On the move

Clarke Willmott has netted Tim Ryan to spearhead its commercial law practice in London.

Tim Ryan
Tim Ryan

Move of the week

Ryan was previously a consultant at Berwin Leighton Paisner and joins Clarke Willmott as a partner. He has experience in the media, sports and leisure sectors and previously advised on the commercial ­hospitality and ticketing rights for the Rugby World Cup. Clarke Willmott chief executive Stephen Rosser said: “Tim’s appointment reflects our desire to recruit highly talented legal experts with a commercial background, which is critical to understanding the ­companies we act for and providing them with legal solutions that provide a clear return on investment.”



Memery Crystal has strengthened its ­corporate department with the addition of two solicitors. Rumit Nanji has joined as an associate from Freeth Cartwright, where he held the same position. Martin Gleeson has joined as an assistant from Thomas Eggar, where he also held the same position.

Debevoise & Plimpton has announced the relocation of partner John Missing to the firm’s London office. Missing is moving from Debevoise’s Washington DC office, where he focused on internal investigations.

Alper Deniz has joined Brown Rudnick’s ­London office as a partner in the European ­bankruptcy and corporate restructuring group. Deniz was previously a partner at Chadbourne & Parke.

Addleshaw Goddard has promoted 17 ­associates to its managing ­associate role. The ­following individuals from across the firm’s three offices in London, Leeds and Manchester have been promoted: Richard Bellamy, Kate Cook, ­Lindsey Clegg, Catherine Fearnhead, Sara Garbutt, Linda Gibbons, Andy Hankin, Abi Healey, Adam Johnson, David Lawson, Al Mangan, Pete Mason, Rachel McDonald, Kate Milenkovic, Lee O’Sullivan, Nadine Waters, Claire Wilkinson.

Wilsons has announced the appointment of agricultural property disputes partner Vivienne Williams. She joins the firm after 14 years at Burges Salmon. She will work with six former Burges Salmon colleagues who joined Wilsons earlier this year.

South East

Surrey firm TWM has hired Jamie Berry as a senior associate in its business law team. Berry was previously a legal consultant in British Columbia, Canada, as well as a partner at London firm Leon Kaye.

Cripps Harries Hall has recruited Ruth Napier as its new head of business development. Napier previously worked at Simmons & Simmons as acting director of marketing and business ­development.


East Midlands firm Marrons has announced a new addition to the planning consultancy arm of its practice. Jane Gardner joins as a director of planning, having previously worked for Northampton-based firm SSR Planning. Shoosmiths has recruited a banking specialist in the shape of Shaun McCabe, who joins as a partner. McCabe comes from Browne Jacobson, where he headed its East Midlands banking team.


Kimberley Chilton, Michael Witten and Jenny Shaw have joined Ford & Warren as trainees. Chilton was previously a finance litigation clerk at the firm. Witten and Shaw are both graduates of the University of Leeds.

Brabners Chaffe Street has appointed two new partners in the form of family law specialist Lindsay Yateman in the Liverpool office and ­commercial litigation specialist Simon Leigh in the Manchester office.


Setterwalls has bagged Jesper Grünbaum as a dispute resolution partner for its Stockholm office. Grünbaum joins from Wistrand, where he was also a partner.

Middle East

Habib Al Mulla & Company has appointed a new chief executive officer in the shape of Rob Morris, who will be based in Dubai. He was ­previously global head of procurement at ­Clifford Chance.


Simon Truskett has been elected as the new chair of international network Lex Mundi. Truskett is a senior partner at Lex Mundi’s ­Australian member firm Clayton Utz.

Jun He Law Offices has taken on Qiang Ma as a counsel for the firm’s Beijing office. Prior to this appointment he was a partner in Unitalen ­Attorneys at Law.

Blake Dawson has appointed Singapore-based George Cooper as a partner in its ­employment practice. Cooper joins from ­Freehills, where he led its workplace law and advisory Asia practice in Singapore.


Dechert has announced that Vivian Maese has joined the firm’s intellectual property group as a partner in New York and will be responsible for leading the global outsourcing and offshoring practice. Maese joins from her role as the global head of Morgan Stanley’s workforce strategy and solutions team.

Dewey & LeBoeuf has netted Alice Kane, who was most recently general counsel for

the ­Americas of Zurich Financial Services and has joined the Washington DC-based

health ­insurance practice of the firm as a partner. Kane spent six years with Zurich Financial ­Services.

Morgan Lewis has announced that Lloyd Feller has returned to the firm as senior counsel in its investment management and ­securities industry practice in New York.

Feller was ­previously executive vice president, general ­counsel and secretary of Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company.


Advent International has hired a new ­managing director and chief legal officer in the shape of James Westra. Prior to joining Advent, Westra was managing partner of Weil Gotshal & Manges’ Boston office.