M­­oves: 16 April 2012

Bond Pearce has hired a Clyde & Co partner, boosting its insurance professional risks team in London.

Simon Gildener
Simon Gildener

Move of the week

Simon Gildener joins Bond Pearce as a partner in its London office from Clydes, where he was a partner in the international professional and financial lines practice group.

Gildener joined Clydes from Howden Insurance Brokers, where he was a board member, in April 2011.

Gildener specialises in claims against solicitors, insurance brokers and accountants, but also handles claims against property surveyors, as well as marketing, insolvency and finance professionals.



Anthony Abrahams has been appointed as the new director-general at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The former chief executive of Charter Chambers in London began his new role on 10 April.

Specialist IP litigation boutique Powell Gilbert (PG) has promoted Tim Whitfield to the partnership. Whitfield left Bristows in 2007 to help launch PG.

Boodle Hatfield’s family team has been strengthened with the appointment of consultant Christopher Butler. He was a partner at Speechly Bircham, where he headed the family team. Butler specialises in complex, high-value divorce cases, often with an international dimension.

The former president of National Geographic Channels (NGC) George Jeffrey has become a media consultant at international law firm Taylor Wessing. Jeffrey started out as general counsel at NGC and will now work under head of media and entertainment Niri Shan and broadcast law partner Tony Ghee.

Stewarts Law is expanding its commercial litigation department with the hire of Amanda Eve, who joins the London office as a solicitor. She arrives from Ashurst, where she qualified.

Leading human rights firm Bindmans has announced three new partners and three associates. Employment associates Shazia Khan and Emilie Cole, plus associate Chez Cotton, who specialises in police misconduct, have all been promoted. Criminal solicitors Laura Higgs and Jessica Skinns, along with public law solicitor Gwendolen Morgan, have been made associates.


Weightmans has appointed a new head of fraud business development as part of the firm’s next generation of anti-fraud specialists. Scott Bowers will be based in Birmingham. He was previously at Browne Jacobson as head of counter fraud.

Roy Botterill has joined Shakespeares to spearhead the launch of the firm’s new Leicester office. Botterill, a respected corporate lawyer who advises businesses on acquisitions, disposals and restructuring, spent 23 years at city neighbours Harvey Ingram.


South West firm Stephens Scown has appointed one of the most experienced corporate lawyers in the region. Christian Wilson has joined as a partner from Coodes, where he headed the company and commercial department for a number of years.


Leading independent Scottish firm Tods Murray has made three senior internal appointments. Employment law specialist Chris Leitch has been promoted to partner, as has Rod MacLeod to the banking and finance team, while commercial property associate Katie Corrigan will take up the role of head of hospitality and leisure within the firm.

Highly respected Highlands lawyer and company and commercial law specialist David Eason has moved from Munro & Noble to Harper MacLeod’s Inverness office. The firm also made seven internal promotions: Victoria Buchanan (insurance), Miriam hall (litigation), Daradjeet Jagpal (public sector), David Kerr (litigation), Lee Cunningham (real estate), Scott Milligan (employment) and Ruth Richardson (insurance) were all promoted from solicitor to associate. Tony Cameron, a banking law specialist, was made partner.


Ogier’s Cayman Islands office has added David Cooney to its private wealth practice. He was previously partner in charge of wills, trusts and probate at Gorvins in Manchester.


Hogan Lovells’ Amsterdam office has recruited senior associate Lasse van Waegeningh to its real estate team. He will focus on transactions, litigation and structuring advice for commercial real estate clients. He began his career at Lexence.

Dr Olaf Otting, a procurement law specialist, has joined the Frankfurt office of Allen & Overy as a partner in the public law practice. He brings his core team comprising Dr Wiland Tresselt and Dr Udo Olgemoller from Gleiss Lutz.

Five corporate lawyers have joined Jones Day’s new office in Düsseldorf, expanding its corporate and M&A practice. Ulrich Brauer joins from Simmons & Simmons, Kerstin Mast from Bird & Bird and Ralf Recknagel from GSK Stockman & Kollegen. Associates Norman Kulpa and Zhaoxia Chen, both from Simmons, will boost Jones Day’s M&A practice in Düsseldorf.


The Beijing office of international law firm Clifford Chance has added Ying White as a partner in the corporate practice. White will focus on onshore and offshore funds formation for private equity and hedge funds, RMB funds and offshore investments by Chinese institutions. White was a partner and head of the investment and funds practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Beijing.

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has recruited Ankit Goyal for its international arbitration team as a managing associate, based in Hong Kong. Goyal was previously counsel and the South Asia head at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

Richard Keady and Padraig Walsh have been appointed partners in the Hong Kong office of Bird & Bird. Keady will help to build the international dispute resolution practice, while Walsh focuses on corporate and commercial transactional and advisory matters. Both Keady and Walsh arrive from Clyde & Co.

Jun He Law has announced the promotion to partner of Henry Shi, Marissa Dong, Sun Tao, Feng Rui, Zhang Lei, Yi Yisong, Qu Huiqing, Bai Hongjuan, Peng Hao, Zhou Feng, Liu Ning, Ji Guangming, Liu Yongzhao and Lin Jiyu. Becoming counsel are Xiaohua Sara Chen, Cheng Yuan and Zhu Yan. They will work across offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Dalian.