Forsters’ former corporate head Jeremy Whiteson (left) has left the firm to join West End rival Fladgate. Whiteson, who has been a partner at Forsters for nine years, join as a partner in Fladgate’s corporate practice.
Move of the week
He was replaced as corporate head by former Withers partner Craigie Pearson in April. Whiteson specialises in three areas: working with start-up businesses, property fund and structures, and corporate restructuring and insolvency. Fladgate senior partner Charles Wander said: “Despite the recession we’ve continued to look for people who have the right kind of practice to complement the firm. Jeremy has a diverse corporate practice and that’s something we like to encourage. Insolvency is starting to come back, so to bring in someone with a solid technical background in this area was very attractive. I think he’ll fit in very well here.”
Finers Stephens Innocent has hired Daniel McLean as a consultant in its IP/media department. McLean was a solicitor at Withers.
Bevan Kidwell has taken on newly qualified lawyer Liz Coley after she completed her training contract with the firm. Coley has qualified into the firm’s litigation department.
Kervin & Barnes Solicitors has brought in Hilary Norris as a partner. She previously worked for Sodexo as senior legal counsel.
Anthony Gold Solicitors has welcomed Clifford Tibber, who joins as a partner in the commercial dispute resolution team. Previously he was a partner at Oury Clark Solicitors. Tibber is well-known as one the solicitors representing families of victims of the 7/7 London bombings and has been instructed by a number of the bereaved families for the inquest, which is scheduled for October 2010.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has hired IP partner Clive Thorne from Arnold & Porter. He joins RPC’s IP, technology and outsourcing group. He joined Arnold & Porter as a partner in 2004 after spending 18 years as a partner at Denton Wilde Sapte in London.
Michelmores has taken on Fran Button as a partner, taking the firm’s partnership to 45. Button was previously head of non-contentious business within the construction and engineering team at Pinsent Masons in Leeds.
Thomson Snell & Passmore has promoted partner Joanna Pratt to equity partner status. She advises on a wide range of family matters, including divorce and disputes relating to children and domestic violence. Pratt has been with Thomson Snell since 2005. Separately, corporate lawyer Joel Kelly, commercial property lawyer Sue Lister and dispute resolution lawyers John Spence and Mark Steggles have been promoted to senior associate status.
Two lawyers at the Leicester office of Howes Percival have been promoted to partner. Becky Hodgkins and Alex Payton are members of the firm’s employment law team and both joined Howes Percival in 2008 as associate solicitors. Payton joined from Rich & Carr in Leicester, while Hodgkins was previously at Eversheds in Nottingham.
Hill Dickinson has taken on solicitor Loraine Adams for its Liverpool planning team. Adams joins from the London Borough of Redbridge having previously been a solicitor at Eversheds.
SAS Daniels has announced that Helen Gowin has been promoted to partner within its probate department. She is the firm’s first non-solicitor partner appointment. Gowin, who joined SAS Daniels in 2004, qualified as a fellow of Ilex in July 2006 and is currently head of the estate administration team within the probate department.
Nixon Peabody has announced the arrival of Charles Dietzgen as a partner in its corporate trust and global finance practices. Dietzgen joins the firm from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, which he joined in 2009, having spent his entire career prior to that at Thacher Proffitt & Wood.
WilmerHale has welcomed David Manspeizer to its New York office as a partner in the litigation/controversy department and IP litigation practice group. He joins from drugs company Wyeth, where he was vice-president of IP and associate general counsel.
Morrison & Foerster has announced that Christopher Ford, a partner in the firm’s Washington DC office, has been appointed chair of the firm’s global sourcing group. He succeeds Alistair Maughan, a partner in the London office, who has taken on a new role as co-chair of the firm’s technology transactions group, alongside Paul Jahn, who is based in San Francisco.
Holland & Knight has taken on Clare Connor Ranalli, who joins the firm’s Chicago office as a partner in the corporate M&A practice group. Prior to joining the firm Ranalli was a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has welcomed corporate attorney Christophe Gaschin to its ranks. He joins the Paris office as a partner from Weil Gotshal & Manges, where he was an associate.
Asia and Middle East
Latham & Watkins has hired Simon Powell as a litigation partner in Hong Kong. Prior to joining the firm he was a partner at Jones Day in Hong Kong.
Indian firm Indus Law has taken on Kartik Ganapathy as an equity partner in its fund M&A group. He was most recently a partner and an executive committee member at Nishith Desai Associates, where he led the fund investment practice and managed the Bangalore office.