Allen & Overy has promoted three lawyers in Asia. James Grandolfo becomes a consultant in Hong Kong, while Simon Irvine and Ban Leong Oo become consultants in Singapore.
Higgs Sons has hired Kelly Davies as an assistant in the family team from Spicketts.

Clifford Chance has appointed civil law notary Tom van Duuren as a partner in Amsterdam. He is moving his existing practice across to the firm.

Niche aviation firm Clark Ricketts has promoted Vaughan Crossley to the partnership.

Criminal defence barrister Dean Armstrong has joined the chambers of David Waters QC at 2 Hare Court, moving from 6 King’s Bench Walk.

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired Mark Plenderleith as a senior attorney in Japan. He joins from Ashurst, where he was an associate.

Watson Burton has hired Chris Storey as a property partner from Eversheds.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has appointed Joseph Simei as a special counsel in Washington DC. He joins from Latham & Watkins.

US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has appointed Mary Murphy as a partner in its San Francisco office from Farella Braun & Martel.

Bristol firm Veale Wasbrough has promoted Michelle Bendall, Doug Locke and Barney Northover to the partnership.

Manchester firm Turner Parkinson has promoted Sarah Turner and Martin Karran to the partnership. Sarah Slater, David Reilly and Victoria Brandon have also been made associates.

Rollits hired Richard Stirk as a senior solicitor from the College of Law in York and solicitor Alison Barr from Pinsent Masons in Manchester.

Clayton Utz partner Jim FitzSimons has been appointed president of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He takes over from Indonesian firm Soebagjo Jatim Djarot’s Felix O Soebagjo.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has promoted product liability specialist Mark Kendall to the partnership. Kendall joined RPC in 2000 from Davies Arnold Cooper.

Keeble Hawson has appointed Rupert Nevin as a partner in the litigation team. Nevin was formerly head of regulatory law at Gordons.

Taylor Wessing‘s French office has hired two LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae assistants. Jérôme Lemercier and Julien Andrez join the corporate and litigation teams respectively.

Ashfords has promoted partner Andrew Betteridge to head its corporate finance team.

Allens Arthur Robinson has elected six to the partnership, effective from 1 July. They are: Robert Clarke in Singapore; Stephen McComish and Kim Reid in Perth; Victoria Poole and Matthew Skinner in Sydney; and Ben Zillmann in Brisbane.