Jonathan Bayliss in January, also from Farrers. Troup ­specialises in a wide range of financial services regulatory and product work and has particular expertise in the investment management and private banking sectors.


Trethowans has bolstered its private client services group with the hire of Maria Shaw as partner and head of the newly named wills, ­probate and trusts team, previously called the private client team. Shaw was previously head

of the private client department at Dutton ­Gregory.

Thomas Eggar has appointed Catherine ­Wilson as a partner in its employment team. Prior to joining Wilson was a partner at Eversheds, where she held a variety of roles, including head of the London employment team and head of the education employment team for London and the South East.

Moore Blatch Resolve, the specialist personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence arm of leading law firm Moore Blatch, has announced the appointment of Michael Osborne as a senior solicitor in the PI team. Osborne was previously a senior solicitor at Field Fisher Waterhouse, where he specialised in claims for asbestos-related diseases. He is now tasked with positioning More Blatch Resolve as a ­specialist asbestos claims practice.

Michelmores’ Exeter office has taken on Rob Nicholson, formerly a partner at Manchester-based Halliwells. Nicholson is a litigator with a broad spread of specialist commercial property litigation experience. He takes over from Michael Langdon as head of property litigation.


Staffordshire firm Ansons Solicitors has hired environmental and planning law lawyer John Rowe. He joins from Freeth Cartwright, where he was a senior associate, and will be based at Ansons’ ­Lichfield office.


Halliwells has strengthened its IP practice with the appointment of IP and media solicitor Steve Kuncewicz in Manchester. Kuncewicz ­qualified at Cobbetts in 2005 before joining Ralli Solicitors in 2008 to set up its contentious IP and media practice. He handles all IP matters, with an emphasis on media and new media issues.

Irwin Mitchell has hired Zoe Round as a legal executive advocate in its Yorkshire family law team. Round was previously at Howells in Sheffield, working as a specialist in financial ­disputes, disputes over children and cases of domestic violence.

Hull-based firm Andrew Jackson has recruited family lawyer Sally-Anne Neal as an associate from Sandersons Solicitors. Having practised family law for 15 years, she is experienced in ­dealing with financial issues on divorce, ­cohabitation claims and prenuptial agreements.


Salans has appointed Berlin competition law expert Dr Jörg Karenfort as head of its global competition practice. Karenfort has been at Salans since 2007 and the following year became head of the firm’s German regulatory group.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz has promoted Robert Keisler to competition partner in Vienna. Keisler joined the firm in 2001 and specialises in EU and Austrian competition and merger control law, public procurement and state aid law.


WilmerHale has announced the arrival of Daniel Gallagher in the firm’s Washington DC office as partner in both the broker-dealer ­compliance and regulation practice and the ­securities litigation and enforcement practice. Gallagher was most recently the deputy director of the division of trading and markets at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Katten Muchin Rosenman has hired Sharon Parella as a New York-based partner in its ­executive employment practice. Parella, who ­concentrates on employment litigation, arrives at Katten after spending several years as a partner in the New York office of White & Case.


Ogier has appointed eight new partners across its network of offices. Christopher Russell, Angus Davison, Jane Pearce, Paul Perris, Nicholas ­Plowman, Sally Edwards and Edward Mackereth became partners on 1 February. In addition, Nick Rogers rejoined Ogier from Walkers. Russell has become head of litigation and insolvency in the Cayman Islands after joining in 2005. Davison also joined in 2005 and specialises in investment funds, structured finance and corporate and commercial law. Pearce specialises in fund administration and joined Ogier in 2006. Perris joined Ogier Fiduciary Services, Jersey, in 1999. Plowman joined Ogier in January 2006. He has advises on large cross-border transactions as well as private acquisitions, disposals and joint ­ventures. Edwards joined in 2003. She advises trustees, settlors and beneficiaries . Mackereth joined in 2004 and advises on fraud and asset tracing, trusts, financial services regulation, restructuring, anti-money laundering law and shareholder and boardroom disputes. Rogers advises on funds, finance and corporate matters.