Trowers & Hamlins has appointed its first ever head of international human resources (HR), who will be based in Dubai.
Malcolm Lewis, the firm’s former head of HR, takes up the role immediately, and will be replaced in London by Paul Robinson, HR director at Watson Farley & Williams (WFW).
Lewis becomes one of the first international HR heads to be based in the Middle East, where Trowers’ is one of the longest-established UK firms.
All five of Trowers’ overseas offices are located in the region, in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Cairo, Dubai and Oman respectively, and the firm also has associations with Feras Shawaf Lawyers in Saudi Arabia, and Sengular and Sengular in Turkey.
Prior to joining WFW in 2002, Paul Robinson was European head of HR for Japanese logistics company NYK.
The firm has recruited Kate Sanderson from Nabarro to replace him, and is accompanying changes in its HR department with an expansion of its PR and communications team.
Current PR and communications manager Chris Bane leaves next month to run the London marketing team at Hill Dickinson, after which his role will be split into separate PR and communications functions.
Hannah Truman has joined WFW as a PR executive and the firm is currently recruiting for the role of head of communications, who will be responsible for broader branding initiatives.
Trowers & Hamlins was unavailable for comment.