Moves: 20 May 2013

Move of the week


Allen & Overy has hired Alasdair Balfour as a partner in its London antitrust group. He joins from Fried Frank where he advised multinational clients on UK and EU antitrust matters, concentrating on cross-border merger control, cartel work and other infringements.



Olswang has added partner Justin Hill to its IP practice as co-chair of its patent prosecution group. He comes from boutique IP firm Ipulse, where he was head of patents. Prior to that he spent 10 years at McDermott Will & Emery, where he became head of the European IP prosecution and opposition practices.

Stewarts Law has promoted six lawyers to its London partnership. They are commercial litigators Inge Forster, Marc Jones and Daniel Loblowitz; divorce lawyers Matthew Humphries and Sam Longworth; and aviation specialist Scott Rigby.


Former private tax and family business partner at Stone King, David Ainslie, has joined Pitmans’ private client team.

Wilsons has promoted three new equity partners and one partner. Existing partners Peter Bourke (litigation) and Jane Lonergan (property) have become equity partners together with newly promoted partner Jamie Ritchie who joined Wilsons’ commercial department in 2011 from Ashurst. Qualifying with Wilsons in 2005, Charlotte Watts has also been promoted to partner, bringing the total number of litigation partners to 12.

Thomas Eggar has promoted 22 lawyers. Robert Kenyon, corporate dispute resolution partner, has been promoted to equity partner. Partner promotions include corporate lawyer Sarah Naylor, litigator Frank Bouette, private client lawyers Caroline Shelton and Darran Fawcett. Senior associates promoted are David Barrett (property dispute resolution), Matthew Bridger (commercial), Katie Byrne (corporate dispute resolution), Leon Deakin (employment), Lloyd Junor (private client), Audrey Farley (residential property), Daisy Hutchinson (family), Tim Ransley (dispute resolution), Dominic Sansom (dispute resolution), Emma Van Klaveren (property), Emma Wilson (dispute resolution). Associate promotions include Vanessa Bell (employment), Louise Campbell (private client dispute resolution), Peter Collins (corporate), Juliet Godfrey (property), James Turner (property) and Jamie Woods (private client dispute resolution).


Mills & Reeve has promoted six senior associates to partner. Alison Bull and Deborah Clark will become partners in the Manchester family and private tax teams. John Grundy will be a partner in private tax in Birmingham. Stuart Thompson will be in the projects and construction team, based in Cambridge. Norwich will have two new partners: James Kidd from the employment team and Neil Davies from the insurance team.

Irwin Mitchell has hired Julia Burns to work in its wills, trusts and disputes team in Leeds and Sheffield. She was previously at Clarion Solicitors in Leeds, where she worked in disputed wills and trusts for six years.



HBJ Gateley has appointed Sarah McKinlay as the head of its private client practice. She joins from Morton Fraser, where she was a partner. McKinlay will lead the succession planning, asset protection and capital tax mitigation areas.


Duarte de Oliveira
Duarte de Oliveira

Stibbe has hired tax partner Diogo Duarte de Oliveira from CMS DeBacker Luxembourg. Duarte de Oliveira serves clients in France, Southern Europe, Africa, and Latin-America. He will work closely with tax head Ayzo van Eysinga and partner Paul Tulcinsky, as well as the corporate, banking and funds teams.

Luxembourg firm Molitor has announced the imminent departure of partner Laurent Fisch, who is off to pursue an independent career, seeking to avoid client conflict issues raised by his involvement in the Lehman Brothers liquidation.

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has named Olivier Proust of counsel in its Brussels privacy and information team. Proust joins from Morrison & Foerster’s Brussels office. He specialises in French privacy law, data protection and data security.

French independent Jeantet Associés has appointed Orrick Rambaud Martel partner Catherine Saint Geniest as a partner in its real estate group, bringing the number of lawyers in Jeantet’s property team to seven. Saint Geniest joined Orrick in 2006, when legacy firmRambaud Martel merged with the US outfit.

Latham & Watkins has hired Allen & Overy (A&O) German capital markets partner Okko Behrends in a boost for the Frankfurt office. Behrends, a partner at A&O since 2000, focuses on international capital markets transactions, including covered bonds, structured debt instruments and OTC derivatives.

Meanwhile, A&O has hired Shearman & Sterling corporate partner Hans Diekmann as a partner in its Düsseldorf office. Diekmann will join later this year.


K&L Gates’ Houston office has hired Anthony Newton as a partner in its energy and infrastructure, projects and transactions practice. He joins the firm from Haynes & Boone, where he was a partner for two years. He represents clients in the oil and gas exploration and production, oilfield services and storage sectors of the energy industry on a variety of corporate, finance, private equity, and tax matters.

Clifford Chance has hired Emily DiStefano as an asset finance partner in New York. She joins Clifford Chance from Debevoise & Plimpton, where she was a counsel in the corporate department and has expertise in all aspects of aircraft finance, including secured lending, leasing, private equity investments and restructuring of transactions. 

DLA Piper has hired patent and IP litigators Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell in its Chicago office. The pair join from Kirkland & Ellis, where they were partners.


HWL Ebsworth Lawyers has hired Rebecca Mohr as a partner in its commercial practice group in Sydney. She was previously a partner at Norton Rose Australia and has assisted several Australian brands with their entry into Asian and Middle Eastern markets, including under master franchise, licensing, import and distribution models.