Moves: 16 September 2013

Move of the week


Clifford Chance has added former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) contentious tax head Liesl Fichardt to its London office. She focuses
on tax litigation and has advised many organisations and high-net-worth individuals on tax and VAT disputes and tax tribunal cases. Fichardt practiced as a tax barrister for 13 years before joining Dorsey & Whitney in 2006 and moving to BLP in 2008.



Michael Parkinson will rejoin Macfarlanes in October as a partner in the private client practice. Parkinson advises high-net-worth individuals on the full range of private client wealth management-related issues. He joins from Russell-Cooke, where he was a partner since 2009, having previously trained at Macfarlanes, qualifying in 2002. 


The Leicester office of Nelsons Solicitors has appointed commercial property expert Ian Sanders in its growing real estate team. He joins as an associate and previously worked at Leicester’s Crane and Walton, where he was a solicitor for four years. He brings 14 years’ commercial property experience.


Brabners has made up one partner, eight senior associates and three associates in its annual round of promotions. Property law expert Matthew O’Brien has been promoted to partner. He has been with Brabners since 2003, when he joined as a trainee, and acts for a range of investors, landlords and tenants from across the commercial property sector. In addition, the following lawyers have been promoted to senior associate: Colin Bell (commercial and IP), Adrian Rogers (corporate and insolvency), Nicola Soden and Simon Bloch (employment), Claire Brown and Philip Parker (litigation), Susan Thackeray (property) and Stuart Baird (sport). Chris Pavlou (employment), Thomas Starkey (housing and regeneration) and Glyn Lancefield (litigation) become associates.

Bridlington-based Stuart Smith & Burnett has ceased trading following the retirement of three of its four partners. Its 12 remaining employees will now join Williamsons Solicitors, which opened a branch in the town two years ago. The arrangement will see all of Stuart Smith & Burnett’s staff continuing at their premises where they will be joined by Williamsons’ five staff.

In Manchester Glaisyers Solicitors has appointed two team members to manage its road traffic accident (RTA) team. Alison Rocca has been at Glaisyers for 15 years and is the team leader in the RTA department. Qualifying as a solicitor next month she will jointly head Glaisyers’ 12-strong RTA team. Charlotte Hardie, also a team leader, will qualify as a solicitor early next year. She will jointly manage the team with Rocca, bringing with her a decade of RTA and systems experience.

Isle of Man

Private equity-backed dispute resolution funder Vannin Capital has taken on international arbitration lawyer Iain McKenny. He joins as a dispute resolution director and will assume responsibility for a broad range of disputes in multiple dispute resolution forums and jurisdictions. He arrives from the Paris office of Latham & Watkins, where he has served as counsel in disputes involving multiple governing laws under most major international arbitration rules.



Bird & Bird has appointed Marcus Huisman as a partner in its office in The Hague. Huisman joins from Houthoff Buruma, where he was a partner in the employment practice. He advises on all aspects of domestic and international employment law.

Baker Botts has hired Covington & Burling litigator Georg Berrisch as a partner in its Brussels office. Berrisch specialises in competition law, state aid and trade matters in the EU, and joins Baker Botts a year after the US firm launched in Brussels.

Kinstellar has launched its seventh office, taking a team from Dentons to open in Kazakhstan. Partner Joel Benjamin and senior associate Adlet Yerkinbayev, who is also becoming a partner, join the firm with eight associates.

Baker & McKenzie has elected Marek Rosiński as Warsaw managing partner for a two-year term. He takes over from Marcin Gmaj, who held the position for two terms. Rosiński has been a partner at Bakers since 2003 and was previously office managing partner between 2007 and 2009.

Pinsent Masons is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Paris by launching a tax practice with the hire of partner Eugénie Berthet from Marccus Partners. Berthet will rejoin former colleagues at Pinsents, which opened in the French capital last year through the hire of a team from Marccus. Berthet’s hire brings the number of lawyers in France to around 25, including 10 partners.



In Atlanta, Jackson Lewis has added partner David Hughes to its office. Prior to coming to Jackson Lewis he was a partner at Ogletree Deakins, where he concentrated on employment law counselling and litigation.

Ashurst has appointed Charles Williams as a partner in its New York energy, resources and infrastructure practice. He was previously a partner at Allen & Overy and has worked for the public sector, sponsors and lenders across projects in the transportation sector, utilising bank, bond and TIFIA finance and has experience of advising on renewables projects in the US, Central and South America.

Dechert has added renowned trial lawyer David Bernick to its litigation practice in New York. Bernick spent more than 30 years with Kirkland & Ellis before leaving to become senior vice-president and general counsel of Philip Morris International in 2010.

Former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner David Gelfand is to join the antitrust division of the US Department of Justice as a deputy assistant attorney general.


Middle East

ACWA Power has promoted Teegan Lindsay to the position of general counsel (projects). Lindsay has been a core member of the projects legal team of ACWA since April 2010.

The Doha office of global law firm K&L Gates has added Matthew Walker as a partner in the energy, infrastructure and resources practice. Walker joins from Dentons’ Doha office. With a focus on construction law and dispute resolution, Walker has significant experience in ICC arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution in Qatar, the wider Middle East region and beyond.