Moves: 23 July 2012

Taylor Wessing has brought on partner Alix Prentice to its financial services regulatory team.

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Alix Prentice
Alix Prentice

Taylor Wessing has brought on partner Alix Prentice to its financial services regulatory team. Prentice, a specialist in financial services regulation and instruments, will focus on advising funds, investment managers, broker-dealers, investment banks and insurers on market regulation and trading issues. She joins from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft in London, where she was special counsel in the financial services group. She has also worked at the FSA.

has recruited four solicitors to its team. Employment specialist Ilana Swimer joins from Herbert Smith, where she was a senior associate, Caroline Ford and Marissa Jones were in-house legal advisers at Damavo UK and Honda Motor Europe respectively, and Helen Burness moves from a business development role with Hardwicke Chambers to a similar role at Halebury.

Boutique international law firm Burlingtons Legal has appointed solicitor Richard Berry to the employment and litigation team from Partners Employment Lawyers.

Specialist employment firm GQ Employment Law has taken partner Darren Isaacs from the London office of US firm Bryan Cave, where he was head of employment.

Berwin Leighton Paisner has hired senior associate Chris Webber, who specialises in banking and financial services litigation. He was previously a counsel at Bingham McCutchen.

Chris Agius

Chris Agius

Veale Wasbrough Vizards
has taken on former Bristol City Council in-house legal adviser Edward Reynolds as an associate in its procurement team covering the Bristol and London offices.

Cheltenham-based Harrison Clark has added two lawyers to its commercial and banking and finance teams. Matt Johnston joins as a senior associate from CMS Cameron McKenna, where he was a senior associate in the technology/commercial team, and partner Chris Agius moves from Hugh James.

Former DLA Piper senior associate Andrew Whalley has joined DWF in Liverpool as a litigation partner in its outsourcing and technology sector group.

Claire Smith
Claire Smith

Claire Smith has been promoted to the partnership at Manchester-based Davis Blank Furniss in the firm’s dispute resolution department.

Manchester firm George Davies has added newly qualified solicitor Laurie Kershaw to its dispute resolution team from Chafes in Wilmslow; employment law paralegal Sheena Subherwal joins from Addleshaw Goddard; Chloe Shaw joins from Linder Myers as a paralegal in the debt recoveryteam; and Patricia Taylor joins as a secretary in the private client team.

Clarke Willmott has appointed partner Ed Foulkes to its corporate team in Manchester, He joins from Lockett Loveday McMahon, where he was a partner. The firm has also increased its private client team, promoting David Maddock to partner, and hired senior associate Russell Rollings from Burges Salmon, solicitor Dawn Shewell from Wilsons and solicitor Frances Lipman from the Disability Law Centre.

Yorkshire-based regulatory solicitor Lyn Dario has joined Shulmans in Leeds as an associate from Nabarro in Sheffield, where she was a senior associate.

Simpson Millar has hired partner Kate Virica as head of its Gateshead office from Browell Smith & Co, where she was a solicitor.

Balfour & Manson
has appointed David Short, formerly managing partner at Lawford Kidd, as a partner specialising in personal injury.

French firm Lefevre Pelletier has recruited Xavier Pican as partner in charge of IP and IT from the same role with Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent.

Ashurst Australia
has promoted two senior associates to its partnership – Rebecca Field in its Perth-based project team and Alice Muhlebach in the competition team in Melbourne.

Linklaters has added to its competition team with two new hires in Beijing. Fay Zhou joins as a counsel from an associate position with O’Melveny & Myers and associate Nancy Chang moves from Mayer Brown, where she was an associate.

Conyers Dill & Pearman has promoted three lawyers. Bernadette Chen has been made partner in the Hong Kong corporate team, while Karen Corless and Jason Piney have been made directors in the Bermuda corporate and private client teams.

Mayer Brown JSM has hired two corporate partners for its Beijing office. Henry Wang was managing partner of the Dechert Beijing office and Billy Au was a counsel in the Hong Kong office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Bingham McCutchen
has added Fred Gallo as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice group. He joins from the New York office of Katten Muchin Rosenman, where he was also a partner.

Michael Petty has joined the FDA and life sciences practice of King & Spalding in Washington from Amgen, where he was vice-president of development and regulatory law.

The bar
Barrister Rodney Ferm has joined the family and civil law team at Leeds-based Broadway House Chambers from city rivals 39 Park Square Chambers.

Outer Temple has hired employment and discrimination law specialist barristers James Arnold from Five Essex Court and Samantha Cooper from Fenners Chambers, Cambridge.

Liberty Global
has promoted Jeremy Evans to deputy general counsel. He was previously head counsel.