Moves 15 July

Move of the week


Brown Rudnick has added Tom Epps as a white-collar crime partner. He is formerly of Hickman and Rose , where he was a partner. He specialises in multi-jurisdictional fraud, corruption and cartel investig-ations, and has recently advised News Corp on various aspects of Operations Weeting and Elveden and is advising clients in the US and UK Libor investigation.



SJ Berwin has hired the firmer regional finance leader and global controller at McKinsey & Company as its first chief operating officer. Accountant Rick Baumgartner will join SJ Berwin on 9 September.

Withers has made up three associates to its London partnership. Kate Landells is now a family partner, Stephen Richards is a partner in the contentious trusts and succession department, and Ceri Vokes has become a funds, investment, trust and tax partner. 

Former Eversheds partner Colin McKay will join Shepherd and Wedderburn this month to become a finance and restructuring partner. He will split his time between the London and Edinburgh offices. McKay was the relationship partner for Lloyds Banking Group ’s commercial banking arm. 

Hempsons has promoted five lawyers to partner in its London, Harrogate, Manchester and Newcastle offices. Faisal Dhalla of the Harrogate office, Tania Francis of London, Stephanie Green of Newcastle and Simeon Bower and John Sharples of Manchester are now partners. Helen Baxter and Bryn Morgan of Hempsons’ London office, and Jennie Chapman and Lukman Patel of Manchester have been promoted to associate.


Taylor Walton has made up James Cottrell, who joined as a trainee in 2002 and qualified into the commercial real estate department in September 2004.


Foot Anstey has recruited partner Dan Cuthbert to its Bristol office. The property litigator joins  from Osborne Clarke . He has specialist skills in the fields of retail, telecoms and property development.


Berrymans Lace Mawer has appointed partner Joanna Keogh to its national fraud team. She joins from DAC Beachcroft , where she was also a partner. She has a litigation background and specialises in insurance fraud.


Bird & Bird
has added Søren Narv Pedersen as a partner in its office in Copenhagen. He was most recently a partner at Danish corporate firmElmann and specialises in court and arbitration cases, company law and M&A. Europe Thompsons Solicitors has appointed a national co-ordinator of serious injury claims to work with the firm’s regional teams. Simon Wilson will be based in Leeds and manage his own caseload of serious injury clients. He joins from Slater & Gordon , where he was head of serious injury for the North of England.


Amarchand Mangaldas has hired Yashojit Mitra as partner in the general corporate practice of its Mumbai office. He joins from Economic Laws Practice , where he was a partner. It has also hired Sandip Beri as a partner in its New Delhi office. He was formerly general counsel for South Asia at Citibank . The firm has also made several partner appointments. Anubhuti Agarwal will become a partner in the New Delhi office, she joined the firm in 2005 and has played a key role in some major M&A transactions. Arvind Sharma will also become an M&A partner in the New Delhi office. Indranath Bishnu will become general corporate partner in the Mumbai office. Pooja Mahajan is to be a corporate advisory partner in the New Delhi office. Saurav Kumar joined Amarchand Mangaldas in 2004 and will be a corporate partner in the New Delhi office. Shruti Kinra joined in 2004 and focuses on general corporate, mergers and acquisitions and takeover code. She will be  a partner in the New Delhi office. Vandana Sekhri joined in 2012 and will be appointed M&A and private equity partner in Mumbai.


Ashurst Australia has promoted five to partner. The new partners are employment lawyer James Hall in Brisbane, insolvency lawyers Tim Klineberg and Emanuel Poulos in Sydney, and Melbourne-based corporate lawyer Kylie Lane and IP lawyer Kellech Smith. In addition, the firm has promoted four lawyers to the role of special counsel and 34 to senior associate.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has added five to its partnership and seven to special counsel in its recent promotion round. The five new partners are Lizzie Knight and Jaclyn Riley-Smith in the corporate advisory team in Sydney, Matthew Muir and Andrew McCormack in the construction practice in Brisbane and David Yates in the litigation team in Perth.

Squire Sanders has announced the appointment of senior construction and projects lawyer Fabio Fior in Darwin as of counsel. He was previously a partner and head of the infrastructure group at the Canberra office of Minter Ellison . He has more than 11 years’  experience in construction, property and major projects matters, as well as Commonwealth procurement requirements.

Asia Pacific

Dentons has hired O’Melveny & Myers capital markets partner Gordon Ng to increase its corporate offerings in Hong Kong. Ng, experienced in Hong Kong listings and other financing matters, will take up the role of Dentons’ Asia head of corporate finance and capital markets. Prior to joining O’Melveny’s Hong Kong office in 2010 he was managing partner of legacy Hogan & Hartson ’s Hong Kong office.

Jones Day has added two new of counsel in the firm’s Shanghai office – M&A lawyer Ross Keene and IP lawyer Xu Yang. Keene joins from the Shanghai office of Allens , where he was chief representative, and Xu arrives from Simcere Pharmaceutical Group , where he was chief patent counsel.


General counsel of GE SeaCo Dominic Buckwell has won an iPad after completing an online questionnaire for The Lawyer. His name was drawn from over 1,100 in-house lawyers who took part in the research process for the In-house Attitudes Report. The results were first presented to delegates at The Lawyer Strategy Summit in April.