M­­oves: 28 May 2012

Taylor Wessing has added Neale Downes to its global finance team as a partner in Dubai.

Neale Downes
Neale Downes

Move of the week:

He follows partners Elisabeth Gaunt from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Ross Caldwell from Dundas & Wilson, both London-based. Downes has left Trowers

& Hamlins’ Bahrain office, where he was a partner and head of the regional banking and finance practice.


DAC Beachcroft has appointed two new partners. Lea Brocklebank joins the Winchester claims solutions group from Bond Pearce, where she was lead partner for liability claims; Sean Caldwell has moved to the commercial services team in Manchester from his post as a consultant with Hempsons.


Farrer & Co has hired John Hull as a consultant in its IP and commercial team. He was a partner and head of IP at Memery Crystal.

King & Spalding has hired litigation partners Jane Player and Sarah Walker, both of whom were partners at Bird & Bird.

Jonathan Leigh-Hunt has made partner at Marriott Harrison. He joined as a trainee in 2002.

Bond Pearce has hired a former senior lawyer at US firm Axiom Law Kiron Farooki as a partner in its London commercial team.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has hired senior associate Neil Brown from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and associates Lily Meyer from Slaughter and May and Paul Jenkins from Clifford Chance.

Ros Ashby has become Pritchard Englefield managing partner. She has been a partner there since 1992.

James Slinger has joined Taylor Vinters as a property partner from Ashton KCG, where he was partner.

Bird & Bird sport and media senior associate Paul O’Dowd has moved to Sheridans as a partner in the sports group.

New CMS Cameron McKenna insurance sector group consultant Tim Scott has joined from the FSA, where he was a solicitor.

Former Hickman & Rose solicitor Anna Mazzola has joined Bindmans as a public law and human rights associate.


Dickinson Dees has made six promotions to director in Newcastle and Leeds: Mark Casey (banking), Victoria Hunter (commercial), Will Sander (IP), Emma Moody (charities), Carlyn Easterbrook (corporate recovery) and David Towns (agriculture).

Shoosmiths has hired Sarah Teal as a restructuring and insolvency partner from DLA Piper, where she was an associate.

DAC Beachcroft has added a specialist real estate team, led by associate Andrea Proudlock from Ward Hadaway, where she was head of property. She is joined by legal executive Richard Harris of the same firm.

Sheffield-based Nabarro partner Gerard Khoshnaw has joined the Leeds office of Gateley as a commercial litigation partner.


Commercial dispute resolution partner Diane Bennett has joined Harvey Ingram’s Leicester office from Eversheds, where she was a partner.

South West

Plymouth firm Woollcombe Yonge partner Yvette Benn has been appointed as branch chair of the Association of Women in Property.

Stephens Scown has hired Ashfords solicitor Ben Travers as an associate and head of IP and IT and Weightmans associate Lynne Rathbone as an associate.

Brachers has promoted Sean Gorman to partner and Matthew Grogan, Graham Wallis, Robert Thompson, Mark Gore and Matthew Simmons to associates.

Foot Anstey has added TMT specialist Martin Cuell as a partner in Bristol from Burges Salmon, where he was a senior associate.


Baker & McKenzie Diwok Hermann Petsche has hired Stephan Gross as a partner in Vienna from KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte, where he was a partner.


Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr has hired senior counsel James Carter from Sullivan & Cromwell, where he was a partner and co-chair of the international arbitration group.

The Portland office of K&L Gates has added Latham & Watkins partner John Casey as a partner in its commercial disputes practice.

Cravath Swaine & Moore has hired Francis Barron as a partner. He is the former chief legal officer at Morgan Stanley.

IP lawyer Márcio Costa de Menezes e Gonçalves is a new partner at Brazilian firm Siqueira Castro Advogados. He was a partner at De Vivo Whitaker Castro e Gonçalves Advogados.


Iain Black has joined Eversheds’ Singapore office as a partner and head of Asia construction and infrastructure from Davies Arnold Cooper, where he was a partner.

Squire Sanders has hired four new partners: Jenny Liu (partner) and Xudong Ni (special associate) move from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hamton’s Beijing office; Sin Kiu Ng (an associate at Sidley Austin) and Kam W Law (a Jones Day associate) have joined the Hong Kong office.

Three former Jones Day partners have been hired by Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft: Joseph Lee, Jeffrey Maddox and David Neuville join as partners in the Hong Kong capital markets team.

Former senior vice-president of natural resources at Deutsche Bank Melbourne Ben Macdonald has joined Gilbert & Tobin as an M&A partner in Melbourne.

Watson Burton has promoted James Harrison and Jacqueline Turner to its partnership and welcomed back solicitor Helen Foy after a stint with Marque Lawyers.

The bar

Steve Jones is now business development manager at Riverview Law, having previously been business development manager at Argent Chambers.