People Moves

Simmons & Simmons IP partner Willem Leppink (left) has left the firm to join Osborne Clarke alliance firm Ploum Lodder Princen as an equitypartner in Rotterdam.

Willem Leppink

Willem Leppink

Move of the week

The move comes after Simmons announced that it was to close its Rotterdam office and move its lawyers to Amsterdam. Ploum Lodder managing partner Duco Lodder said: “[Leppink’s] extensive European experience in the fields of intellectual property and ­marketing is perfectly in line with one of the most important pillars of our Osborne Clarke alliance.” ­Leppink is the second partner to leave Simmons’ Dutch practice in recent weeks, following the exit of former global head of information, communication and technology Job Rietkerk to an in-house role at Nidera in April.



Competition lawyer Rod Lambert has joined the London office of Fulbright & Jaworski as a partner. He was previously head of competition at McGrigors.

Rosenblatt Solicitors has promoted Nick Foss Pederson and Chris Pulham to partner in the corporate department and corporate lawyer ­Elizabeth Larkins and employment lawyer Rima Mehay to associate.

Dawsons Solicitors has boosted its ­employment practice by taking on Mark ­McQuillan from Addleshaw Goddard, where he was a partner. He joins as a partner in London.

Insurance boutique Fishburns has recruited six solicitors from Eversheds. Associates Liz Bell, Dominic Collier and Simon Jackson, and assistant solicitors Helen McLean, Natalie Ward and Carine Kesserwani, all join the professional negligence team.

Collyer Bristow has promoted corporate and commercial lawyer Charles Braithwaite to partner.

Harbottle & Lewis has promoted Rhys Llewellyn to partner in the corporate practice. Linzi Bull (family), Charles Leveque (corporate), Louise Prince (litigation) and Jo Sanders (litigation) have been promoted to senior associates.

Mayfair firm Gordon Dadds has recruited ­private client partner David Semmens from ­Howell Jones, where he was a partner. The firm has also seen trainee Jessica Dabbs qualify into the private client department.

Insurance boutique Greenwoods Solicitors has hired Philip Tracey as a partner in its City office. He was previously a partner at Beachcroft.


Pitmans has hired a new banking and finance partner, Kieran Roche, to its City office. He was previously a consultant at ING Bank.


Employment lawyer Ben Watson has been ­promoted to partner at Bristol-based TLT. The firm also promoted 11 lawyers to associate.

Corporate partner Grant Esterhuizen has rejoined Lester Aldridge after five years as head of commercial at Ellis Jones Solicitors.


Gregory Abrams Davidson has hired Canter Levin & Berg partner Ian Sturgess to head its wills, probate and tax department.

Peter Wright has been promoted to senior associate in the Sheffield dispute resolution team at Nabarro.


Nordic firm Hannes Snellman has recruited Linklaters projects partner Ingvar Zander and senior counsel Joakim Lavér to its Stockholm projects practice.

DLA Piper has taken on Jacek Jachowicz as a real estate partner and head of the practice in Poland. He joins from the Warsaw office of

White & Case, where he was senior counsel.

Holman Fenwick Willan has relocated ­London-based corporate assistant Jasel Chauhan to its Piraeus office in Greece.

Marco Nicolini and Riccardo Troiano, two of the co-founders of Italian firm Tonucci, have left to join Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe as partners.


Indian firm Luthra & Luthra has hired ­Shearman & Sterling London associate Manan Lahoty. He will start in Luthra’s Mumbai office as group head in capital markets.

Hong Kong-based Stephenson Harwood & Lo has promoted dispute resolution lawyer Yeeling Wan to partner.

Ince & Co has recruited Martin Brown as a ­consultant in the firm’s ship finance practice in Singapore. He was previously an associate at Norton Rose.


Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has hired the former head of global markets and investment banking litigation at Merrill Lynch. He joins as of counsel in New York.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has recruited litigation partner Meredith Kotler from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in New York.

Morgan Lewis has hired Joanna Hendon, who was most recently the first vice-president in the general counsel’s office at Merrill Lynch, as a partner in its New York litigation practice.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired US Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Mario Mancuso as a corporate ­partner in Washington DC.


Public law barrister Adam Fullwood has moved to Kings Chambers in Manchester, leaving his position at Garden Court North Chambers, where he was one of the original members.


Buckles Solicitors associate James Bizley has joined Peterborough-based insurance company BGL Group has an in-house solicitor.