Moves: 17 June 2013

Move of the week


King & Spalding has hired litigation and arbitration partner Egishe Dzhazoyan. Dzhazoyan is a UK and Russian-qualified lawyer who has represented clients in more than 50 arbitration and litigation proceedings across jurisdictions. He has a particular focus on the banking, telecoms and energy sectors. He joins from Steptoe & Johnson, where he was a partner and served as co-head of the Russia and CIS group.



Debevoise & Plimptonhas hired Richard Lawton as an international counsel. Lawton joins from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was a senior associate in the firm’s litigation team. He specialises in complex litigation and regularly advises on multibillion-pound litigation, often cross-border in nature.

DLA Piper has officially opened its Italian desk at the London office of the firm. Ugo de Vivo, who has lived and worked in London for the past 10 years and has previous experiences at Allen & Overy, will head it. He joins as of counsel from Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, where he was a senior associate.


Kelvin Henderson has joined Nelsons in Nottingham as an associate. He joins from the Sheffield office of Irwin Mitchell, where he was an associate. He was previously a partner at Nottingham firm Massers for 18 years.

Christopher Sing has joined Kimbells Freeth in Milton Keynes as an employment partner to strengthen their existing team. Sing advises private and public sector organisations on a range of employment law issues. His work includes dealing with staff disputes, restructuring workforces and managing large-scale collective consultation processes, such as TUPE and redundancy. He joins from Geldards, where he was a partner and also has experience in the education sector, particularly in connection with the secure delivery of academies and free schools. Sing previously trained as a barrister.


In Manchester, Clarke Willmott has hired IP and ICT partner Susan Hall. She joins from DWF, where she was a partner, joining from legacy firm Cobbetts in February.

Clough & Willis has recruited David Leviten as head of commercial property. He joins from Heaton, where he was a partner. He takes over the role following the recent retirement of Paul Breedon.

Clarion has promoted Jonathan Simms to corporate partner. Simms joined Clarion in 2002 as a trainee. He qualified in 2004 and was promoted to senior associate two years ago.



Ian Truscott QC is joining Simpson & Marwick and will practise across the firm’s offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as in London. Truscott was called to the bar in 1988 and took silk in 1997. He joins from Murray Stable.

Thorntons has promoted 10 lawyers to associate and senior solicitor positions. In the Yeaman Shore office, IP, technology and media lawyers Claire Thompson and Loretta Maxfield have been promoted to associate. Dundee personal injury lawyer Richard Poole has also been promoted. Stephanie Watson, who also works in the personal injury team, has been promoted to senior solicitor. Commercial property lawyer Nina Sinclair has been promoted to associate, alongside corporate solicitor Robbie Francis and employment specialist Graeme Dickson. In Edinburgh, Kathleen-Erin Lawson in the personal injury team has been promoted to associate, while IP, technology and media lawyer Claire Shepherd has been appointed to senior solicitor. Arbroath litigation lawyer Stuart Mackie has also been promoted to senior solicitor. 


Bryan Cave in Paris has hired Constantin Achillas and Jean-Norbert Pontier from Dentons. Both were previously lawyers at legacy firm SNR Dentons. Achillas was litigation and dispute resolution head at the Paris office and joins the commercial litigation department as a partner. Pontier joins the financial services group in the firm, in the same role.

In Milan, K&L Gates has added Stefano Bardella as counsel in its commercial disputes practice. He joins from DLA Piper, where he was senior associate at the Rome litigation and arbitration practice. He advises clients in the energy, real estate, finance, and construction sectors on cross-border litigation and arbitration matters.

Jones Day has hired IP lawyer Olivier Banchereau as a counsel in its Paris office. Banchereau joins the firm from Hogan Lovells, where he was also a counsel.


K&L Gates has added Kimberley Chen Nobles to its Orange County office as an IP and international arbitration practice. She joins from Haynes & Boone, where she was a partner. Her practice covers both domestic and international markets, and she has expertise in Europe and Asia Pacific.

Asia Pacific


In Beijing, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has bolstered its corporate practice further in Asia with the addition of Chen Li as a partner. She joins the firm from Milbank Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Li has particular experience of working on cross-border transactions. She concentrates on cross-border M&A, and foreign direct investment.

Winston & Strawn in Shanghai has hired partner Matthew Durham from Clyde & Co, where he was head of the labour and employment team in China.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has hired Scott Palmer as a partner in the IP group, based in Beijing. He joins from Baker & McKenzie in Beijing, where he led the IP practice. He focuses on anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy activities for a range of multinational clients in China.


Mourant Ozannes has hired Hayden Isbister as a partner in its Cayman Islands corporate practice. Isbister spent nearly six years with Ogier in Cayman, most recently as a managing associate. He specialises in investment funds and general corporate and finance work.

The Bar

Anthony Watson QC has left 3 New Square to take up tenancy at Hogarth Chambers. His practice focuses on IP and arbitration, especially in disputes involving technical issues. His cases over the past 40 years include Amgen v Boehringer and Pavel v Sony.