People moves

Penningtons has hired Wedlake Bell partner Julian Yew as a partner in its London employment team.

Julian Yew
Julian Yew

Move of the week

Yew will work alongside employment group head Jon Heuvel as the firm looks to expand its hotels and leisure offering. His previous experience has seen him act on large restructuring and change programmes, as well as advise senior ­executives on career moves. He also represented a magic circle partner on a six-figure sexual discrimination settlement in 2009. Speaking of the new hire, Heuvel said: “Yew has an excellent reputation and is an important addition to our team, complementing our existing capabilities and allowing us to strengthen our hotels and leisure portfolio.”



Vinson & Elkins has strengthened its international dispute resolution practice in

London with two new hires. Barrister Nick Roberts has joined from Holman Fenwick Willan, while Susanna Fidoe has joined as an associate from Pinsent Masons.

Wealth advice boutique Berkeley Law has hired the former head of the English private client team at Maclay Murray & Spens Barry Adamson. Berkeley Law was launched in the summer and provides specialist advice to high-net-worth individuals in the UK and abroad.


Boyes Turner has brought in the former ­senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ ­Reading office to work in an advisory capacity at the South East firm. Smith retired from the accountancy firm last year before taking up the part-time position at Boyes Turner.

BPE Solicitors has boosted its private client offering with the hire of Peter Tyrrell as

a solicitor. Tyrrell joins from Harrison Clark Solicitors in Worcester, where he was also a solicitor. Meanwhile, the Cheltenham firm has confirmed the promotion of associate John Turnbull to partner in the employment team.


Three trainees at West Midlands firm FBC Manby Bowdler have qualified as solicitors.

The trio is made up of David Preece in the corporate department, Kimberly Angus in

litigation and Lara Wilkes in the personal injury team.


North East firm Muckle has recruited two assistant solicitors, both of whom are

moving after completing training contracts at Pinsent Masons. Jim Pearson joins the

commercial practice, while Steven Greenwood will work in the corporate finance team. In addition, the firm has taken on four new trainees in the shape of Gary Crawford, Nicola Barnett, Natalie Starkie and Stacey Morland.

DWF has appointed Graham Ball to head its private client team. He joins from Arbuthnot Latham Private Bank, where he was regional associate director, having previously spent 20 years at NatWest.



DLA Piper has hired Allen & Overy senior associate Gábor Borbély to lead its Budapest finance and projects practice. Borbély’s expertise lies in advising on real estate, energy and ­infrastructure matters in Hungary and Romania.

Beiten Burkhardt has strengthened its Frankfurt corporate and employment offerings with a trio of recruits, all from Sibeth. The firm has recruited equity partner Detlef Koch and associate Gesine Wolf-Zimper into its corporate team, while Frank Lenzen joins the employment group as a salaried partner. All three will take up their new roles at the start of 2011.


Bingham McCutchen has grown its Hong Kong financial services practice with the

addition of three partners. Vincent Sum has joined from Hogan Lovells, where he led the Hong Kong debt capital markets team. Partners Mark Fucci and Laurence Isaacson have also joined the Hong Kong office, transferring from Bingham’s New York and Tokyo offices respectively.


Richards Kibbe & Orbe has hired Ancela Nastasi as a partner in its New York bankruptcy and restructuring practice. Nastasi was previously special counsel at Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe.

Nixon Peabody has named former US congressman and senior strategic policy adviser to the US government Thomas Reynolds as head of its government relations and public policy practice. Reynolds is joined at the firm by new partner Michael Zweiback, who joins the government investigations and white-collar defence practice in Los Angeles after 18 years in the US Attorney’s Office.