People moves

Richard Cliff

Move of the week

Cliff’s arrival at Fasken ­strengthens its natural resources practice. He has a varied background, with particular expertise in corporate law, ­especially in the oil and gas sectors. Gary Howes, regional ­managing partner for Fasken in London, said: “We know he’ll make a terrific ­contribution to the growing ­expertise of the firm in the oil and gas sector. He’s extremely client-focused and we look forward to his contribution in the years ahead.”



-Founders Jon Gilligan and Paul Quain have announced the opening of GQ Employment Law, a niche law firm specialising only in ­employment law, with offices in London and Reading. Gilligan has worked for Linklaters, ­Pinsent Masons and in-house at RBS, while Quain has worked for Linklaters and Charles Russell and is also a qualified mediator.

-Richard Fisher has recently moved from Bond Pearce to become a partner at Williams Holden Cooklin Gibbons in the City. He specialises in commercial insurance and in professional indemnity disputes and was an associate at

Bond Pearce.

-Linklaters has announced the appointment of Moira Elms, who was global people and culture, brand and communications leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, to the advisory board of the Linklaters Law & Business School. The school was established in September 2008 to provide ongoing professional development for all people at the firm at every stage of their careers.


-David McDonnell has joined Hill Dickinson as a non-executive director. He is the current High Sheriff of Merseyside and former chief executive officer at Grant Thornton International.

-Halliwells has taken on partner Steve Hawkins to head its Sheffield office’s new planning team. He has more than 30 years’ experience in all aspects of planning law and has worked at Rollits in Hull and Gordons in Leeds for the past 18 years.

-Blacks Solicitors has made a series of strategic appointments across its employment, residential property and litigation departments. Richard Parr joins as a partner in the ­employment team from Brooke North, where he was formerly head of employment. Adrian Czajkowski joins the litigation team as a legal executive after two years with Leeds-based Kelly & Co, where he was head of litigation. Tom Moyes has qualified into the firm’s employment team, while Samantha Fitzgerald and Steven McMaster have qualified in the residential ­property department.


-Legal director James Crellin has joined the Birmingham office of DLA Piper. Crellin, who specialises in real estate finance, joins from Eversheds, where he was an associate. In ­addition Peter Mitchell has qualified into the firm’s Birmingham office.

-Harrison Clark has appointed private equity and M&A partner Richard Wilkey. He joins the firm from DLA Piper in Birmingham, where he spent six years as an associate after training at Eversheds.



-A solicitor at Leo Abse & Cohen’s

Newport office, Rhodri Williams, has been appointed to the Law Society’s clinical ­negligence panel.


IP lawyer Laurence Julien-Raes has joined DLA Piper in Paris to head the firm’s newly created Europe, Middle East and Africa trademarks department. Prior to joining the firm she was head of the legal and trademarks department at patent and trademark firm Santarelli, which she joined in 1979.



-Walkers has announced the appointment of Alexandra Corner as head of its Jersey finance and corporate group. Corner, who is a Jersey solicitor, has been working in the finance and corporate department of Walkers’ London office since 2006, with a principal focus on Jersey and Cayman Islands structured and asset finance and capital markets work.

-Neil Lupton has joined Walkers as a partner in the insolvency and corporate restructuring group, based in the Cayman Islands. He specialises in complex restructuring work, contentious and non-contentious insolvencies and distressed situations. Lupton joins Walkers from Walker Morris, where he was a partner in the finance group.


-Shearman & Sterling has bolstered its Abu Dhabi office with the relocation of London partner Ian Nisse to the Middle East. Nisse has been ­splitting his time between London and the Middle East for much of the past year and has now ­officially relocated to Abu Dhabi. He will maintain his role as global property group co-leader and co-head of the firm’s Middle East and North Africa initiative and will add to these duties as the new deputy office managing partner in Abu Dhabi.

-Walkers has expanded its operations in ­Singapore with the relocation of finance partner David Collins from its Cayman Islands office. Taken on as an attorney in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman, Collins joined Walkers in 2002 and became a partner in the corporate and international finance group in 2008.



-McDermott Will & Emery has taken on Blake Winburne as a partner in its Houston energy and commodities advisory practice group. Joining Winburne at McDermott are partner Matt Archer and associates Brad Gathright and Kimberly Glasspool. All four were formerly in the Houston office of Baker Botts, where Winburne and Archer were partners.

-K&L Gates has hired Jahan Islami as a partner in its corporate practice. Islami joins from ­Akerman Senterfitt, where he was a partner.

-Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has announced that Brian Margolis has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in its corporate practice group. He was formerly a partner in ­WilmerHale’s New York corporate group.