People moves

Move of the week

John Toon (pictured, right) has joined as head of the firm’s national ­commercial tax practice and Nancy Kelsall (pictured, left) has joined as a corporate finance partner in Manchester.



  • Cooke Young & Keidan has hired newly ­qualified solicitor Rebecca Wright. She joins from City firm Elborne Mitchell, where she completed her training contract.
  • The commercial and corporate finance team at Essex firm Birkett Long has ­welcomed a new consultant in the shape of Richard Curl. He joins from Hammonds, where as a partner he led the health and social care team.
  • Penningtons Solicitors has beefed up its immigration team with the hire of Rika Tanaka-Blease and Penny Salmon from KPMG. They join as case managers. Tanaka-Blease was a senior ­manager in KPMG’s immigration ­practice, while Salmon was a manager.


  • Devonshires Solicitors has taken on Andrew Mills-Baker as operations director.
  • He joins from Farrer & Co, where he was chief executive for nine years.
  • Stuart Butler-Gallie of Kent-based Vertex Law has been appointed an independent
  • non-­executive director on the newly reformed board of Charlton Athletic Football Club.



  • Sintons Solicitors has appointed three new associates. Chris ­Patton began his career at Sintons as a trainee solicitor in 2003. ­Having gained experience across a wide range of legal areas, he now ­specialises in personal injury work. Alok Loomba, who joins Sintons from Hay & Kilner, is a ­commercial property lawyer who ­specialises in the leisure and ­healthcare sectors. Kate Jenkins, who also ­specialises in personal injury, joins from Austin Sanders in Darlington.
  • Manchester-based Glaisyers Solicitors has welcomed two new solicitors to its legal team with the qualification of Sarah Young and ­Hannah Jenkinson. Young joins the firm’s employment team, while Jenkinson joins the commercial property team.



  • Shropshire firm Lanyon Bowdler has appointed Nichola Burnham and Natasha Read as associates on completion of their training ­contracts.
  • Alsters Kelley has boosted its residential property department with the appointment of conveyancing executive Cathy Richards and her assistant Julie Bell. The duo have joined the firm’s Leamington office from Ollerenshaw. 
  • Howes Percival has appointed Deborah Smithson as a solicitor in its employment law team. She joins Howes Percival from Beachcroft, where she was a solicitor.
  • Midlands-based firm Wright Hassall ­Solicitors has hired chartered civil engineer Madelaine Hanlon from BPE Solicitors. Hanlon has been a chartered civil engineer since 1985, but made the switch from civil engineering to legal consultant in 2001, becoming a chartered arbitrator in 2007.



  • Hammonds has boosted its dispute ­resolution practice in Berlin with the ­appointment partner Horst Daniel. He has joined from the Frankfurt office of US firm ­Faegre & Benson, where he was head of the arbitration and litigation department and also served as the office executive partner.



  • The Washington DC office of K&L Gates has taken on Kenneth Glazer as a partner in its antitrust practice. Glazer joins the firm after serving as deputy director of the US Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition.
  • King & Spalding has announced that two complex commercial litigators, Geoffrey Unger and Juan Alcala, have joined the firm’s business litigation practice as partners in its Austin office. Unger and Alcala both join from DLA Piper.
  • Holland & Knight has revealed that Kenji ­Tatsugi and Scott Beizaie have joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as partner and senior counsel respectively. Tatsugi and Beizaie will concentrate on international and cross-border transactions, with an emphasis on the firm’s Japan practice. Steven D’Alessandro has joined the New York office as a litigation partner. He previously
  • served as an assistant US attorney in the Eastern District of New York for six years.
  • Covington & Burling has hired Fred Knecht
  • as a corporate partner in New York. Knecht has nearly 20 years of in-house experience at ­investment banks, most recently at Merrill Lynch, where he was named managing director and general counsel for global origination and private equity in 2006.
  • Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has taken on Andrew Mattei as a global finance partner in its New York office. Before joining Orrick, Mattei was a partner at Allen & Overy.