People moves

Sir David Keene, a retired Lord Justice of Appeal, has been appointed to the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel.

Sir David Keene
Sir David Keene

Move of the week

  • He replaces Sir Paul Kennedy as the judicial member of the independent panel, which assesses applicants for the position of Queen’s Counsel. The award of Queen’s Counsel is given to those who demonstrate excellence in advocacy in the higher courts, following objective assessment by the panel. In 2000 Keene was appointed to the Court of Appeal, from which he retired in 2009.




  • Rebecca Cifelli has joined the project finance practice at Lovells as an associate. She was ­previously an associate at Blake Dawson.
  • Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has added new senior associate Andy McGregor to its ­commercial disputes group. McGregor joins the firm from Ashurst, where he worked for six years.
  • Dechert has announced that Martin Day, ­former joint head of the investment ­management practice of Linklaters, has joined its London office to provide consultancy to its ­financial services practice.
  • Maclay Murray & Spens has strengthened its EU, competition and regulatory team with a ­senior appointment to its London office. William Sprigge joins the firm from the Postal Services Commission, where he was legal director.
  • Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has announced that Jennifer Donohue, an insurance and reinsurance lawyer, will join the firm as a partner in the corporate department of its ­London office. Donohue, the former head of the insurance and reinsurance group at Simmons & Simmons, concentrates her practice in corporate insurance and reinsurance matters, and ­insurance regulation.



  • Battens has confirmed the appointment of four new directors, including Robert Randall, a wills and probate specialist and fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives. Randall joined the firm nearly 40 years ago. Also appointed as a director is James Owen, who returns to ­Battens, the firm with which he started his legal career in 2007 to head up the agricultural team. ­Employment solicitor Maeve Vickery has also been promoted as well as litigator Gareth Jones.



  • Birmingham law firm Anthony Collins ­Solicitors has appointed Jane Trevithick and Chris Plumley as joint head of property and head of the local government department respectively. ­Trevithick joins from Cobbetts, where she was a partner, while Plumley was an associate at Mills & Reeve.
  • Rothera Dowson has announced that one of its lawyers, Daniel Harley, has been elected as the national representative of the Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) of the Law ­Society. The JLD is a division of the Law Society which represents student members enrolled through the Solicitors Regulation Authority, trainees and solicitors with up to five years’ active practice.



  • Caroline Elwood will be retiring as legal ­director, returning officer and monitoring officer of Sefton Council on 31 March 2010. Having started her career at Sefton Council, she was ­previously head of legal services at Vale Royal Borough Council in Cheshire and director of ­corporate services and deputy chief executive of Preston City Council.
  • Harrison Drury has expanded its private client department after appointing new specialist ­solicitor Rachel Conroy. She has joined the wills, probate and trusts team from Smith Sutcliffe.
  • Scott Rees & Co has strengthened its practice management team with the appointment of its first compliance officer Tracy Keevil. She joins the firm after working as a customer relations ­manager at AI Claims Solutions in Blackpool, and before that as a claims quality manager for Admiral Insurance.


  • HBJ Gateley Wareing has appointed two real estate specialists to its Edinburgh office. Senior associate Alastair Cowan and associate Simon Dawes have both joined the firm from Dickson Minto. The pair have experience in investment purchases, asset management and security work.


  • Ilona Zekely, formerly managing partner of Schoenherr in the Ukraine, has joined ­Magisters as partner and head of its German desk. Zekely will be based in Kiev and has ­experience in corporate law, M&A, investment structuring issues, oil and gas and real estate.
  • Norton Rose has announced that Oliver Sutter has joined its banking department as a partner in its Frankfurt office. He joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was of counsel. Principal associate Nadine Bourgeois, also from Freshfields, will join the Norton Rose banking team as senior associate at the end of March 2010.
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has announced that Andrés Font Galarza has joined the firm as a ­partner in its Brussels office. Galarza, a former senior official in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition, joins the firm from Mayer Brown.



  • The Orange County office of K&L Gates has taken on Stephen Freeman and Gregory Hartker as partners in its tax practice. Both join K&L Gates from Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, where they were partners.
  • The Pittsburgh office of K&L Gates has ­welcomed Terrence Murphy as a government affairs counsellor in the firm’s public policy and law practice. Murphy most recently served as president of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Maryland. An executive with Columbia Gas for nearly 30 years, Murphy has been an advocate and driving force for collaborative policy ­development within the utility industry.
  • Arnold & Porter has strengthened its white collar criminal defence practice with the addition of two partners, John Nassikas and Baruch Weiss, and counsel Laura Lester, all of whom have joined the firm in Washington DC, from Arent Fox.
  • The Miami office of global law firm K&L Gates has taken on Robert Kritzman as a partner in its corporate practice. Kritzman joins from Epstein Becker & Green. His practice focuses on ­corporate, maritime and international law.



  • Ince & Co’s Singapore office has announced the arrival of partner Iain Anderson from its ­London base. He became a partner in 2007 and has been advising clients on contentious ­insurance and reinsurance issues. Denys Hickey, a partner with the firm in London since 1986, has also moved to the firm’s Singapore office. He has experience advising oil and gas traders.