Moves roundup: 27 October 2008

Michiel Wurfbain has joined Simmons & ­Simmons as corporate partner in the ­Amsterdam office. Prior to this, he was a ­senior associate at Dutch firm Stibbe.

Moves roundup: 27 October 2008MOVE OF THE WEEK
Michiel Wurfbain has joined Simmons & ­Simmons as corporate partner in the ­Amsterdam office. Prior to this, he was a ­senior associate at Dutch firm Stibbe.

Eversheds has hired real estate litigation ­partner William Densham from Linklaters, where he was a managing associate.

• Lovells has snared Norton Rose Italian head of litigation and arbitration Cristina Pagni. She joins as a partner in the Milan office.

• Elizabeth France has been appointed by the Legal Services Board as chair of the Office for Legal Complaints. She had been the chief ombudsman and chief executive of the ­Ombudsman Services since October 2002.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has hired Steven Francis as a partner in the regulatory practice. He was previously a director at the Financial Services Authority.

• US firm Hunton & Williams has appointed Dr Michael Rosenthal as managing partner of the Brussels office. He is also European head of the competition law group.

• Inderpal Lali has joined outsourcing specialists CPA as a solicitor in the European legal process outsourcing division. He was previously legal counsel at the Computer Sciences Corporation in Surrey.

• Lord Justice Thomas has been made vice ­president of the Queen’s Bench Division and Deputy Head of Criminal Justice.

• Company and regulatory lawyer Benoit Le Bars has joined Hammonds Hausmann, the Paris office of Hammonds, as a partner. He was ­previously at Landwell & Associés, where he was a director.

• London-based Jeffrey Green Russell has hired three lawyers to run two new sector teams. Solicitor Alexandre Terrasse joins from John ­Collis Solicitors and will head the French desk, while partners Justin Stephenson and Leighton Lloyd, from Howard Kennedy, will set up the media finance department.

• David Salter, joint national head of family law at Mills & Reeve, has been nominated as ­president of the International Academy of ­Matrimonial Lawyers following a term as ­president of the European chapter.

• Howard Kennedy partner Martin Davies has been elected chairman of law firm network Lawyers Associated Worldwide, of which Howard Kennedy is a member.

• Australian firm Gilbert & Tobin has hired two new corporate partners. John Schembri, who will lead the corporate finance team, joins from ­Freehills, while Peter Feros, who will lead the ­corporate taxation team, arrives from ­PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

• The Serious Fraud Office has appointed Keith McCarthy as head of anti-corruption. He leaves his post at HM Revenue and Customs’ criminal investigation directorate.

• Linklaters has recruited Deutsche Bank ­senior counsel Professor Reinhard
Marsch-Barner to its German practice. He will work as of counsel in the corporate group.

Memery Crystal has promoted three ­assistants to associate. They are Richard Green in the employment department, and James ­Mungovan and Kieran Stone in corporate.

• Lord Justice Hughes has been appointed vice president of the Court of Appeal (Criminal ­Division), with effect from 3 February 2009 upon the retirement of Lord Justice Latham.

• Leeds firm Schulmans has promoted three to partner: Stephen Fielding and Victoria Marshall in real estate and Mark Lumley in corporate.

• Amy Rogers has completed her pupillage at barristers’ set 11KBW, becoming a tenant ­working on employment, public, information and commercial law cases.

• DTM Legal, a newly formed specialist ­commercial practice based in Chester, has appointed 12 former Walker Smith Way lawyers, including former partners Anna Duffy, Richard Thomas, Julie Mogan, Jim Morris, Alison Brennan and Ed Barnes.

• Johanna Saunders has joined the Manchester office of Hill Dickinson as a corporate knowledge management lawyer. She moves from ­Addleshaw Goddard where she was a managing associate in the corporate group.

Withy King has promoted four associates
to partner: Jessica Bent in technology and media, Jane Measures in clinical negligence
and Alex Pyatt in corporate. Corporate finance lawyer Simon Merrell has been promoted to associate.

• London firm Kingsley Napley has promoted Gareth Kervin to partner in the employment group.