On the move

Michelmores has recruited Philip ­Wolfgang as a partner and head of its ­agriculture and rural business.

Philip Wolfgang
Philip Wolfgang

Wolfgang joins from fellow South West firm Foot Anstey, where he was lead partner in its Exeter-based rural business team. He will advise Michelmores’ base of landed clients while building a team to focus on emerging rural businesses and farm ­diversification enterprises. Wolfgang commented: “I aim to grow a team that recognises the range of issues and ­opportunities that prevail in rural communities and that everyone involved in the countryside has a ­responsibility to ­protect our precious natural assets.”



McClure Naismith has expanded its London office with the appointment of Clare Hughes as an associate. Hughes, who trained as a barrister, spent several years as a consumer lawyer at the OFT before moving into private practice.


West Midlands firm FBC Manby Bowdler has named Niall Blackie as its senior partner. Blackie will take over from outgoing senior partner Gavin Southall when he retires from the partnership to become a consultant next March. Meanwhile, James Sage has become corporate head, also taking over from Southall.



Manchester firm Pannone has hired senior associate Julie Robertson to lead its

road traffic and transport team. A former ­barrister, Robertson qualified as a solicitor

in 2007 and joins from Wigan firm Stephensons Solicitors.

Manchester’s Glaisyers Solicitors has bolstered its corporate and commercial

department with the recruitment of James Hulsken as an associate. He was previously

an associate at St Albans firm Sherrards Solicitors.

Newcastle firm Crutes has taken on Paul Appleton as a trainee and made two further appointments to its back-office function. Helen Gray joins as a marketing executive from Fone Logistics, while administrative assistant Emma Gordon has also joined the firm.


Burness has hired Tony Byrne as a new partner in its Glasgow corporate finance group. Byrne joins from Morton Fraser, which he joined in April, having previously spent 11 years at Dickson Minto. This is the first of a number of appointments the Scottish firm expects to make in the coming months.


Clifford Chance Milan-based counsel Richard Hamilton has joined the capital markets group at Italian firm Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners as a partner.

K&L Gates’ Moscow office has hired Georgy Borisov as a corporate partner. Borisov, previously a counsel with Latham & Watkins, is the first partner to join the firm’s Moscow office since it was established earlier this year.


Dickstein Shapiro has expanded its M&A and private equity practices with the arrival of five partners and seven associates from Edwards Angell Palmers & Dodge to work across its offices in New York and Stamford, Connecticut. The partners are Thomas Freed, John Flattery, Christopher Cerrito and Evan Seideman on the corporate side, along with private equity specialist Martin Clarke.

Jones Day has recruited Weil Gotshal & Manges partner Boris Dolgonos as a partner

in its New York capital markets practice.

Duane Morris has strengthened its IP and pharmaceuticals offerings in Pittsburgh and Washington DC with a trio of hires. Andrew Kozusko, previously in-house lawyer at drug company Mylan, has joined as special counsel in Pittsburgh, while associates Kristina Cagiano and Aaron Lukas have added their expertise to the DC practice.

The Bar

Blackstone Chambers’ Tim Otty QC has been named as a member of the Government’s newly established Human Rights Advisory Group. Otty is one of two lawyers in the group, set up by foreign secretary Willam Hague. Leigh Day

& Co partner Sapna Malik has also been invited to take part.

Exchange Chambers has expanded its Manchester and Leeds offerings, with three

barristers joining the set. In Leeds commercial barrister Lisa Linklater has joined from

Chancery House Chambers. Meanwhile, criminal ­barristers Alaric Bassano and

Benjamin Myers have joined in Manchester from 9 St John Street and Young Street

Chambers respectively.