Moves: 25 February 2013


Move of the week

Litigation specialist Stewarts Law has appointed Philippa Charles to head up its new international arbitraton department. Charles joins from Mayer Brown, where she was a commercial dispute resolution and arbitration partner.



Litigation and arbitration firm Cooke Young & Keidan has hired senior associate Tina Asgarian.  Asgaria is a commercial litigator with a specialism in international cross-border litigation and joins from offshore firm Babbé.

Withers has appointed Philip Barth from Penningtons Solicitors, where he was a partner. Barth is head of immigration and will establish a European and Asian immigration practice at the firm’s London office.

Maples Teesdale has recruited Chad Sutton as planning partner. He joins from Trowers & Hamlins, where he was a senior associate.

Fladgate has appointed partner Charles Proctor from Edwards Wildman Palmer and associate Edward Morgan from Nabarro.

Associate Claudia Gilham has moved from Birmingham firm Anthony Collins’ corporate litigation team to its family law team.

Herbert Smith Freehills has hired business crime partner Rod Fletcher from Slaters & Gordon, where he was head of business crime and regulation. Fletcher will join Herbies’ dispute practice and lead its corporate crime and investigations team.

Pinsent Masons has hired four life sciences partners from Fasken Martineau. Group leader Paul Ranson will join partners Allistair Booth, Stuart Richards and Charles Waddell in the coming months.


Browne Jacobson has appointed partner Amanda Callaghan. Callaghan was previously a partner at Hempsons.

Slater & Gordon has appointed personal injury partner Laura Morgan. Morgan joines from Pannone, where she was a partner.



Heatons has appointed Andrew Langton as head of debt recovery from Leeds firm Drydensfairfax Solicitors, where he was a partner.

Brabners Chaffe Street has appointed two associates to its commercial team. Michael Winder joins the firm from working in-house for Cumbria County Council. Prior to that worked for Dickinson Dees. Hayley Hall joins from Shell.

Gordons has recruited Simon Robinson as an employment partner. He moves from Leeds firm Ford & Warren, where he was a partner.

Gordon Brown has recruited family partner Simon Dakers from Burnley’s Smith Sutcliffe, where he was head of family and litigation.

Walker Morris has hired Trudy Feaster-Gee as a partner. She was formerly at Lloyds Banking Group, where she was head of external competition engagement. It is the firm’s second regulatory specialist hiring in six months.


Julie Walker joins the catastrophic injury team at Nelsons as partner in Nottingham. She joins from Freeth Cartwright, where she was a partner.

Amanda Nudd and Rebecca Laws have been promoted by Fosters. They are now joint heads of residential at Fosters’ Norwich office. Both joined the practice in 2005.


The Brain Injury Group has appointed two new directors. Mark Beaumont joins from Just Costs Solicitors, where he was head of business development. Geoff Silva joins from How and Co, where was a senior associate.

Cripps Harries Hall has hired partner David Evans and associate Christopher Bains. The pair join the firm’s employment practice. Evans joins from Finers Stephens Innocent. He acts for a broad range of clients, particularly in the media and IT, retail, leisure, property and financial services sectors. Bains comes from the employment department of Thomas Eggar, where he advised on both contentious and non-contentious matters.


Watson, Farley & Williams has appointed a partner and two associates to its Munich employment law practice. Partner Anne Kleffemann joins the office from Heuking Kühn Lühr Wojtek. Associates Jan Beckmann and Andreas Wiegreffe join from Beckmann & Massmann and Glauber & Partner respectively.

Portugal’s PLMJ has hired German partnerVicente Voigt Oliveira from Görg Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten, where he was a founding partner.

Herbert Smith Freehills has hired a Gleiss Lutz partner to help launch its Frankfurt office. Ralf Thaeter specialises in domestic and cross-border M&A.


Littler Mendelson has appointed Huan Xiong as an associate in New York. Prior to joining Littler she was an associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Beijing.

K&L Gates has appointed corporate partner Charles Strauss to its new Houston office. Strauss leaves Fulbright & Jaworski, where he had been a partner for 22 years.

Christopher J Zdarsky  has joined Quarles & Brady as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group in the firm’s Chicago office. Prior to joining the firm Zdarsky was an assistant public defender for the Lake County Public Defender’s Office.

Hogan Lovells has appointed Scot Anderson and David Brody as partner and of counsel in its energy and natural resources practice in Denver. Anderson was previously at Davis Graham & Stubbs as a partner and Brody was a partner at Patton Boggs. Jennifer Biever has been promoted to partner in the same department.

K&L Gates has appointed two partners and eight associates to its Boston office. Partner Mark Johnson joins the firm’s corporate securities from Cooley while Paulo Marnoto joins as a private equity and fund formation partner from Ropes & Gray. Associates Damien Grierson and Joanna Lin both join from Cooley.

Asia Pacific

Norton Rose has hired Joanne Crew as a banking partner in Melbourne and promoted Jake Howard to partner. Howard has relocated from London to Perth and Crew joins from Herbert Smith Freehills, where she was partner. 

The bar

Former head of chambers at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Richard Spearman QC has followed scores of colleagues to 39 Essex Street.