People moves

South West firm Foot Anstey has continued its high-profile recruitment drive with the arrival of real estate expert partner Richard Walford (left).

Move of the week

Walford joins the firm from Bristol ­heavyweight Burges Salmon, where he spent the past six years as partner. Walford originally ­qualified with Slaughter and May in London and specialises in corporate occupier and infrastructure work, with a focus on development and regulated property. He has considerable experience of ­acting for large private corporate real estate clients and public sector bodies, including central ­government and local authorities, on a range of property related projects.

Managing partner John Westwell (right) commented: “With his impressive track record, Richard’s arrival is a real coup for our clients who demand specialist advice. He will further strengthen our commercial real estate team.”




Mathew Rea, commercial litigation head at Dawsons Solicitors, which this month merged with Penningtons Solicitors, has joined Bryan Cave as a partner in its London international arbitration group. Rea was managing partner at Dawsons.

West End firm Wallace has promoted two ­senior associates to its partnership ranks.

Mark ­Randolph has become a partner in the ­firm’s commercial property practice, while Charlotte Wheeldon has been made up in the ­corporate department. The promotions take the total partner headcount at the firm to 15.

West London firm IBB Solicitors has unveiled a series of promotions, with two ­equity partners and two fixed-share partners being made up. Joanne Gibbons (crime) and Justin ­Govier (employment) have been made equity partners, while Tim Rutherford (charities) and Eddie Tang (crime) have been promoted to ­partners.

Gide Loyrette Nouel has made up two local partners into its London office as part of

a six-strong global round of promotions. Tax lawyer David Klass and dispute resolution expert Adam Rooney have joined the London partnership. ­Elsewhere, Budapest M&A head István Kövári has become a local partner, as has corporate lawyer Zheng Yu in Beijing.

Also in Budapest Haluk Bilgiç and Esra Dündar-Loiseau have become local partners in the banking and IP ­practices ­respectively.


Exeter firm Michelmores has promoted ­technology media and communications solicitor Tom Torkar to associate.

James Anderson has been made up to partner at national employment law specialists Doyle Clayton. Anderson joined the firm’s ­Reading office in November 2010 from Henmans in Oxford and becomes its eighth partner.



Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has appointed its antitrust head Natalia Korosteleva as partner.

Reed Smith has announced the appointment of partners Marina Cousté and François ­Jonquères to launch the firm’s intellectual ­property practice in Paris. The pair, who were ­previously at Howrey, bring with them a team of five, including two associates (Charlotte ­Portmann and Charles-Henry Frouart).


Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has ­boosted its Asian M&A practice with the hire of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton associate Sanjeet Malik as an of counsel in its Hong Kong corporate group.

Norton Rose corporate finance partner Michael Wilton has joined the firm’s Beijing office. He was previously head of M&A and equity capital markets in Norton Rose ­Australia’s Melbourne office.


SNR Denton partner Glen Roberts has joined the New York office of Withers as part of its US corporate offering.

Dechert has hired Stephen Akerley as an IP partner in its Silicon Valley office. He joins from O’Melveny & Myers, where he was a ­partner.

Reed Smith has hired Matt Oshinsky as a ­corporate partner in its Palo Alto corporate group. Oshinsky joins from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where he was an associate.


Harneys has beefed up its Cayman Islands ­litigation practice with the recruitment of ­associate Heather Neilson, who has joined from the London disputes resolution group at Fladgate, where she was a solicitor.