Tax investigations lawyer Maurice Martin has joined Withers’ London office as a partner. He comes from Irwin Mitchell, where he was also a partner and headed the business and personal tax investigations team.

Maurice Martin
Maurice Martin

“With recent developments such as the UK-Swiss treaty and the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility, we’re at a very exciting juncture in international tax law,” said Martin.
Martin’s practice focuses on business and personal tax investigations on behalf of high-profile individuals, as well as corporations. 



LG private client partner Caroline Garnham has left the firm to concentrate on the social networking site she helped found five years ago. Garnham had been an equity partner at LG since 2006. Before that she was head of private capital at Simmons & Simmons but left as part of a four-lawyer team when Simmons axed the department. Garnham will now devote more time to her role as managing director of Family Bhive, a social networking site for ultra-high net-worth individuals, of which LG is a member.

Financiaand commercialitigation boutique Cooke Young & Keidan has welcomed two newly qualified solicitors to the firm. Lisa Oakley completed her training contract at Latham & Watkins, while Namuwaya Kibedi joins from the London office of Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens. Both Oakley and Kibedi join as associates.

John Lurie has joined the commercialitigation practice at Dorsey & Whitney as a partner. He provides procurement and dispute resolution advice in connection with construction and engineering projects. Lurie joins from Dechert, where he was a senior associate.

Pritchard Englefield’s internationaemployment team has recruited Sarah Jones as an assistant solicitor. She moves to the firm after four years at Stephenson Harwood. Jones joins Pritchard’s German group, serving German-speaking and UK-based clients.

DWF has netted Adam Nelas a partner for its reaestate group. Specialising in construction and engineering, Nelhas experience in a range of sectors including rail, marine, petrochemicaand nuclear. He joins DWF from Herbert Smith, where he was of counsel.

King & Spalding has appointed London corporate and commerciapartner Garry Pegg to its 10-person policy committee. He is the co-managing partner of the firm’s London office.

Taylor Wessing has hired partner Joanne Kelly from Manches, where she previously headed the firm’s London construction practice. Kelly focuses on infrastructure projects, especially procurement and contract management issues. She made partner at Manches in 2006 after joining the firm in 2001.


Gateley has appointed a new non-executive director to its English management board. Mike Seabrook wilprovide strategic guidance as the firm enters a new phase in its development. Seabrook recently retired from Eversheds, where he was a corporate partner for more than 20 years and a board member for 13 of those. He holds a number of non-executive roles, including as a director of Steelite Internationaand as a trustee of the Queen Elizabeth HospitaBirmingham Charity.


Wolfram Desch has joined Görg’s restructuring team in Munich as an associated partner. Desch is a restructuring and insolvency expert who has acted on many corporate and financiarestructurings. He joins from Hogan Lovells, where

he was a senior associate.

Latham & Watkins is expanding its Italian law capability with the addition of members from litigation boutique Degli Occhi e Associati. The group includes Cesare Degli Occhi, Antonio Distefano and Angela Succi, who join Latham’s Milan office.

They have experience advising clients in a variety of business sectors, including financiaservices, private equity and investment management. Degli Occhi, the most senior of the group, wilbe an of counsel.

Lars Johansson has rejoined Sweden’s Roschier after a stint as managing partner at locarivaNord & Co. He becomes head of Roschier’s EU and competition law team in Sweden. He originally left Roschier in June 2010.


Banking and finance lawyer Vittorio Casamento has joined Australia’s Clayton Utz as a senior associate in Sydney. Casamento wilfocus on advising clients on derivatives, structured finance and corporate finance transactions. Casamento was previously a senior associate at Freehills.

Herbert Smith has hired Philip Lee as a partner in Singapore, focusing on debt capitamarkets. He has previously advised globafinanciainstitutions on public and private debt capitamarket products, including convertible bonds and fixed income securities. Lee joins from Allen & Overy’s Singapore office, where he was a consultant.

Stephenson Harwood has strengthened its China corporate practice by hiring two new partners, one for its Hong Kong office and one for Shanghai. Bird & Bird corporate partner Matthew Wong joins Stephenson Harwood’s Hong Kong office.

Wong, who is qualified in Hong Kong, England and Australia, focuses on corporate finance, capitamarkets, private equity, venture capitaand M&A. ChunFai Lui joins the firm’s partnership from Baker & McKenzie’s Shanghai office, where he served as a speciacounsel. A Singaporean lawyer qualified in Hong Kong, Singapore and England, Liu’s experience lies mainly in antitrust and competition law and issues relating to cross-border and M&A transactions.



Mourant Ozannes has announced the promotion of Simon Dickson and Helen Ruelle to the firm’s partnership. Dickson joins Mourant’s litigation practice in the Cayman Islands, while Ruelle becomes the head of the Jersey employment practice. Dickson joined the firm in 2002, while Ruelle joined in 2001.