On the move

Ashurst is set to lose heavyweight City projects partner John Inglis to US firm Shearman & Sterling’s energy and resources practice.

Christophe Asselineau
Christophe Asselineau

Move of the week

Inglis, who has a sizeable Middle East and Asia projects practice, is set to join Shearman’s London office after five years as a partner at the UK firm. The hire follows Shearman’s appointment of Paris projects partner Christophe Asselineau (pictured) from Simmons & Simmons last April. It also comes after projects partner and former London chief Kenneth MacRitchie left Shearman for UK Green Investments in December.



Pensions boutique Sacker & Partners has promoted Caroline Legg from associate director to partner.

TLT has appointed specialist retail financial services and consumer credit partner Clare Hughes as head of financial services regulation. Hughes joins TLT’s City office from McClure Naismith’s London office, where she was a senior associate.

Berwin Leighton Paisner has added senior associates Amy Lindemann and Adam Longney
to its asset finance practice. They join from Norton Rose, where they were both senior associates.

Covington & Burling has hired Rabie Masri as a corporate associate for its City office from Baker Botts, where he held the same role.

Fladgate has brought in Gary Smith as a partner from Osborne Clarke. The real estate finance lawyer was a senior associate at his old firm.

Addleshaw Goddard has raided US firm Chadbourne & Parke for insurance disputes partner Mark Pring.

SJ Berwin has hired Stuart Jordan as a partner in its City construction practice. He joins from Greenberg Traurig Maher,where he was also a partner.

Litigation firm Stewarts Law has expanded its employment practice with the appointment of Russell Jones & Walker
partner Arpita Dutt. Dutt focuses on discrimination and whistle-blowing cases and was one of a handful of employment lawyers listed in The Lawyer Hot 100 2011.


Watson Burton has boosted its commercial litigation group with the appointment of associate Gavin Winter. He joins from Sintons, where he was also an associate.


Weightmans has added Simon Taylor as a partner in its Birmingham-based disease and commercial insurance team. He joins from Keoghs, where he was an associate.


Southampton-based Eric Robinson Solicitors has promoted two lawyers to its partnership. Jennie Swaby, who joined the firm in 2006, has made partner in the childcare practice, while Paul Sams, who joined the firm four years ago, becomes a partner in the conveyancing team.

Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall has added partner Alex Davies and solicitor Benjamin Carter to its family practice. Davies, who will head the team, joins from TWM, where he was a partner. Carter was a partner at West London firm Owen White & Catlin.

South East

Manches’ Thames Valley office has appointed Rich Eldridge to the position of head of finance. He joins from Blake Lapthorn, where he was a partner.


August & Debouzy has promoted Julien Aucomte to partner. Aucomte, who joined the firm as an associate in 2007 and who was then promoted to counsel two years later, is a corporate lawyer.


Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired Eric Schwartzman as a partner in its Silicon Valley office. He joins from Latham & Watkins, where he was a partner and former co-chair of the firm’s New York corporate department.

Proskauer Rose has added Helene Jaffe as a partner in New York and co-head of its antitrust practice. She joins from Weil Gotshal & Manges, where she was global co-head of antitrust.

DLA Piper has hired a five-partner corporate and IP team from Reed Smith for its Silicon Valley office. Partners Armando Castro, Matt Oshinsky and Rich Scudellari all join DLA Piper’s corporate and securities group, while David Lisi joins the litigation practice and Craig Opperman the IP group.

Middle East

Clyde & Co has scooped Trowers & Hamlins partner Adrian Creed for its Middle East project finance practice. Creed joins Clydes’ Abu Dhabi office after formerly leading Trowers’ Saudi Arabia practice. He has acted for clients including Saudi Binladin Group and Etihad Etisalat. He was also a key player in Trowers’ Syrian and Libyan practices.

The bar

20 Essex Street has announced the arrivals of Stephen Atherton QC and Blair Leahy. Atherton’s practice focuses on offshore work, while Leahy focuses on corporate recovery and insolvency matters. Both Atherton and Leahy join from South Square.


London Capital Group (LCG) has brought in a group legal counsel from Axiom Legal. Martin Creek spent six years as a lawyer in Slaughter and May’s corporate practice before going in-house. He joins LCG after two years at Axiom.