Moves: 3 December 2012

Macfarlanes has made a rare lateral partner hire by re-recruiting Speechly Bircham international tax and wealth structuring head Charles Gothard.

Charles Gothard
Charles Gothard

Move of the week

He is set to join Macfarlanes in the first half of next year, although no precise start date has been finalised. He joined Speechlys as a partner in March 2005 from Macfarlanes.



RPC has hired Lockton International general counsel Charlotte Taggart as a corporate insurance partner.

McClure Naismith has strengthened its UK consumer finance and recoveries team with the promotion of Lindsay Lees to the newly created post of director of recoveries and the appointment of solicitor Harpreet Bassi from Blavo and Co.

Goodwin Procter has hired Ben Eaton as a partner in its London office. Eaton will be a member of the firm’s tax practice. He moves from Allen & Overy in London, where he was a tax counsel.

Weil Gotshal & Manges has grown its London private equity team with the internal promotion of Samantha McGonigle and Simon Lyell to the partnership.

DWF has strengthened its banking and finance offering with the recruitment of consumer credit specialist Leanne Grunnill as an associate in its national financial services team. She was previously compliance director with The Funding Corporation.

Satyen Dhana has joined the new competition practice of Milbank in London as a senior associate. Dhana was previously a senior associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Ken Silk has joined Waltons & Morse as a senior associate. He joins from DAC Beachcroft, where he was a senior associate specialising in insurance law in marine, aviation, transport and specie claims.

Mayer Brown has hired capital markets partner James Taylor in London. He was a senior associate with Allen & Overy, in the firm’s international capital markets group.

Kaye Scholer is set to launch a London structured finance practice early next year, with the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Stuart Axford.

Banking and finance partner Samrad Nazer has joined the London office of Locke Lord in its UK transactional banking team. He specialises in cross-border and domestic debt finance and syndicate financings. Nazer joins from Squires Sanders, where he was a partner.


Yorkshire firm Stowe Family Law has promoted Nastassia Burton and Sarah Barr-Young to its partnership. Barr-Young qualified in 2009 and is based in the Leeds office while Burton qualified in 2010 and works in the Hale office.

Senior employment lawyer James Rhodes has joined Capsticks in Leeds. He moves from DAC Beachcroft, where he was an associate.

Jannina Beckett
Jannina Beckett

A new specialist in wills and probate has joined the Hull and East Yorkshire firm of Williamsons. Jannina Beckett was previously a solicitor with Pepperells.

Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office has appointed Sandip Khroud as an associate to its corporate team. He specialises in M&A, private equity and PLC client matters in Europe and Asia, having worked in Mumbai and Delhi. Khroud joins from Eversheds, where he was an associate.


McDermott Will & Emery has appointed two international arbitration lawyers, Sabine Konrad and Lisa Richman, as partners in its Frankfurt and Washington DC offices, respectively. Specialising in the area of international investment treaty arbitration, they both join from K&L Gates.

Oliver Simon has been appointed co-head of labour, employment and pensions at CMS Hasche Sigle. He will assume joint responsibility with Eckhard Schmid and be based in Berlin.

Gide Loyrette Nouel has promoted two new equity partners – Laurent Godfroid in competition/international trade and Bénédicte Mazel in public and administrative law and projects (finance and infrastructure).

Russian firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has hired Herbert Smith Freehills English-qualified corporate and energy partner Robin Wittering to join its Moscow office.

Middle East

King & Spalding is set to add to its Middle East capability with the hire of Simmons & Simmons regional disputes and construction head Adrian Cole.

Asia Pacific

Brian Ho joins Howse Williams Bowers as a partner from Standard Chartered Bank, Hong Kong, where he was a director in the corporate advisory and finance group and acted as one of its responsible officers for the Hong Kong IPO execution team.

Henry Goodwin has joined Taylor Vinters as a partner in the firm’s Singapore office, which specialises in providing legal support for technology, investment and private wealth activities. Goodwin was previously an in-house lawyer with Sword Consulting.

The bar

Paul Hopkins
Paul Hopkins QC

Paul Hopkins QC has been elected to succeed Gregg Taylor QC as head of 9 Park Place Chambers at the end of Taylor’s five-year term in office. Taylor will continue to practise from chambers.

Planning silk John Hobson QC and barrister Stephen Whale have left 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square for Landmark Chambers.

Brick Court Chambers has added the former president of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, to its roster of arbitrators.


Sony Picture Television has hired Wiggin consultant Richard Parsons as senior vice-president for corporate business and legal affairs.