On the move

Linklaters has named Brussels-based partner Henk Vanhulle (left) as its global head of tax.

Henk Vanhulle
Henk Vanhulle

Move of the week

Vanhulle, who has been a partner at the magic circle firm since 1995 and who has led the ­Brussels tax practice since 2007, has taken over from Yash Rupal, who is handing over the reins after completing a three-year term. Rupal, in turn, has become UK head of tax, replacing Mark Kingstone. Linklaters global commercial head Arnaud de la Cotardière said: “I’m delighted to welcome Henk into his new role. His extensive ­corporate tax experience, coupled with his focus on clients and people, makes him ­ideally suited for the role.”



Sacker & Partners has hired Slaughter and May associate Tom Jackman as a solicitor in its pensions and employment group, taking the lawyer headcount in the team to 52.

Former Ashurst banking partner James Hogben has joined the London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges as a partner. Hogben spent five years as a partner at the City firm before leaving the partnership last year.

McGuireWoods has grown its burgeoning London practice with the hire of a three-lawyer team from Hogan Lovells. The team is led by employment partner Jonathan Maude, who was head of the London employment team at legacy firm Hogan & Hartson. He is joined by senior associate Andrea Ward andassociate Robert Washington.

Browne Jacobson has hired HBJ Gateley Wareing London real estate litigation head Kate Andrews. Andrews has joined to lead the firm’s own real estate litigation practice in the City.

Addleshaw Goddard consultant Stephen Chater has joined niche employee share scheme practice Postlethwaite. Chater is a former head of the employee incentives group at Addleshaw Goddard, prior to which he was a partner at Allen & Overy.

Davenport Lyons has made a double partner swoop to build its insolvency and dispute resolution practices. Hill Dickinson partner Phillip D’Costa has joined the dispute resolution team, while SJ Berwin associate Angela Stallard has boosted the reconstruction and insolvency offering.


Oxford firm Henmans has named Malcolm Sadler as its senior partner. Sadler, who previously headed the corporate department, has taken over from Richard Shallard, who will retire from the firm at the end of September.


Pannone has strengthened its property litigation department with the appointment of Eversheds associate Wayne Nash, who joins the Manchester-based firm as a senior associate.

Forbes Solicitors has named Preston-based partner Stuart Penswick as its head of housing. Penswick takes over from Siobhan Hardy, who will continue in her other role of Leeds managing partner.


Ledingham Chalmers has promoted Rod Hutchison to partner in its corporate and commercial practice. Hutchison joined the firm in 2002. His promotion takes the firm’s partner count to 27.


Benelux firm Stibbe has made a trio of partner promotions across its Dutch and Belgian offices. Energy partner Kirsten Berger and litigation partner Tim de Greve have joined the Amsterdam partnership, while in Brussels Wouter Ghijsels has been made up in the finance team.

Watson Farley & Williams has grown its Milan office with the recruitment of Hogan Lovells partner Francesco Curreli, who joins the international projects and structured finance group as a partner. He is accompanied by senior associate Francesco Dialti, also from Hogan Lovells.

Allen & Overy counsel Quinten Kroes has moved to Dutch technology boutique Brinkhof as a partner in its TMT department.


DLA Piper has hired King & Wood head of tax Stephen Nelson as a partner in its Asia tax team. Nelson will be based in Hong Kong, but is expected to spend a large amount of time working from the firm’s office in Beijing.

O’Melveny & Myers has targeted Asian growth for its private equity practice with the announcement that private equity partner James Ford has relocated from London to Hong Kong.