Moves: 29 October 2012

Reed Smith’s Hong Kong office has appointed Stephenson Harwood partner Jason Toms to its global shipping group.

Move of the Week

Toms is a litigation partner with a focus on wet and dry shipping matters. He moved to Hong Kong from London in 1997 with legacy Sinclair Roche & Temperley. He joined Stephenson Harwood’s Hong Kong office in 2002 following the merger between the two firms and became a partner at the firm in 2008. He joins Reed Smith along with associate Joyce Cheung.



Taylor Wessing has made a double partner hire to its private equity practice. James Goold was a partner with Jones Day and Edward Waldron was a principal associate with Eversheds in its corporate team.

Holman Fenwick Willan has hired financial institution insurance and reinsurance partner John Barlow from Hill Dickinson, where he was partner.

Watson Farley & Williams has appointed Jay Printz as a partner to develop the firm’s offshore energy sector. He was prviously general counsel of the SBM Offshore Group, a provider of floating production systems for the offshore oil and gas sector.

McDermott Will & Emery’s London office has added Astrid Owen as a partner in the firm’s private client practice group. Previously, she was a partner at Withers.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has hired six new associates as part of the continued expansion of its commercial litigation team. Chris Ross, who was a senior associate at Herbert Smith, ex-Slaughter & May associate Alan Williams, ex-Cobbetts associate Adam Forster, ex-Pinsent Masons solicitor Jessica Wicker, ex-K&L Gates trainee Katie Wright and ex-Dechert associate Daniel Wyatt will all be based in London.

GSC Solicitors has brought in tax barrister Tessa Lorimer from the Crown Prosecution Service’s central fraud unit.

David Bresnick has left CMS Cameron McKenna for Morrison & Foerster, where he will be a corporate and M&A partner. He was head of the private equity group and led the firm’s TMT group at CMS.

Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster has joined GT Law as head of the new private client and wealth management division. He was a partner with Rich Foster & Baily.

CMS Cameron McKenna has hired derivatives expert Nigel Dickinson as a partner in its financial services and products team. He was a senior associate with Allen & Overy.


Manchester-based Davis Blank Furniss has made Caroline Smith a solicitor in its dispute resolution department after being promoted from trainee solicitor.


Former Keoghs partner Sue Pawar Price has joined Mills & Reeveto lead on counter fraud initiatives in the firm’s general insurance team.

West Midlands firm FBC Manby Bowdler has appointed three newly qualified solicitors: Claire Whittall, Amber Pate, and Carl Robinson.


Hamish Corner
Hamish Corner


Cambridge office has added partner Hamish Corner from Charles Russell, where he was the head of IT and e-commerce group.

Personal injury lawyer Robert Harvey has joined Furley Page at its Chatham office as a chartered legal executive. He joins from the same role at Davis Simmonds & Donaghey.


DLA Piper has added Michael Bosco to its corporate practice as a partner. He will head the firm’s equity capital markets practice in Italy, as well as coordinate the firm’s US practice across the Mediterranean basin. Bosco moves from Shearman & Sterling, where he was a capital markets partner in Rome.


Norton Rose has expanded its corporate team in Thailand with the hire of corporate partner Andrew Lucas to its Bangkok office from Baker & Mackenzie, where he was a partner in Beijing.

King & Spalding has recruited Merrick White, an oil and gas partner, to its energy practice in Singapore. He was a partner with Clifford Chance.

Lisa Pearce
Lisa Pearce

Harneys has hired partner Lisa Pearce and associate Leanne Tunney to its funds team in Africa. Pearce joins from Ogier in Hong Kong and Tunney from Bedell Cristin in Jersey.

Mark Payne has joined HWL Ebsworth as a partner in its Sydney taxation group from Hall & Willcox, where he was a partner.


Ogier has promoted Katrina Edge, Victoria Yates and Paul Lawrence to its partnership.

The bar

David Sears QC has joined 2 Crown Office Row from 4 New Square. His practice specialises in commercial dispute resolution including professional indemnity, construction and engineering, energy and utilities, information technology and insurance law.

Criminal silk Courtenay Griffiths QC has moved from Garden Court Chambers to 25 Bedford Row. His practice includes claims against the police and public authorities, inquests, fraud, terrorism, murder, serious public order and drugs.


The British Board of Film Classification has appointed a lawyer as its new president. Patrick Swaffer is a former senior and managing partner at Goodman Derrick and still acts as a consultant with the firm.