Moves 5 August

Move of the week


Brodies has added DLA Piper partner Neil Burgess to its corporate team. Burgess will be based in Glasgow and focuses on acquisitions, disposals and investments both in the UK and overseas. He was at DLA for eight years, six and a half of which spent were as a partner, having previously worked at Australian commercial firm Minter Ellison in Sydney.



Environmental organisation ClientEarth has taken on Sharon Turner to lead its climate and energy programme, spanning its London, Brussels and Warsaw offices. Turner has spent most of her career as an academic in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast .



Stephens Scown has hired commercial property solicitor Nigel Edge. Edge previously worked for Clarke Willmott in Taunton as an agricultural solicitor. Family associate Sarah Atkinson also joins from Gregg Latchams in Bristol. She specialises in divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships and related financial settlements.

Geoffrey Onoufriou has become senior partner of Eric Robinson Solicitors in Southampton. He formerly led the firm’s commercial department. Paul Sams, who joined Eric Robinson in 2007, will lead the conveyancing department.


SGH Martineau has added Chris Gayle to its banking team. He was previously at Wragge & Co and advises borrowers and lenders, pension trustees and other stakeholders on domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions.


Wragge & Co has added two lawyers to its real estate department. Michael Hallowell joins as counsel from Eversheds , where he was a partner. Andrew Hardman arrives from Rosling King and will be director of the commercial development and investment team.


Kieran Toal has joined Shoosmiths ’ corporate team in Manchester. He has spent 10 years in the corporate team at Addleshaw Goddard and will work alongside corporate partners Mark Dawson and Karen Procter, and banking partner Graham Hall.

The bar

Riverview Law has added two international commercial barristers to its team; William Godwin of 3 Hare Court and Dirk van Heck of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square .


Hogan Lovells has hired a two-partner team from Benelux firmNautaDutilh as it confirms plans to launch in Luxembourg. The hire of investment funds partner Pierre Reuter and corporate partner Jean-Michel Schmit, both former Linklaters lawyers, leaves the Benelux firm with just three partners in the Luxembourg office. The pair will lead the new office and join with four of their current associates.

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW ) has recruited two international trade lawyers from Crowell & Moring in Brussels. Crowell partner Laurent Ruessman will lead the international trade practice at FFW, while Jochen Beck joins the Brussels EU regulatory team.

Schoenherr has appointed Cătălin Suliman as head of its Romanian competition practice. Suliman joins from Price-waterhouseCoopers’ Romanian ally D&B David & Baias as a local partner. He provides legal advice on competition and IP issues, as well as life sciences and regulatory matters in the retail sector.

Osborne Clarke is launching a Paris office with a partner hire from local firm De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés 15 months after disbanding its European alliance. The office will be headed by Béatrice Delmas-Linel, who joins after over four years as a partner at De Gaulle Fleurance. Prior to joining the firm Delmas-Linel was a senior member of the Emea in-house team at Microsoft .

Linklaters has turned to Shearman & Sterling for the hire of capital markets partner Bertrand Sénéchal, some six months after a capital markets team left for White & Case . Sénéchal will join the magic circle firm in September. He has been a partner at Shearman since 2005 and advises on equity- linked and debt capital markets. 

Wragge & Co has moved to strengthen its Paris real estate team with the appointment of four lawyers from Bird & Bird . Partner Constance de La Hosseraye is joining Wragges with three associates. She advises on real estate projects and is particularly active in the renewable and clean technology sectors. De La Hosseraye joined Bird & Bird as a partner in 2007.

Asia Pacific

US firm Foley & Lardner has hired the former China general counsel at Nike , Shao-Ying Mautner, as a partner and chief representative in its Shanghai office. Mautner has more than 20 years’ experience practising in the region. She joins from a Hong Kong-based legal consulting firm she founded in 2010.

Beijing-headquartered Jun He has added partner Xu Chumeng to its IP practice. Xu joins from IP-focused Beijing firm CCPIT Patent and Trademark , where she was the deputy director of the trade mark division. She has 16 years’ experience in trade mark prosecution and enforcement actions as well as transactional and licensing matters.

Withers has appointed former Mayer Brown JSM senior associate Michelle Chow as a consultant in its wealth planning practice in Hong Kong. Chow will advise on issues relating to trust, wealth planning and philanthropy.

Amarchand Mangalda s has hired corporate and M&A partner Rahul Sarella from local rival Tatva Legal to be resident partner in its Hyderabad office. Sarella will take over from Anshuman Jaiswal, who has moved to the firm’s corporate practice in Mumbai.


Baker & McKenzie has hired Altay Mustafayev as counsel in its Baku office. Mustafayev joins from OMNI Law Firm , where he served as counsel. He advises on corporate, M&A, banking and finance, tax and real estate matters. 


K&L Gates has appointed Lucy Cordone as a special counsel in its labour, employment and workplace safety practice group, based in Perth. Cordone has more than 10 years’ senior in-house experience, with her most recent role being in Department of Health Perth as area director for corporate services in South Metropolitan Health Services.