Moves roundup: 16 February 2009

DWF has recruited new corporate partner Peter Allen from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, where he was an equity ­partner. He will be based in Manchester.

Moves roundup: 16 February 2009MOVE OF THE WEEK

DWF has recruited new corporate partner Peter Allen from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, where he was an equity ­partner. He will be based in Manchester. Allen lives in Hale, Altrincham, and enjoys golf, football and music. Major transactions he has worked on include First Milk’s £1bn merger with Milk Link and ­Trellelborg’s acquisition of a Smiths Group subsidiary for £500m.



• Walkers has hired Linda Martin from Maples and Calder as a partner and head of finance and corporate for London and the Middle East. Chinyin Lim also joins as an associate from Linklaters.
• US firm Dechert has selected London-based corporate partner Douglas Getter as a member of the firm’s global policy committee.
• Irish firm Arthur Cox has appointed finance partner Kathleen Garrett as head of its London office. Garrett takes over from Mark Saunders, who shifts his focus towards Dublin.
• Kent-based Thomson Snell & Passmore has hired associates Joanne Wright in property and Joel Kelly in corporate. They join from Nabarro and ASB Law respectively.
• Tunbridge Wells firm Buss Murton has taken on private client associate Justin Forster, who returns after a stint at Vincent Sykes.


• Challinors has promoted Vicky Thomas to associate in its residential property team.


• Corporate finance partner Duncan Reid has moved from Ward Hadaway to Watson Burton, where he will head the private equity practice.
• Newcastle firm Sintons has promoted ­Anthony Evans to partner in the firm’s company and commercial department.
Hill Dickinson has hired Michael Kenyon, ­former managing partner at Cooper Kenyon Burrows, as a consultant in its Manchester ­regulatory team. He joins with former Cooper Kenyon regulatory associates Simon Ellis and Anna Stephenson.
Optima Legal has appointed Mel Clark as manager of its Newcastle office. He was ­previously head of the Bradford office. Peter ­Armstrong, former chief executive at McKeags, which merged with Optima two years ago, has been confirmed as the firm’s non-executive ­chairman.
• Tax and trust partner Viv Wild has joined ­Yorkshire firm Schofield Sweeney from Armitage Sykes in Huddersfield.


Harper Macleod has hired corporate partner David Kaye from Bell & Scott. Real estate lawyer Ross Fielding has also been promoted to ­associate at the firm.


• Belgian firm Liedekerke has recruited ­insurance partner Cecile Coune from an in-house role at Axa Art Versicherung.
McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato has appointed Massimiliano Russo as counsel to set up a health law practice in Rome. He leaves Studio Legale Russo.
Mayer Brown has recruited former Denton Wilde Sapte assistant Anoly Saypharath to its PPP practice in Paris.


• Foley & Lardner has hired the former ­director of the US Patent and Trademark Office Jon Dudas, who joins as an IP partner in Washington DC.
• Alexander Bono has joined Duane Morris’s Philadelphia office as a trial practice partner, ­having left Commerce Bancorp, where he was general counsel.
• Dechert has recruited Eric Brunstad as a ­partner in its bankruptcy and litigation practice groups, based in the Hartford office. He was most recently a partner at Bingham McCutchen.
• James Alford has joined Curtis Mallet-­Prevost Colt & Mosle as a partner in ­Washington DC. He arrives from McKenna Long & Aldridge.
• Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge has taken on a three-lawyer litigation team from collapsed firm Thatcher Proffitt & Wood. The team ­comprises partner George Talarico and associates Robert Hornby and Trish Wilson.
• Kenneth Wainstein, who served as homeland security adviser to President George Bush, is ­joining O’Melveny & Myers as a partner in its
Washington DC office.
• Steptoe & Johnson has hired Guzman Lowrey as a public policy adviser. She was previously director of government and industry relations at mortgage giant Fannie Mae.


• Conyers Dill & Pearman has expanded its Cayman Islands practice with three new ­associates: litigator Stephen Leontsinis joins from Bell Dewar & Hall, corporate lawyer Tania Dons from Russell McVeagh and Preetha Pillai arrives from Conyers’ Singapore office.


• Insurance company DAS Legal Expenses has appointed Dave Massey as head of its legal ­service department. He was previously claims manager in the claims department. Vicky Reynolds will replace Massey as claims manager.