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He will assume the role from the company’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices and have ­responsibility for all operations in China. Shao has been a partner at Linklaters for 11 years, ­during which he lead the China ­practice for 10 years and, more recently, the Asian operation.



Druces Solicitors has announced the appointment of Julian Johnstone as a partner and new head of its litigation team. He joins Druces from Dundas & Wilson and specialises in real estate and commercial litigation, with a ­particular emphasis on acting for overseas clients with UK interests.

Following the recent hire of Frances Murphy to lead Jones Day’s London antitrust practice,the firm has further expanded the department with the hire of four senior associates from the antitrust team that Murphy headed up at Mayer Brown. They are Jamie Pearson, Natasha Hall, Francesco Liberatore and Lynette Zahn.

Allen & Overy has taken on Chris Marshall to lead its global pro bono and community affairs team. Marshall is one of the founders of ­Advocates for International Development, a not-for-profit organisation that enables lawyers to provide access to justice for people in the developing world.

HBJ Gateley Wareing has appointed two new fee-earners into its shipping and transport team in London. Partner Bruce Virgo and solicitor Christina Choo join the team to support its expanding practice. Choo, who has joined from Clyde & Co, will be working in the general ­shipping and transport practice, while Virgo, who has transferred from HBJ’s Edinburgh office, will be working mainly within the yacht team.

Allen & Overy has appointed Thomas ­Sebastian, an Indian-qualified lawyer and public international law specialist, as a London-based associate in its international dispute resolution practice. Sebastian will work within the global arbitration group, focusing particularly on public international law disputes. He has seven years’ experience as an advocate with The World Trade Organisation.


Rix & Kay Solicitors has announced the arrival of Mark James as partner in the ­commercial litigation team. James was previously based at Brighton law firm Griffith Smith ­Farrington Webb, where he was head of its ­litigation and employment department.

Kirstie Johnson has joined Lamb Brooks Solicitors in Basingstoke as an associate solicitor in the employment department. She joins from Thomas Eggar in Southampton, where she was an associate.


DWF has appointed two new partners in Leeds to strengthen its corporate team. Andrew Walker was previously head of Watson Burton in Leeds, while Lester Wilson headed the firm’s corporate finance team. Their appointments follow that of Stephen Houston, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard to become national head of DWF’s ­corporate team.

Staffordshire-based Ansons Solicitors has taken on a new trainee solicitor. Gemma Eldon joins the firm on a two-year training contract ­after completing a business degree at ­Nottingham Trent University and the LPC at the College of Law in York.


Capsticks has hired three new lawyers to join the corporate and commercial team in its ­Birmingham office. The team will be headed by Mike Clifford, a corporate law partner, who joins the firm after 14 years at Hammonds. He will be supported by Tracy Giles, who arrives as a senior lawyer and procurement specialist from Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, and by Alex Birch, who joins as a corporate lawyer from Nabarro.

Weightmans has welcomed associate Peter Brewer to its commercial dispute resolution and insolvency team. He joins from Else Solicitors and will divide his time equally between the firm’s Birmingham and Leicester offices. Brewer ­qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and has since ­specialised in offering commercial litigation and insolvency advice to commercial clients and insolvency practitioners in the Midlands.

Shakespeare Putsman has announced the appointment of two new partners to strengthen its commercial resolution team. Sundeep Ladwa joins the commercial litigation team from ­Pinsent Masons. He has more than 10 years’ experience advising a range of corporate clients, local authorities and central government ­departments. Rehan Akram joins from ­Eversheds. He specialises in employment ­tribunal litigation and has a particular interest in discrimination law. 

Legal executive Lynette Vaughan of Watkins & Gunn Solicitors has been promoted to associate, 10 years after joining the firm as an office junior. Watkins & Gunn, which has offices in Newport and Pontypool, promoted Vaughan in recognition of her work in personal injury.


The Beijing office of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has announced that Catherine Ying has rejoined the firm’s China ­practice group. She previously had been a ­corporate associate in the Paul Weiss New York office from 2004 until 2007, and a summer ­associate in both the New York and Hong Kong offices in 2003. 

DLA Piper has appointed Jim Delkousis as the new office managing partner for its Dubai office. He will officially take up the role in January 2010, succeeding Tony Holland, who has been made chief executive for DLA Phillips Fox in Australia, effective 15 February 2010. Delkousis joined DLA Piper’s Dubai office in 2007 from Australian law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques, where he had been a partner since 1999. 


King & Spalding has taken on Timothy Barber as a partner in the firm’s Charlotte, North ­Carolina, office. Barber is an accomplished trial lawyer with particular expertise in patent, ­business and commercial ­litigation. He joins from Womble Carlyle, where he served as the head of the firm’s patent ­litigation team since 2006.

Paul Garrity has joined the New York office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a ­partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. Garrity was previously a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren in New York.


Guernsey-based Collas Day has boosted its funds practice with the recruitment of funds experts Wayne Atkinson and Susan O’Leary. Atkinson joins the firm as a senior associate from international firm Walkers in the British Virgin Islands, where his practice focused on ­investment funds and general ­corporate ­transactions. O’Leary moves to Guernsey from Dublin firm Dillon Eustace. Her expertise covers investment funds and financial services.