People Moves

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has hired three new partners.

Jonathan Watmough

Jonathan Watmough

Move of the week

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has hired three new partners: Vivien Tyrell arrives as head of insolvency and restructuring from Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, where she was a partner; David Wallis joins the ­corporate group from Dechert, where he was a partner; and Eversheds partner Paul Castellani joins the insurance practice. RPC managing partner Jonathan Watmough (left) said: “These three are leaders in their fields and will add significant depth and breadth to our offering, and at the highest level.”


  • DWF has raided Baker & McKenzie for its UK chief financial officer Arthur Ferry. He joins DWF as finance director.
  • Collyer Bristow has appointed Toby Yerburgh as its new head of family law. He takes over from Michael Drake, who steps down after 12 years.
  • Baker & McKenzie has promoted Louise Webb to partner in its restructuring and ­insolvency practice and Mark Delaney to director head of UK VAT.
  • Field Fisher Waterhouse has appointed Michael Mulligan as a partner in its commercial litigation and contentious insolvency team. He was previously a partner at Halliwells.
  • Brown Rudnick has taken on DLA Piper tax partner Tracy Fisher, who joins the London office as a partner.


  • Dawn Osborne has left Rouse Legal, where she was a partner, to join Palmer Biggs Legal
  • as an IP partner.

South West

  • Lemon&Co patner and former senior partner Richard Fry has retired from the Swindon firm after 44 years of service.
  • Morgan Cole has hired construction associate Sean Campbell from TLT Solicitors. He joins Morgan Cole’s Bristol office.



  • Cartwright King Solicitors partner Dan ­Stowers has left the firm to join Irwin Mitchell as a partner and head of corporate defence.


  • Wolf Theiss has hired former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld business development manager Janis Nordstrom as its first chief ­business development and marketing officer. Prior to joining Wolf Theiss she ran her own ­consultancy in the US.
  • Tax lawyer Werner Heyvaert has moved from Stibbe to the Brussels office of Jones Day, where he joins as of counsel.
  • Lovells has recruited two capital markets partners from Simmons & Simmons in Milan. Corrado Fiscale and Federico Del Monte join as partners to head the Milan capital markets practice.
  • IP boutique Marks & Clerk has opened a new office in Malaysia. The office will be headed by Gerald Samuel, who joins from Miranda & Samuel, where he was a name partner.

Asia and Middle East

  • Hogan & Hartson has appointed Jun Wei and Steven Robinson as co-managing partners of its Greater China practice. In addition, Gordon Ng becomes managing partner of the Hong Kong office, Roger Peng will be the managing partner of the Beijing office and Arthur Mok takes on the role of managing partner of the Shanghai office. Man Chiu Lee will serve as administrative partner of the Hong Kong office.
  • Baker & McKenzie corporate partners Tom Thraya and James Reed have relocated to the firm’s Abu Dhabi office from Chicago and London respectively.
  • Litigator James Harbridge has joined Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle in Oman. He was previously a litigation partner in Trowers & Hamlins’ Muscat office.


  • Trusts and estates partner Stephanie Heilborn has moved from Heilborn to the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski.
  • The New York office of K&L Gates has taken on Dianne Greenberg Penchina and Koren Blair as partners in its real estate practice. They join from DLA Piper.
  • WilmerHale hedge funds partner Alexandra Poe has joined Reed Smith as a partner in its New York financial industry group.


  • Carey Olsen advocates Laila Arstall and Polly Lister have been called to the bar in Guernsey. They work in the trust and fiduciary team at
  • Carey Olsen.

The Bar

  • Carey Olsen has promoted three new partners: trusts lawyer Siobhan Riley in the Channel Islands, Marcus Pallot in the Jersey banking group and ­corporate specialist Robin Smith in Jersey.
  • North West set St Johns Buildings has taken on four new barristers: criminal expert Jane Greenhaigh from Cobden House Chambers, ­litigator Christopher Moss from 1 Stanley Place, litigator James Malam from Fishburns ­Solicitors in London and employment specialist Kevin McNerney, who has completed his one-year pupillage under Jeffrey Samuels QC.