On the move

Morgan Cole has snared Leo Abse & Cohen partner Claire Johnson to lead its ­private client offering in Wales.

Claire Johnson
Claire Johnson

Move of the week

Johnson was previously at Beachcroft in London before joining Leo Abse in 2004. She is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a Mencap-approved expert on legal issues affecting older clients. Morgan Cole ­chairman Robin Havard said: “With a wealth of experience, Claire’s a welcome addition to the team as we look to further develop our private client portfolio in Wales. Her specific knowledge of tax planning will further ­complement the expertise of our private client team.”



Salans has hired Dan Larkin to lead its global hospitality group in London. Larkin has joined from Squire Sanders Hammonds legacy firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey, where he was the co-head of the European real estate finance ­practice.

Winston & Strawn has boosted its London IP offering with a double swoop from ­Taylor ­Wessing. Richard Price and Gareth ­Morgan were both partners at the City firm.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has hired Mayer Brown senior associate Stephen Smith as a partner in its City competition practice. Smith previously worked in the London and Brussels offices of Slaughter and May and at Ofcom.

Linklaters managing associate Digby Hebbard has joined Trowers & Hamlins as a partner in its projects and construction group. Hebbard led the construction disputes practice at Linklaters.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate Andrew Fleetwood has moved to Eversheds as a senior associate in the real estate group.

Kingsley Napley has hired Butcher Burns associate Lucy Thomas as a senior associate in its dispute resolution practice. Thomas is the fourth lawyer to join the team in the past six months.

Rosenblatt Solicitors has hired Hamilton Forrest as a partner in its tax practice. Forrest joins from Fladgate, where he was a partner. He previously practised at CMS Cameron McKenna.


Oxford firm Henmans has made two ­appointments. George Awty has joined as a ­partner in the agricultural property team from Speechly Bircham, while assistant Kylie Morsley has joined from Thomas Eggar and will work in the employment group.

Hertfordshire firm Debenhams Ottaway has promoted Claire Sharp to partner in its trusts, tax planning, wills and probate ­department.


Bury firm Clough & Willis has named head of commercial property Paul Breedon as its new senior partner. Breedon will take over ­immediately and succeeds Richard Rouse, who passed away in September.

Howes Percival has made a trio of ­appointments in its Manchester office. Vicki Bates joins from Berg Legal as an associate in the commercial litigation and insolvency group; Karyn Coburn has left the Insolvency and Trustee Service in Australia to join Howes ­Percival’s insolvency team as an assistant; and assistant Danielle Haston joins from Farleys Solicitors.


HBJ Gateley Wareing has built up its ­Edinburgh offering with the hire of Shepherd

& Wedderburn partner Kim Pattullo.


Clifford Chance associate Nicholas Lasagna has joined Latham & Watkins’ Milan office as a counsel in its banking and finance department.

Herbert Smith senior associate Alexander Tsakoev has joined Norton Rose’s Moscow office as a partner in its banking group.


Jones Day has appointed banking partner Sushma Jobanputra as partner in charge of its Singapore office. Jobanputra joined the US firm in 2008, ­having previously been a partner at ­Linklaters in London.



K&L Gates has bolstered its California ­offering with the hire of Latham & Watkins ­partner David Allen as a partner in its Orange County ­corporate group. Allen focuses on the life ­sciences, gaming and hospitality sectors.

The Bar

Stone Chambers has welcomed Liisa Lahti

as a tenant following the completion of her ­pupillage. Lahti spent two years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining the bar.