Moves: 18 June 2012

Fladgate has recruited real estate partner Gideon Dabby-Joory from Howard Kennedy and litigation partner Sophia Purkis from Kingsley Napley. Dabby-Joory was joint head of real estate, while Purkis was a partner.



Specialist gambling and leisure firm Harris Hagan has hired Tom Grant as a senior associate. Grant was previously senior commercial counsel at Rank Group. Assistant solicitor Bahar Alaeddini has also joined from a case manager position with the Health Profession Council, as well as paralegal Antonio Zanghi, who was business development manager at Gambling Compliance.

Michelmores has appointed Annelie Carver as a partner and head of the leisure and tourism group and Philip Ryley as a partner and head of the financial services and markets practice. Carver was a partner at Ashfords in Exeter and Ryley an associate at TLT in Bristol.

Pemberton Greenish has hired Jason Tann as a commercial property partner from Mishcon de Reya, where he was an associate.

Harrison Goddard Foote (HGF) has appointed Alice Gould to its London team as a partner. Gould has left Wedlake Bell, where she was a media, IP and commercial partner. HGF has also hired Kristina Adams and Chris Robinson, from Linklaters and Irwin Mitchell respectively, as junior solicitors.


Karen Fletcher has joined the Manchester office of Shoosmiths as a partner and head of the regional employment team. She was previously an associate at Addleshaw Goddard.

DWF has hired tax specialist Andy Brown as head of tax litigation and disputes in Newcastle. Brown was a director at McGrigors.

Shulmans in Leeds has brought in assistant solicitor Richard Robinson, who was previously a solicitor at Ward Hadaway.



Birketts has appointed Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Frank Sykes as a consultant in the firm’s corporate criminal defence team.


l MFG has made several partner and associate promotions. The new partners are Kirsten Bridgewater (litigation) and Amanda Pillinger (employment), and the associates are Sam Pedley (litigation) and Neil Harrison (rural affairs).

l Howes Percival has promoted Elizabeth Young to the partnership, Simon de Maid to director and Sarah Banner and Jenna Bruce to associates.

FBC Manby Bowdler has hired two agricultural partners. Sarah Baugh and Tom Devey both join from MFG, where they were also partners.


Taylor Vinters has promoted Richard Gaffney to partner and Sian Scanlon to associate.

Newly qualified solicitor Jessica Gidley has joined Furley Page’s corporate team.



K&L Gates has hired partners Francesco Sanna and Andrea Pinto and associates Carolina Arroyo Castillo and Anna Amprimo from DLA Piper for its Milan office.

Hans Georg Laimer, a recently appointed partner at Schoenherr Attorneys at Law, has been made head of the firm’s employment law practice.

Speechly Bircham has hired David Louis as a specialist investment funds partner based in the Luxembourg office. He was a counsel at Vandenbulke and is joined by associate Aurélien Favier from the same firm.


Paul Hastings has hired antitrust lawyer MJ Moltenbrey as a partner in its Washington DC office. She was previously a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Former Proskauer Rose associate Bradley Mandel has left the firm to join Winston

& Strawn in Chicago as an of counsel.


The Shanghai office of Cooley has recruited partner Christina Zhang from a general counsel role at Johnson Controls. The firm has also secured associate Benjamin Qiu from investment fund Innovation Works, where he was a senior counsel.

l Herbert Smith has named its former global corporate head Michael Walter as its South East Asia managing partner. Walter, who will relocate from London to Singapore early next month, will take over the management role from incumbent Austin Sweeney, who is relocating to the firm’s Hong Kong office.

l King & Wood Mallesons has hired a three-lawyer energy and resources team in Beijing led by former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner Dirk Walker. Dewey associate Miao Jing and Linklaters of counsel Dina Yin, who also previously worked as associates at Dewey, have also joined.


l Insurance group RSA has appointed Fortis Bank’s former Asia and Middle East general counsel to a similar role. Christina Tham has joined RSA as its legal, risk and compliance director for the Asia and Middle East region. Her new role will see her based in Singapore. Tham left Fortis Bank in 2010 following its sale to BNP Paribas.

The bar

Junior barrister James Ageros has joined the crime, regulatory and environmental law team at Crown Office Chambers. The health and safety specialist moves from 2 Bedford Row.