Moves 25 Nov

Move of the week


Dentons’ former co-chief executive Howard Morris has joined Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) as head of business restructuring and insolvency in London. Morris, who practices in corporate recovery and insolvency, resigned from his post as global integration partner at Dentons earlier this year. His role at MoFo is a new one. 




Mayer Brown has continued to ramp up its London partnership with the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) employment partner Stefan Martin. Martin has been a partner with A&O for more than 13 years, advising financial institutions and corporates on employment issues. 


Partner Dhruti Thakrar has joined Edwin Coe from Vincent Buffoni & Co, where she was immigration practice head. She has joined Edwin Coe to establish its new immigration department.

Sullivan & Worcester has hired Mark Norris as a partner in its London office, focusing on structured export credit finance, structured trade and commodity finance in emerging markets, and acquisition finance. He joins the firm from Squire Sanders, where he was a partner.

Carey Olsen has hired partner Emma Russell. Russell is joining from King & Wood Mallesons
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where she was a senior associate, advising on a range of corporate finance deals including fund and property financing as well as acquisition and leveraged finance. She will be working in London as part of the corporate funds team managed from Guernsey. She is Scottish-qualified and has a wealth of offshore experience. She has worked in Dubai advising on Islamic finance, general finance and investment funds finance with Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law elements. 

Sackers has appointed Oliver Topping as a newly qualified associate. Topping joins Sackers from Slaughter and May, where he undertook his training contract. In his role at Sackers, Topping will advise trustees and employers on an extensive range of pensions issues, including the interpretation of pensions legislation and scheme rules.


Southampton-based Clarke Willmott has hired two solicitors to its corporate and commercial and employment teams. Rachel Allen joins as a commercial solicitor in the corporate and commercial team from Coffin Mew. She will be advising in the fields of commercial contracts, IT, business-to-business and business-to-consumer, e-commerce and web-enabled communications with suppliers. Zena Westerman also joins the firm, having trained and qualified at Joelson Wilson in London. She will be advising employers and senior employees on a range of employment law issues.

Irwin Mitchell has appointed partner James Davies to the serious injury team in its Bristol office. Davies joins Irwin Mitchell from Thompsons, where he was the firm’s national co-ordinator for serious injuries. He acts for people with serious injuries throughout the UK.

Stephens Scown has hired mental health law specialist Mostyn Evans. Evans, formerly a director with Cornish Venning, joins as a partner in the family law team. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in mental health law and is a long-time member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel.


Irwin Mitchell has hired partner Paula Myers as head of contentious probate. She joins the firm – to head up the specialist wills disputes team – from Ward Hadaway, where she was head of litigation for Leeds and Manchester.


DWF has appointed local government law and public procurement specialist Michael Mousdale, who joins as a partner. As a procurement specialist, Mousdale also advises on aspects including compliance, development of procurement strategies and on dialogue issues. He joins the Manchester office from Trowers & Hamlins, where he was a partner.

Taylor Bracewell has hired Rosemary Finn. She has joined the family law team in Sheffield as a senior solicitor and arrives from Andrew Isaacs, where she was an associate. Finn is a past chair of South Yorkshire branch of Resolution.

Mark Dakeyne has joined Emms Gilmore Liberson as a director from Bridgehouse Partners, where he was a partner.


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed another former Brussels chief as co-head of its antitrust, competition and trade (ACT) practice. Brussels-based competition chief David Broomhall took over on 1 November to lead the group with present co-head Martin Klusmann. He succeeds John Davies.

DLA Piper has boosted its Austria office with the hire of Nabucco International Gas Pipeline chief legal counsel Andreas Gunst. The in-house lawyer will join the energy team as a partner after four years as chief legal counsel and compliance officer at Nabucco, prior to which he was an associate at DLA Piper’s London and Edinburgh offices.

Dentons has elected another legacy Salans partner as its new European CEO after a partner vote, seven months after its tripartite merger went live. Dentons’ co-chair of European corporate, head of CEE and Warsaw managing partner Tomasz Dabrowski will take over from Dariusz Oleszczuk as CEO when the latter’s term ends at the end of the year. Oleszczuk will stay at the firm.

Asia Pacific

Société Générale has named Christopher Davies as its regional general counsel for Asia Pacific, as predecessor Mark Duncan is promoted to a role in the Paris headquarters. Davies joined Société Générale in 1997 and was group head of compliance based in Paris prior to this appointment. He has relocated to Hong Kong to undertake his new role. 


DLA Piper has named the new leadership line-up for its Australia projects group and its Asia Pacific banking and finance practice following a string of partner departures. The firm has promoted Melbourne partner John Gallagher, who presently leads the finance and projects team in the office, to national head of the practice. At the same time, partner Jane Hider is to take over the Melbourne head of finance and projects role.

The bar

Devereux Chambers has been joined by barrister John Townsend from Ofcom, where he was a senior associate. He has previously worked at the Competition Commissionand in the competition team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Brussels.