On the move

Powell Gilbert has confirmed the appointment of trademark specialist Anna Carboni as a partner.

Anna Carboni
Anna Carboni

Move of the week

Carboni, who joined the IP boutique at the start of October, has spent seven years working as a barrister at Wilberforce Chambers, advising and litigating on IP and IT matters. Founding partner Simon Ayrton said: “Anna brings a wealth of experience and practical know-how to the firm, and we look forward to working with her.” Carboni will be joined at the firm by two new associates – Jennifer Antcliff, who qualified into Linklaters’ IP practice in 2008, and Hogan Lovells’ newly qualified lawyer Isabel Burnham.



Taylor Wessing has hired Jones Day senior associate Claire Martin-Royle as a partner in its restructuring and corporate recovery group.

Martin-Royle, who is qualified as a solicitor and barrister, will join the City firm on 20 October.

Eversheds has strengthened its energy practice with the recruitment of Jason Lovell

as a partner. Lovell joins from US firm Vinson & Elkins, where he was an associate and spent time in the firm’s London and Houston offices after joining in 2001.

Berwin Leighton Paisner has appointed Clifford Chance senior associate Karen Davies as a partner in its London corporate finance team.

Howard Kennedy has recruited Fried Frank Shriver & Jacobson trainee Leila Box as a ­solicitor in its corporate department. During her time at the US firm Box was seconded to Morgan Stanley, where her work focused on corporate governance and legal and compliance matters.

Insurance dispute resolution specialist ­Greenwoods has launched a London-based ­professional indemnity practice, to be headed by new recruit Philip Steel. He has joined as a partner from Robin Simon, where he was also a partner.



Stephens Scown Solicitors has grown its ­Cornish family law offering after the ­acquisition of Murrays Solicitors, with two former partners moving to the firm. Nick Gibbons and Andrew Lobb will both join the St Austell office as associates, with Murrays senior partner John Murray retiring.

Luton firm Taylor Walton Solicitors has ­promoted Alec Colson to partner in its ­employment department. Colson joined the firm in 2007 from Irwin Mitchell.



Wakefield-based construction boutique ­Hawkswell Kilvington has announced that Thomas Salter has completed his training contract and qualified into the firm’s contentious team.

Hay & Kilner Solicitors has strengthened its wealth management team with the appointment of Jon Gould from the Manchester office of ­Linder Myers Solicitors. Gould joins the ­Newcastle-based firm as an associate.

North East firm Crutes has bolstered its

insurance team with three new recruits.

Ruth Markham has joined as a solicitor from Eversheds and is joined by two new paralegals – Ben Wilson and Andrew Thirlwall.



David Birchall, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, has been named as new private client head at Cardiff-based NewLaw Solicitors. Birchall joins the firm from George Green Solicitors, where he was head of ­private client.



Norwegian firm BA-HR has strengthened its IP and corporate practices with the recruitment of two new partners. Are Stenvick, who worked at the firm from 1990-96 will rejoin the IP team in January from the University of Oslo’s private law department, where he has been professor since 2002. Jan Jansen joins the corporate group from Arntzen de Besche, where he was a partner.

Reed Smith has hired Görling partner Oliver Rathje as it launches its Munich

commercial and corporate litigation practice. Rathje will join the wider Europe and

Middle East commercial disputes group, headed by Belinda Paisley.

Swedish firm Delphi has appointed Erica Johansson as a partner in its banking and finance practice. Johansson joins from Mayer Brown, where she was an associate.


Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has hired Securities and Exchange Commission deputy legal and regulatory director Brian Breheny as a partner in its corporate practice.

He was previously head of the SEC’s M&A office, holding the position for four years from 2003.

Arnold & Porter has boosted its Washington DC corporate practice with the hire of Andrew Varner as partner. Varner was previously a

partner at O’Melveny & Myers.