Moves 23 September

Move of the week


SGH Martineau has appointed a new managing partner. Emma Shipp will take over from Bill Barker, who was re-appointed to lead the integration process following the firm’s merger with Sprecher Grier Halberstam in 2011. Qualifying in 1990, Shipp became a partner in the firm’s corporate department in 1993. She has a wealth of experience as a negotiator in mergers and acquisitions, disposals and corporate finance as well as corporate mandates in education.



HowardKennedyFSI has appointed partner Ian Reid, who will head the newly merged firm’s construction department. Reid, who moved to Australia in 2011, is a qualified England and Wales solicitor and has been practising as a senior overseas legal adviser at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Brisbane. Prior to his move, Reid spent four years as a partner at Speechly Bircham in London. He practises an equal mixture of both contentious and non-contentious construction work. 


Devonshires Solicitors has added partner Neil Toner to its property, development and projects team. He comes from Lewis Silkin , where he was a partner.



Howes Percival has added IP and IT solicitor Michael Gromett, an expert in non-contentious intellectual property and information technology matters, to its Leicester office from Shakespeares . Gromett has experience in advising clients on the protection, exploitation and management of intellectual property matters.

Shropshire and Hereford firm Lanyon Bowdler is pleased to announce the promotion of three associate solicitors to the role of partner. Praveen Chaudhari, Lucy Small and Andrew Pegg now bring the total number of partners at the firm to 23. Chaudhari joined the firm in 2006 and he was promoted to the position of associate in 2011. Bowdler qualified in 1995 and joined Lanyon Bowdler from Harrison Clark in 2010. Pegg joined the firm as a trainee solicitor in 2001 and he was appointed to the position of associate in 2011.


Hilary Meredith Solicitors has appointed military specialist Grant Evatt as a partner. Evatt will be based in the firm’s London office and joins Hilary Meredith from Blake Lapthorn , where he was a senior solicitor. He advises on a wide range of personal injury claims, with a particular expertise and interest in serious work accident claims and those involving members of the Armed Forces, together with advice on the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS).


In Brussells, Georg Berrisch has joined Baker Botts as a partner. He is known for defending the interests and rights of clients and for developing effective legal and political strategies in complex contentious proceedings before the European Commission and other EU institutions, in particular the Court of Justice and the General Court of the EU. Prior to joining Baker Botts, Berrisch was a partner at Covington & Burling .

In Paris, Field Fisher Waterhouse has hired partner Nathalie Hadjadj-Cazier from Winston & Strawn , Paris, where she was a partner. Hadjadj-Cazier specialises in strategic IP advice around the registration and defence of IP rights.

Middle East

Shearman & Sterling has appointed a new Middle East managing partner. Marwan Elaraby, a former capital markets partner in the firm’s New York office, served most recently as managing director at Citadel Capital, a Middle East and African private equity firm. He will be based in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office, where he previously worked as a project development and finance associate from 1996 to 1998.

Asia Pacific

Sidley Austin has hired a team of three lawyers from the Singapore office Clifford Chance . The team include counsel Josephine Law, senior associate Joel Seow and associate Reina Chua. They all focus on investment funds practice. They previously worked with Sidley Austin partner Han Ming Ho, who joined the firm from Clifford Chance in March 2013.


Corrs Chambers Westgarth has added three partners in Sydney and Melbourne. It has hired finance partner Alex Regan in Sydney, who was formerly a partner of King & Wood Mallesons , and took construction and projects duo Andrew Stephenson and Michael Earwaker from the Melbourne office of Clayton Utz . Prior to joining legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques as a partner in 2008, Regan was a partner in Paul Hastings ’ Hong Kong office and had previously worked in Shearman & Sterling for nine years. Stephenson was head of Clayton Utz’s construction and international arbitration groups, while Earwaker was a partner of that group.

Gadens has appointed corporate and M&A lawyer David Perks as a partner in Perth. Perks was formerly a partner at King & Wood Mallesons and focuses on energy, resources and projects.
He has experience advising some of the world’s leading mining companies including BHP Billiton, CITIC Resources, Goldcorp and Focus Minerals. 

Australian firms Henry Davis York and Kemp Strang have both hired partners from Ashurst Australia. M&A partner Jason Lambeth is leaving the firm to join Sydney-based Kemp Strang, while commercial and construction partners Graham Read and Kevin Arkwright have recently joined Henry Davis York’s Sydney office.


Harneys has hired senior associate Remo Dalimonthee. Dalimonthee, who has been Cayman-qualified since 2003 and worked at Solomon Harris from 2004 to 2013, focuses his practice on investment funds and has extensive onshore and offshore experience in international capital markets, banking and structured finance (including repackagings and CLOs/CDOs). 

Prize winner

Congratulations to Graham Denny, from Holman Fenwick Willan , who has won an iPad after taking part in The Lawyer UK Associates survey.