On the move

Legal process outsourcer Global BPO has hired former Charles Russell managing partner James Holder as chairman of the company.

James Holder
James Holder

Move of the week

Holder stepped down as Charles Russell managing ­partner in May this year and is set to continue as a member
of the firm, but not as a partner.

Holder joined Charles Russell as a partner in 1987 and become managing ­partner in 2007. He will continue to act
in a business development role for Charles Russell, actively seeking and ­referring opportunities to the firm.



Jamie Goldberg has joined sports boutique Onside Law as a senior associate. Goldberg ­specialises in corporate and commercial law with particular experience in private M&A and ­commercial contracts. He qualified at ­Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he practised for three years in the corporate ­department before spending several years as legal counsel for the Howlett investment group.

Goodman Derrick has netted two ­corporate partners in the shape of Simon McLeod and Paul Webb. McLeod joins the firm from Bird & Bird, where he was a partner. Webb comes from Taylor Wessing, where he was also a ­partner.

James Atton has been made a partner at Mackrell Turner Garrett. The commercial ­litigation specialist joined the firm in 2005 ­following several years at Spanish firm Mullerat.

Collyer Bristow’s real estate and construction offering has been bolstered by the arrival of two new partners: Alex O’Connor and Jonathan Pawlowski. O’Connor, who specialises in ­commercial real estate, joins from McGrigors, where he was a partner. Pawlowski focuses his practice on construction litigation and comes from Davies Arnold Cooper, where he was a partner.

South east

Rix & Kay has hired partner Vanda James to head its family law practice. James will work out of the firm’s new Sevenoaks office, which opened last month. She was previously a partner and head of the family law practice at Warners.

Brian Palmer has joined Rawlison Butler’s employment team as a partner. He joins from Fladgate in London, where he was head of employment. His experience covers all areas of commercial employment law, both contentious and non-contentious.

Tees has hired a client services director in response to the Legal Services Act. Judith Dorkins joins from Shoosmiths, where she was head of consumer services.

South West

Gloucestershire-based BPE has welcomed partner Jo Bewley into its commercial property team. Logistics is one of Bewley’s specialisms and she has acted for several national logistics ­companies. She was previously a partner at Shakespeares.


Sports advisory firm SportsTeam has ­expanded its Cheshire-based team with the hire of Iria Caride. She joins the firm as part of her masters course in international sports law.


Ashfords has appointed Oliver Williams as a solicitor in its construction team. Williams joins from SRB Legal in South Wales, where he worked in general commercial and construction dispute resolution after qualifying as a solicitor in 2009.


Marccus Partners has announced the arrival of Anne-Laure Fonade as a partner. She will head the real estate department in
the firm’s Paris office. Prior to joining Marccus, Fonade was the partner in charge of the ­corporate real estate department of Nixon Peabody in Paris.

Eversheds has taken on Virginie Deslandres to head the China practice in the firm’s Paris office. Deslandres, who previously worked in China for more than 20 years, is a corporate lawyer ­specialising in advising French and ­European companies across Asia. She was ­previously a ­corporate partner at Norton Rose.

Vlad Sourkov has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as a partner and head of the firm’s Russian real estate practice in Moscow. He joins from CMS Russia, where he was head of the firm’s real estate practice. Other members of his team are expected to join Akin Gump in Moscow in the coming weeks.


Paul O’Donnell has joined HWL Ebsworth’s energy and resources team as a partner in ­Sydney. He concentrates his practice on energy regulation and market reform, the acquisition and development of energy-related projects and the trading of electricity and gas. Prior to joining HWL Ebsworth, O’Donnell was the general ­counsel of Novatec Biosol.


Morgan Lewis has announced the addition of Margaret Gatti, an international banker turned international trade practitioner, as a ­partner in its antitrust practice in Washington DC and Philadelphia. Gatti launched Fox ­Rothschild’s Washington DC office in
November 2010.

Media specialist Anderson Duff has joined Boston-based intellectual property firm Wolf Greenfield & Sacks. He will work in the firm’s trademark and copyright group and joins Wolf Greenfield from the media law group at ­NBCUniversal Media. He will focus largely on advising clients on issues related to prosecution and litigation.

Nixon Peabody has announced the arrival of a group of attorneys and staff from Edwards ­Wildman. Partners Lawrence Cohen and Jay Rosenbaum bring with them a team ­providing estate planning, international private client ­advisory, asset management and investment, and tax services. Both Cohen and Rosenbaum will be based in Boston.

Latin America

Jones Day has revealed that Marcello Hallake has joined as a partner in the firm’s São Paulo office, where he will advise on M&A and project finance deals. He comes from the New York office of Thompson & Knight.

The bar

Michael Lieberman has been appointed senior clerk at 9 Park Place Chambers, ­replacing Jim Williams who retires this year. Lieberman began his career in 1990 as a clerk with 3 Grays Inn Square Chambers, now 33 Bedford Row, before becoming senior clerk in 1997.