On the move

Reading-based Boyes Turner has boosted its commercial and technology group with the hire of CMS Cameron McKenna partner Isabel Davies.

Isabel Davies
Isabel Davies

Move of the week

She will work alongside IP head Sarah Hadland. At Camerons Davies was chair of the TMT group. She advises on ­contentious and ­transactional issues and her client base ­covers IT, media and telecoms, consumer products and life sciences, as well as sectors including hotels and leisure. Davies said: “I’m excited about joining Boyes Turner. In the current climate it makes sense for my clients, who will benefit from the firm’s regional charges that compare favourably with City rates. With my home base in Chelsea I will continue to participate in the London IP world. It also gives me the opportunity to work closely with leading IP lawyers, including Sarah, with whom I’ve worked ­previously.”



Seddons has hired Fiorella Marchitelli as an assistant solicitor in its family department. She joins from Manches, where she was a solicitor in the commercial litigation team.

Family boutique Gordon Dadds has taken on Phoebe Turner as a solicitor. She trained and qualified at the firm.


Mills & Reeve has hired Anthony McGurk as a partner in its Cambridge corporate finance team. He joins from Eversheds, where he was also a partner.

Withy King has strengthened its commercial property team in Oxford by appointing Mike Cooper as an associate. Cooper previously worked at Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Manches has added Nick Owens as a senior associate in its Oxford-based residential property team. He joins from Blake Lapthorn, where he was also an associate.

Hertfordshire firm Debenhams Ottaway has appointed Ruth Boulton as a partner. Boulton will lead the firm’s property team in Radlett. She joins from Thomas Eggar, where she was a ­partner.


West Midlands firm FBC Manby Bowdler has promoted four solicitors to the position of associate: Gareth Ruddock is a member of the litigation department; Sara Morton works in the family department; Alison Sargent is a member of the commercial property team; and Douglas Godwin is part of the firm’s specialist agricultural and rural services team.

Anthony Collins partner Andrew Lancaster has taken up the presidency of the Birmingham Law Society. He takes over the post from Dean Parnell, who stood down at the society’s AGM last month.

Shoosmiths has appointed lawyer Paul ­Kirkpatrick as a senior associate to head its ­Milton Keynes-based commercial litigation team. Kirkpatrick joins from Bevan Brittan, where he was a senior associate.


Irwin Mitchell has brought in Ros Bever as a partner in its Manchester family team. She joins the firm from Mace & Jones, where she was a partner.

Weightmans has beefed up its property ­disputes practice with the addition of

Sandra Jones as a partner. She joins from ­Berrymans Lace Mawer in Manchester, where she was also a partner.


Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran has hired two partners from Byrne Wallace in a boost to its administrative and public law team. The appointments of Brian Horkan and James Bardon bring the number of partners in the team to five.

Markus Schöner has been appointed head of CMS Hasche Sigle’scompetitionpractice area. He takes over from Harald ­Kahlenberg, who will remain chairman of Europe-wide competition in the CMS network.

Schoenherr has hired Katarzyna Terlecka as a partner in its Warsaw office. She joins from Allen & Overy’s Warsaw office, where she was a senior associate. The firm has also named ­private equity partner ­Florian Cvak as head of its Warsaw office.


Ropes & Gray has added Marcia Ellis as a ­partner in its Hong Kong office. The private equity lawyer joins from investment company DE Shaw & Co, where she was its Hong Kong-based chief legal officer for Asia.


King & Spalding has added William Smith as a corporate partner in its Atlanta office. Smith joins from Troutman Sanders, where he was also a partner in the corporate department.

The bar

Leeds-based Exchange Chambers has added three QCs as door tenants. Crime specialists ­Dafydd Enoch QC and Cairns Nelson QC both take up tenancy in addition to being members of London set 23 Essex Street. Eleanor Laws, who is also a criminal barrister and who took silk this year, is a member of London’s 6 Pump Court.


Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank Corporate & Structured Finance has appointed lawyer Ben Clare to provide dedicated legal support to its ­corporate and structured finance division throughout the UK. Clare, who will be based in Manchester, joins from Addleshaw Goddard, where he was an associate.