On the move

Maclay Murray & Spens has boosted its London corporate capabilities with the lateral hire of Darius Lewington as a partner.

Darius Lewington
Darius Lewington

Move of the week

He joins from Pinsent Masons’ London office, where he was a relationship partner for a number of US and other multinational ­companies. Formerly with Allen & Overy, Lewington advises on a range of corporate finance issues, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and ­disposals, restructurings, capital reductions and corporate governance matters.



Pinsent Masons has given its banking and restructuring team a boost with a partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). Vanessa Heap, who made partner in BLP’s banking and capital markets team in 2010, joins Pinsents’ banking and restructuring team.

Edwards Wildman Palmer has announced that Stuart Blythe has joined the firm as a ­partner. He will add a telecommunications ­component to the firm’s practice, providing clients with a platform when dealing with ­international and domestic matters in the ­communications sector. He arrives from
Bird & Bird, where he was a partner in the firm’s ­corporate practice.

Watson Farley & Williams has recruited three partners for its London office. Gareth Phillips joins to establish a planning practice. He comes from SNR Denton, where he was a senior associate. Mid-ticket leasing and asset finance lawyer Samantha Yardley joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), where she was an ­associate director. Asset finance and leasing ­specialist Nicola Davies also comes from BLP, where she was a partner.

Simon Little has joined Shearman & ­Sterling’s M&A team as a senior associate. He was previously a senior corporate associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York.

Boutique litigation firm Hausfeld & Co has augmented its European practice with the ­addition of assistant solicitors David Lawne and Tom Bolster. Lawne joins from pro-bono ­non-governmental organisation Legal Response ­Initiative, while Bolster joins following ­completion of his training contract at Baker & McKenzie.

Wragge & Co has appointed a new pensions litigation director in the shape of Ian Gordon. He joins from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, where he was a senior associate.

Halebury has netted two senior legal ­practitioners in the shape of commercial, ­technology and telecommunications lawyer Ed Rea and specialist employment solicitor Fiona Blakey. Rea joins from Ericsson, where he served as a group legal counsel for more than four years. Blakey comes from her previous role as in-house employment counsel for Paramount Pictures.

Maclay Murray & Spens has strengthened its financial services practice with the appointment of Ian Benson, who has become a director in the firm’s corporate department. He joins from ­Norwich Union Investment Management, where he was head of legal.

South East

Thomas Eggar has appointed dispute ­resolution partner James Pavey to its rural ­business and estates team at its Gatwick branch. Pavey previously worked at Knights Solicitors, where he built a practice in property and public law dispute resolution.

South West

Michelmores has made three lateral hires to its Exeter office. Employment lawyer Nikki ­Duncan, who previously headed the Devon employment team at Bond Pearce, has joined as a partner specialising in contentious and non-contentious employment law. Private client lawyer Ian Bond joins from the Co-operative Trust Corporation in Bristol, where he was head of wills, trust and probate. Brian Garner joins as director of tax having previously headed the tax department at Bond Pearce.


Solihull and Birmingham solicitors Williamson & Soden has strengthened its team by recruiting a litigation specialist as a partner. Nick Carter has taken the role of head of ­commercial litigation. He joins from Anthony Collins, where he was a partner.

Shoosmiths has bagged a new banking ­partner for its Manchester office. Graham Hall will support Shoosmiths’ corporate and real estate teams. He arrives from DWF, where he was a partner.


Ledingham Chalmers has confirmed the appointment of construction law specialist and partner Jennifer Young as its chairman. Young joined the firm as a solicitor in 1995 and was ­promoted to partner in 1999. She will take up the appointment in January 2012. David Laing, who has held the chairman’s post since Ledingham Chalmers became an LLP in 2006, will continue his ongoing client-facing work after stepping down from the chair.


Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has netted new ­partner Javier Seijo Pérez. He will be responsible for coordinating the tax practice team at the firm’s Madrid branch. He joins from Arco ­Abogados y Asesores Tributarios, where he was a partner.

Bryan Cave has welcomed Jean de Hauteclocque as counsel along with Anna Obolensky as an associate. Both join the firm’s commercial ­litigation and international arbitration team in Paris. From 2003, de Hauteclocque formed the boutique firm Hauteclocque & Larroumet before becoming head of Howrey’s international ­arbitration department in 2007.

Cabinet Beau de Loménie has appointed Pierre Balesta as manager of its Lille office. He joined the firm’s Paris office in 2003.

K&L Gates has welcomed Etienne Drouard as an intellectual property partner in its Paris office, along with associate Claude-Etienne Armingaud. Both worked together most recently at Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

Salans has promoted Alexei Zakharko to the partnership of its Moscow office. Zakharko is a member of Salans’ Russian corporate and M&A practice group.


Stuart Miller has joined Mayer Brown JSM’s Hong Kong office as a registered foreign ­consultant in the aviation finance practice. Miller joins from the London office of Simmons & ­Simmons, where he was a managing associate in the asset finance group.

Middle East

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has appointed finance partner Oli Charlesworth to its firm’s Abu Dhabi office. Charlesworth joins the firm from Norton Rose in Abu Dhabi.


Appleby’s trust practitioner Vanessa Schrum has been promoted as the new head of the firm’s private client and trusts practice in Bermuda. Schrum has been with Appleby for 13 years.