People moves

David Pritchard
David Pritchard

Move of the week

Manches Thames Valley has announced the arrival of David Pritchard as head of litigation. Formerly a partner at Buckinghamshire-based BP Collins, Pritchard brings 20 years of dispute resolution experience to the firm. In recent years he has focused on the legal needs of medium-sized enterprises. “Manches has a can-do culture that I admire and some first-class lawyers who are ­encouraged to think big for their clients,” said Pritchard.

He will take over from present head of ­department Julie Bond to allow her to focus on her regulatory, professional negligence and commercial disputes practice.



Fisher Meredith has promoted Louise ­Barretto and Maria Healy to equity partners.

Barretto, who heads the firm’s Richmond office, specialises in family law. Healy heads the children lawyer team at head office in Kennington.

Hamlins has netted Madeleine Thomson as head of its employment law team. In the past five years she has advised businesses and individuals on employed and sub-contractor status. She joins from Sprecher Grier Halberstam, where she was also head of employment.

Bird & Bird has welcomed Helen Loose to its international energy and utilities sector group and international commercial practice group. Loose is a senior environmental lawyer and ­previously worked as a policy adviser at the Environmental Services Association and a consultant at Keystone Law.

Clarke Willmott has appointed Helen Meyler as a consultant to bolster its real estate practice in London. Meyler joins from Davies Arnold Cooper, where she was a partner and head of the public sector group.

Olswang has promoted Matthew Bennett to partner in its commercial group. Bennett joined Olswang as a legal director in the outsourcing and technology team in June 2010.

International employment law attorney Ming Henderson-Vu Thi has joined US firm Seyfarth Shaw’s London office as a partner. Henderson-Vu Thi previously worked at Oracle UK, where she was director and senior employment counsel for Emea.

Jones Day has expanded its construction team with the hire of two associates. Peter Metcalfe joins after training at Clifford Chance in London and Tokyo and spending two years with DLA Piper’s engineering and construction group. Laura Kent has experience in all areas of trial preparation and practised in the US for five years.

Pinsent Masons has gained a sports lawyer in the shape of James Earl. He joins the London sports practice as a senior associate from Clarke Willmott, where he was a partner.

South West

Four associates at Michelmores have been promoted to partner, bringing the firm’s total partnership to 46. Christopher Close, Tim Davies, Jason Phelps and Johanna Probert have all been made up.


Manchester-based personal injury firm Express Solicitors has made up three partners.

Margaret Bailey-Tsavalas has been promoted from senior litigation adviser, Sharon Denby has been promoted from senior associate and head of employment liability, while personal injury and road traffic accident specialist Rachel Flannigan has been promoted from associate.

Eversheds has appointed pensions lawyer François Barker as a partner and Birmingham head of pensions. Barker joins from Squire Sanders Hammonds, where he was a partner and practice group leader for the pensions team.


Simpson Millar has hired medical negligence litigation specialist Cathie Delaney

to bolster its presence in Sheffield. Delaney joins as a partner after 17 years with Irwin Mitchell.

Yorkshire-based Gordons has strengthened its commercial property team with solicitors Tom Castle and Kate Johnson. Castle joins after working at Nabarro and Herbert Smith, while Johnson spent 14 years at Eversheds.

Stewarts Law has recruited two solicitors into its commercial litigation team in Leeds.

Tom Matusiak, a solicitor advocate, joins as an associate from Shepherd & Wedderburn.

Stuart Carson, an assistant solicitor, comes from an in-house position at GDF Suez in Leeds.

Leeds-based Blacks has promoted two ­associates to its partnership. Asad Ali joined Blacks in 2007, while Paul Kelly started his career with the firm in 2002.


Aberdeen’s Paull & Williamsons has welcomed back Jim Tierney as a consultant

to its dispute resolution and health, safety and environmental divisions following 11

years serving as a sheriff. Tierney will advise on health and safety and dispute resolution.

He was previously head of litigation at the firm.


Mason Hayes & Curran has appointed Peggy Hughes as a partner and head of its ­pensions team. Prior to joining the firm, Hughes worked in the specialist pensions group at William Fry.

The Brussels office of Hunton & Williams has appointed Wim Nauwelaerts as local managing partner. He replaces Michael Rosenthal, who quit the firm for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in September.


K&L Gates has added Christian Lucky as a corporate partner in Spokane. Lucky joins

from Stoel Rives, where he was an associate.

The Dallas office of K&L Gates has made Jason Krieser and Shawn Helms partners in its outsourcing and commercial transactions practice. Both join from Jones Day.

Arturo Valenzuela has joined Covington & Burling’s Washington DC office as a senior adviser for Latin America. He was previously US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Morgan Lewis has added Margaret Wilson as a partner in its tax practice in Princeton and New York. She was previously a partner at McDermott Will & Emery.

Proskauer Rose has boosted its finance group and corporate department with partner Andrew Bettwy and senior counsel Glen Lim.

Both previously worked in Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s banking practice.

Litigator Patrick Ryan has joined Morgan Lewis as a partner in San Francisco from

Winston & Strawn, where he was also a partner.


Appleby has appointed Janet Naylor as global director of HR for the group. Naylor

joins from Environmental Resources ­Management, where she served as HR director, UK and Ireland.

The Bar

Hailsham Chambers has welcomed a new tenant in the shape of Simon Howarth,

who joins after 19 years with Crown Office Chambers. Howarth was called to the bar

in 1991.