People moves

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has taken on James Knox as a senior equity ­partner in its real estate practice.

James Knox
James Knox

Move of the week

Knox joins BLP from Linklaters, where he was a partner in its real estate group. BLP’s head of real estate Robert MacGregor said: “James has a fantastic ­reputation in the market and I’m sure he’ll further enhance our offering in relation to the most significant and complex multi-­disciplinary, UK and international real estate-related transactions.”



Kingsley Napley has taken on Patricia Hawkins as a partner in its private client team. She joins from Irwin Mitchell, where she was a partner and worked on court of protection and professional deputyship matters.

Penningtons Solicitors has hired Grainne Barton as an associate in its clinical negligence team. She joins from Charles Russell, where she acted as joint head of the clinical negligence department.

Steeles Law has promoted two in its dispute resolution team with commercial litigator Marcus Chapman being made associate and personal injury lawyer Chris Moore being promoted to legal director.

Wedlake Bell has appointed Shapna Roy as a partner. She joins from Amey, where she was senior legal counsel in the group’s legal ­department. Her practice area focuses on ­complex, major infrastructure projects and ­project finance deals.


Trethowans has recruited Nick Gent, Caroline Matthews and Jenny Rogerson as partners. Gent joins the firm’s corporate team from Blake Lapthorn and Matthews joins the licensing team from Harris Hagan. Rogerson is joining the firm’s commercial property team from Shoosmiths.


Hannah Steggles, Michael Briggs and Stuart Burns have all been promoted to the role of ­associate solicitors at Howes Percival. All three trained with Howes Percival in Leicester before qualifying as solicitors between 2005 and 2006.


Hill Dickinson has bolstered its corporate team with the appointment of Ian Gillis as a ­partner. Based in the firm’s Manchester office, Gillis will be involved in both public and private corporate finance work. Prior to joining Hill ­Dickinson, he was a partner at Hammonds.

Gordons has promoted four of its partners to junior equity partner. The newly promoted lawyers are commercial property head Barbara Rollin, property lawyer Janine Eaglesfield, ­personal law head Frances Davies and ­contentious wills, trusts and probate head ­Martin Holdsworth.



McGrigors has strengthened its construction procurement team with the hire of senior ­associate Luke Baines. He joins from Olswang, where he worked as a senior associate in the firm’s construction team.



Italian firm NCTM has taken on equity partner Michele Bignami from CBM & Partners.  ­Bignami joins NCTM with his immediate team including salaried partner Roberta Russo and associates Stefano Lava, Vittoria Caruso and Mirella Morandi.

Hannes Snellman’s operation in Stockholm has been boosted by the recruitment of Peter Forsberg as partner and head of competition law. Forsberg joins  the firm from Vinge, where he has worked as an associate since 2002.

Watson Farley & Williams has taken on Dirk Janssen as a partner in its Munich office. Janssen, who will work in the firm’s international ­corporate group, joins from Weil Gotshal & Manges, where he was head of its corporate M&A team.


James McCarney has joined the New York office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a partner in the firm’s business trial practice

group. McCarney most recently practised at Howrey in New York. 

Jones Day has announced that Edward Joyce has joined the firm as an insurance recovery ­partner in its New York office. Joyce joins Jones Day from the New York office of Orrick ­Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he was a

partner in the insurance recovery group.

Asia and Middle East

Charles Russell has expanded its Bahrain

office with the hire of solicitors Nicholas Polley and ­partner Sherif Hampton. Polley joins the firm from Clyde & Co, where he worked as a senior associate, and Hampton joins from Paull & Williamsons, where he was a trainee. The firm also welcomes Basma AlAlawi as a new Bahraini paralegal.

DLA Piper has appointed Steven Liu as head of its corporate practice in Beijing. Lui, who has been a partner in the group for the past three years, will also be overseeing private equity and venture capital matters for the region.

Winston & Strawn has announced that Bertrand Theaud has recently joined its Shanghai office as a partner and will focus on corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions and ­private equity transactions. Theaud was most recently a partner with DLA Piper in Shanghai.



Wallace has hired partner Michael Clinch from Harbottle & Lewis. The firm has also hired Jane Hale, a lawyer joining from Nyst & Co. Both Hale and Clinch’s practice areas focus on insolvency.