People moves

Hailsham Chambers has announced that Bernard Livesey QC will become the latest tenant to join the set.

Nigel Clark
Nigel Clark

Move of the week

Deputy High Court Judge, Livesey leaves Four New Square after 18 years. When asked what prompted his move, Bernard said: “Although after 18 years I am naturally very sad to be parting ­company from many close friends, I’m ­looking forward to the prospect of joining with many other friends and ­colleagues at Hailsham and look forward very much to the opportunity of continuing my career in the new and vibrant environment which ­Hailsham offers.” Livesey was called to the bar in 1969 and took silk in 1990. He has experience of commercial ­litigation, construction, insurance and professional liability.



Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has taken on Peter Richards-Carpenter, who joins the firm as a regulatory consultant from Mayer Browns where he was a partner.

Druces Solicitors has appointed Richard Baines as a partner in its corporate and ­commercial department and head of its ­corporate restructuring and insolvency team.

He joins Druces from Holman Fenwick Willan, where he was a partner.

Sheridans has strengthened its film and TV team with the appointment of partner James Kay, who joins the firm from Olswang, where he was also a partner.

Simmons & Simmons has appointed Paul England to develop the professional support lawyer role for its international IP group. England, who joins from Herbert Smith, will be using his background in pharma and patent matters to support the firm’s life sciences practice.


Stevens & Bolton has promoted Tim Carter and Kate Schmit to its partnership. Meanwhile, ­associates Hannah Ford and Charlie Tillett have been promoted to senior associates. In addition partners Andrew Steele and James Waddell have been promoted to equity partner status.

Stones Solicitors has taken on James Menzies as an associate  in the firm’s social ­housing team. He joins from Devonshires, where he was

an associate.


Sunil Abeyewickreme has joined Halliwells as a partner in its healthcare team. Prior to joining Halliwells, Abeyewickreme was head of the employment team at Cohen Cramer and before that he was senior legal adviser to the British Dental Association.

Brabners Chaffe Street has strengthened its specialist environmental law offering with the appointment of Claire Gregory as head of its ­environment and regulatory team. She joins the firm from Hammonds, where she spent six years in the safety, health and environment group.

Construction law firm SLS Solicitors has appointed lawyer Emma Judge as a director. Judge joins the form from Pannone, where she was a partner in its construction department.


Alsters Kelley has promoted Colin Frowd to head of company and commercial. Frowd first joined Alsters Kelley in 2006. He was ­previously a partner and head of property at Cartwright & Lewis in Birmingham.


Anderson Strathern has announced

the appointment of Robin Garrett to provide ­consultancy services to the firm. Garrett was ­previously a partner with Maclay Murray & Spens and has recently set up a new company

to provide business consultancy services.

Maclay Murray & Spens has announced a clutch of internal promotions, with three new partners and ten associates making the grade. Robert Buchan, based in Edinburgh, has been promoted to partner in the firm’s IP and ­technology team. Malcolm Gunnyeon has become a partner in the commercial dispute resolution department, based in Aberdeen. David McGrory has become a partner in the firm’s corporate department, based in Edinburgh. Meanwhile, ­Stuart Fitzsimmons, Gareth Hale, Craig Neilson, Helen Hutcheson, Margaret Shenken and ­Catriona Borthwick have all been promoted to associate.

Biggart Baillie has promoted David Gilchrist and Damien Bechelli to partner. The pair will ­continue to work in the firm’s corporate finance practice. In the property department, Chris McLeish has been promoted to partner. Promotions to associate include Joanna Hamilton in the property department, Jonathan Rennie in the employment team, Euan McSherry in the dispute management department, Mairi Black in the ­pensions team and Louise Gibson in the infrastructure, environment and transport department.



Paris firm Franklin law has announced the appointment of Céline Maironi-Persin as a ­partner in its corporate practice, co-chaired by Yam Atallah, Alexandre Marque and Mark Richardson. Maironi-Persin joined Franklin as an associate in 2002 and was promoted to of counsel in ­January 2006.

Hunton & Williams has expanded its global privacy and information management practice with the addition of Wim Nauwelaerts as counsel in its Brussels office. Formerly co-Chair of Hogan Lovells’ global privacy group, Nauwelaerts has 15 years’ experience in international privacy, data protection and information security law.


Jon Atzen has joined the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a corporate partner and member of the emerging companies ­practice. Atzen joins from DLA Piper, where he was a partner in its Los Angeles office.

Holland & Knight has announced that Seth Cohen has joined the firm’s Atlanta office as a partner in its corporate M&A group. Cohen will also co-chair Holland & Knight’s Atlanta ­corporate/M&A team. Prior to joining the firm, Cohen was a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory.

Hogan Lovells has taken on Jon Layman, who joins the firm as a partner in its corporate ­practice group in its Silicon Valley office. Layman will focus on corporate and securities work and joins the firm from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he was a partner.