Moves roundup: 3 February 2008

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer counsel Reza Mohtashami has moved to Dubai from Paris to run the firm’s Middle East dispute resolution team.

Moves roundup: 3 February 2008Move of the week

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer counsel Reza Mohtashami has moved to Dubai from Paris to run the firm’s Middle East dispute resolution team. Mohtashami is expected to be based in Dubai for an initial period of three years, after which the ­situation will be reviewed. He is among those being tipped to join Freshfields’ partnership on 1 May.


Davenport Lyons has hired Howard Kennedy head of tax Roger Bindschedler. He joins the ­corporate team at Davenport Lyons as a partner.

Weightmans has taken on Kiran Bhogal from Beachcroft as a partner in its regional ­healthcare practice. The firm has also expanded its professional risk team with former Squire & Co partners Ed Lewis and Robert Crossingham.

• US firm Howrey has promoted IP specialist Nick Bolter to the partnership in its London office. He heads the firm’s City trademark practice.

• Steven Loble has joined Finers Stephens Innocent as a partner in the commercial dispute resolution team. Previously he ran his own ­boutique litigation firm.

K&L Gates has made up Matthew Smith in the London construction practice as part of 28 ­partnership promotions worldwide.

• Henmans has hired four solicitors in Oxford. They are assistants Julie Carlisle (PI) from Russell Jones & Walker, Roberta Harvey (trust) from Russell Cooke and Jenny McCabe (private client) from the Law Society, and associate Helen Taylor (family) from Tollers in Milton Keynes.


• Black Country firm George Green has hired senior associate Julia Fitzsimmons from the Engineering Employers Federation. Before that, she was employed by DLA Piper.

• Nyree Applegarth has joined Higgs & Sons from Wragge & Co in Birmingham. She joins the dispute resolution team as a partner.

• Former Darbys head of employment Rob Bryan has moved to Needham & James, where he will be an employment partner.


• Manchester firm JMW Solicitors has recruited corporate partner Stephen Hadlow from Shammah Nicholls and assistant solicitor Nina Latham from Halliwells.

• Doncaster firm Taylor Bracewell has promoted property lawyer Peter Caswell to the partnership.

• Leicester firm Spearing Waite has hired ­former Watson Burton corporate partner
Martin Smith.

TLT Solicitors head of banking Neil Waller is to join Trowers & Hamlins as a banking and finance partner in Manchester.


• Czech firm Weinhold Legal has promoted
ex-Dundas & Wilson lawyer Ivan Sagal to partner.

• Ekaterina Petrova has joined the Moscow office of Lovells as a consultant in the corporate ­commercial practice. She was previously with Denton Wilde Sapte.

• Polish firm Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka has poached Baker & McKenzie partner Michal Kulesza, who will work on regulatory matters.

• Loyens & Loeff has seen three of its senior lawyers retire. Roel Nieuwdorp, Carl Bevernage and Wilfred Goris have all reached Loyens’ mandatory ­retirement age and are starting a new firm.

• Dmitry Stepanov has joined Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners as a regulatory partner from Yukov Khrenov & Partners.


• Energy and projects partner Anthony Raven has moved to Lovells in Tokyo, leaving Herbert Smith’s Tokyo office.


• Quinn Emanuel has hired Ray Nimrod from Jenner & Block, where he was a partner in the patent litigation practice.

• Dewey & LeBoeuf has recruited partner Michael Kessler to its restructuring and insolvency practice in New York. He joins from Weil Gotshal & Manges, where he was a partner for 23 years.

Clifford Chance has ramped up its New York corporate finance capabilities by snaring partner Gary Brook from Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

• Katten Muchin Rosenman has hired Louis Glaser from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Glaser will be a partner in the healthcare group.

• K&L Gates has taken on tax counsel Thomas Lyden in its Washington office. He joins from the Internal Revenue Service.

• Former Latham & Watkins partner Beth Wilkinson is to join Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & ­Garrison as a litigation partner in Washington DC.


• A record eight partners have been made up at offshore firm Harney Westwood & Riegels. They are Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall and Rachel Graham in corporate, Tanya Cassie, Leon Mao and Russell Willings in banking and finance, Zac Lucas in trust products, Andrew Thorp in litigation, and Marco Martins in funds.


• The University of Salford has hired ­Lindsay Harris as university solicitor. She was ­previously with Manchester firm Kuit Steinart Levy.

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