On the move

KPMG has appointed Clifford Chance associate Misha Patel as assistant general counsel.

Misha Patel
Misha Patel

Move of the week

Patel was a corporate finance lawyer at the magic circle firm, working from its London and Dubai offices. She will report directly to KPMG general counsel Vanessa Sharp and will work with the accountancy firm’s office of general counsel team, based in London. Sharp said: “We’re very pleased to welcome someone of Misha’s undoubted talent and potential to our team. KPMG is expanding as a global network and has ambitious plans for the future so her experience, expertise and engaging personality will be a valuable asset to our team and to the firm.”




Weightmans has hired Reynolds Porter Chamberlain partner Dominic Dennis-Browne as a partner in its London professional risk team.

Hogan Lovells antitrust compliance co-head Suzanne Rab has joined King & Spalding as a partner in its London competition team.

Taylor Wessing has hired Addleshaw Goddard managing associate Niki Walker as

a partner in its employment and pensions practice.

Osborne Clarke has boosted its London digital business offering with the hire of Olswang associate Jas Purewal. He will develop the firm’s interactive entertainment practice alongside partner Paul Gardner.

Mayfair firm Gordon Dadds has recruited Starr & Partners partner Michael Farrelly

as a partner and head of its employment group. The firm has also appointed Naim

Qureshi as a partner in its family department. Qureshi joins from Healys, where he was also a partner.

Greenwoods has boosted its business defence team with the promotion of Robert

Starr to associate director.


Manches Thames Valley has brought in ­Shoosmiths partner Eugene Wojciechowski, who will lead the Reading-based employment team.

Bond Pearce has strengthened its competition practice with a pair of appointments. Matthew Giles has joined as a senior associate from Hogan Lovells, while Victoria Marsh has joined as a senior consultant. Marsh was previously a principal lawyer in the competition, regulatory and wholesale legal team at Royal Mail Group.


DWF has strengthened its Manchester private client practice with the acquisition

of niche firm Lane-Smith & Shindler. The 11-strong team making the transition is

led by founding partner Geoffrey Shindler and partner Paul Davies.

Watson Burton partner and sports law specialist John Devine has joined North East

firm Muckle as head of its charities and sports practice.

DLA Piper has grown its Manchester asset finance team with the hire of Alan Cunningham as a partner. Cunningham joins from DWF, where he had held the positions of asset finance head and banking and finance head.

JMW has unveiled a brace of partner-level appointments. Pinsent Masons partner

Chris Moss has joined as a partner to lead its corporate arm, while Nexus head of

employment Carl Moran has also joined the Manchester firm. The employment group

has been further strengthened with the arrival of associate Laura Skelly from

Dickinson Dees.



Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran has grown its EU, competition and antitrust practice with the appointment of Niall Collins as a senior associate. Collins joins from Latham & Watkins, where he was a member of the global antitrust and competition practice. He was previously a member of Ashurst’s competition team.

Schoenherr has hired M&A and equity

capital markets specialist Pawel Halwa from Salans as a local partner in its Warsaw corporate group.


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has beefed up its Hong Kong finance team with the recruitment of Howard Lam as a banking partner. Lam joins from magic circle rival Linklaters, where he was a counsel in the firm’s Hong Kong office.



Jones Day has raided Winston & Strawn for a pair of hires in a boost to its energy

practice. Gerald Farano, head of the Washington DC corporate group at his previous firm, has joined as a partner along with of counsel Danielle Varnell.

The bar

Carey Olsen senior associate David Crosland has been called to the Guernsey Bar after passing the bar exams to become an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey.