On the move

Mourant Ozannes has hired a husband and wife team from ­separate City law firms for its trust and employment litigation groups.

Move of the week

Rachel and Matthew Guthrie have joined the offshore firm as ­associates from Allen & Overy and Taylor Wessing respectively. Rachel’s practice focuses on employment law and litigation while Matthew is a tax and trusts lawyer. Mourant managing ­partner Rob ­Shepherd said: “It’s a little unusual to employ husband and wife at the same time
but Matthew and Rachel are ­fantastic additions to the trusts and employment teams and have already settled in well.”



Financial dispute resolution boutique Cooke Young & Keidan has made Sinead O’Callaghan a partner. She joined the firm in 2010 from Mayer Brown. Associate James Clarke has also joined from ELS International Lawyers.

Sidley Austin has hired the former general counsel and commercial director for BT Global Services as a partner in its City antitrust group. Tim Cowen, a former chairman of the CBI ­competition panel and the International ­Association of Commercial and Contract Management, has recently been appointed to the panel of the Competition Appeal ­Tribunal.

Penningtons ­solicitor Mark Lindley has joined Boodle Hatfield’s private client team.


IBB Solicitors has hired a four-member team from Hayes firm Desmond Wright & Co to boost its community legal services group. Desmond Wright principal Mark Butler has joined as a consultant alongside solicitor ­Deborah Rodaway, paralegal Rebecca Ireland and secretary Tessa Phillips.

Kent firm Brachers has hired Stevens & Bolton partner Allis Beasley as a partner in its dispute resolution group. Beasley spent 15 years at Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells before becoming a partner at Stevens & Bolton.

Shropshire law firm Lanyon Bowdler has ­recruited Ian Goodwin as a partner to lead its agriculture practice. Goodwin has joined Lanyon Bowdler’s Ludlow office from Hereford firm TA Matthews Solicitors, where he was a partner.


Liverpool firm Bermans has hired DWF ­partner Kieran Donovan as head of its corporate practice. Donovan joined DWF in 2001 before becoming one of the youngest lawyers to be made partner at the national firm.

Newcastle-based Eversheds corporate ­partners Ian Gilthorpe and Alan Fletcher are ­leaving the firm to set up their own local boutique advising corporates and high
net-worth ­individuals.

Lancashire firm Napthens has hired Gareth Birch as a solicitor in its Blackpool commercial property department. Birch joins from Yorkshire firm Harrowells Solicitors.


Dechert tax chief Yann de Kergos has joined Scotto & Associés as a partner in the tax group in Paris. De Kergos specialises in advising ­pharmaceutical and computer science clients.

Asia and Middle East

Jones Day partner Benjamin Bai has joined Allen & Overy’s Shanghai office as a partner and head of the Chinese IP group.

Shearman & Sterling senior associate Ji Liu has joined Norton Rose’s Hong Kong office as a partner in its US securities team. Liu has relocated from Shearman’s California office to join Norton Rose.

Addleshaw Goddard infrastructure partner Richard Guit has joined Corrs Chambers ­Westgarth as a partner. He will boost the ­Australian firm’s Perth-based energy and resources practice.

Pinsent Masons has bolstered its Asia Pacific practice with new appointments in its Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore offices. ­Senior associate Jenny Luo is joining ­Pinsents’ Shanghai team from Rouse, where she was an international patent attorney in the Beijing office. Kate Terry has joined the Hong Kong office as an associate. She was ­previously in-house counsel for Anglo American in London. Counsel Helen Waddell has ­relocated from the firm’s London construction group to Singapore.