Moves: 7 May 2012

Payne Hicks Beach has brought in Robert Brodrick as a partner to strengthen the firm’s private client department.


Robert Brodick

Robert Brodick

Move of the week

Having led the same practice at Trowers & Hamlins, Brodrick brings with him a knowledge of tax, trust and estate planning for wealthy individuals, as well as their advisers and trustees, both domestically and internationally. Brodrick also advises on onshore and offshore contentious trust and probate work. In addition, Stephen Woodward is being promoted from associate to partner at the firm.




London-based aviation firm Clark Ricketts has promoted Gwyn O’Flynn to partner. She joined in 2008 having previously worked in Willis Group’s legal department.

Taylor Wessing has appointed Christopher Rees as a partner in the technology group. He moves from Herbert Smith, where he was a partner, following a stint as Bird

& Bird managing partner.

Patent and trademark law firm Withers & Rogers has made a number of appointments: Andrew Thompson has been promoted to partner in the London office, specialising in software and telecoms; trademark lawyer Marisa Broughton has joined the partnership in Bristol, focusing on luxury goods and leisure; Kate Hillis has joined the advanced engineering group in Bristol as a qualified associate; graduate Mark Graham has joined the electronics, computing and physics team in Sheffield; and John Elsworth has joined the firm’s life sciences and chemistry division in London as

a part-qualified associate.

Penningtons has promoted three associates to the partnership: Saionton Basu in the corporate and India groups will become joint head of the India group in the City office; Pat Saini in immigration will also be based in London, managing the casework team; and Mike Busby in commercial property will work out of the Guildford office.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher corporate partner Nick Tomlinson is returning to the firm’s London office after a four-year tenure in the Middle East, helping the firm to establish an office in Dubai.


Lanyon Bowdler senior private client practitioner Derek Cook has switched from Birmingham to the firm’s Herefordshire office.


Laytons has appointed Stephen Robinson as a partner in its Manchester employment team. He leaves DLA Piper, where he was head of employment in Liverpool.

Property litigation specialist Matthew Pugh has joined Langleys as a partner in its commercial division, based in York. He will lead the property litigation unit. He arrives from Lee & Priestley, where he was head of property litigation.

Manchester-based corporate and commercial boutique Heatons has appointed Bill Lister as an IP and media partner within its dispute resolution team. He joins from Pannone, where he was a partner.


Howes Percival has expanded its estates department with the appointment of director Tom Lawrence. He joins the Norwich office from Rogers & Norton, where he was a partner and head of wills, trusts and probate.


Aberdeen commercial firm Paull & Williamsons has hired a new partner and announced several other promotions: Colin McKenzie has been promoted to partner in corporate; associates Eloise Robb in commercial property and Diana Hall in civil litigation are being promoted to senior associate; and lawyers Sarah Stewart, Arran MacKenzie and Lynne Gray are to become associates at the firm.

HBJ Gateley has hired family law solicitor Philippa Cunniff as a partner in its private client team. She was previously a partner at Turcan Connell and is dual-qualified to practise in England

and Wales and Scotland.


Hogan Lovells has appointed new board members after the retirements of Claudette Christian and John Young and the appointment of Nicholas Cheffings to chair: partners Emily Read, Helen Trilling  and Craig Hoover have all been elected to the board. Young has retired after eight years as co-chair, while Christian will lead the development of Hogan Lovells’ foreign legal consultancy in Rio de Janeiro.

Duane Morris has announced that Michael Swit has joined the firm’s trial practice group as special counsel in its San Diego office.

He has spent seven years as vice-president of The Weinberg Group, a scientific and regulatory consultancy.


Maddocks has recruited two litigators, Peter Keel and Norman Lucas, who have left Clayton Utz to join as commercial disputes partners. Keel specialises in financial services dispute resolution and Lucas has extensive dispute resolution experience, advising on reputation management and social media risk management.


Conyers Dill & Pearman has hired company law barrister Rosalind Nicholson for its British Virgin Islands litigation and restructuring team. She practised corporate finance and company law at 4 Stone Buildings and has appeared in the Supreme Court.

Jon Barclay has been appointed counsel at Bedell Cristin in Guernsey as the firm expands its litigation team. He specialises in asset tracing, corporate disputes and insolvency, trusts, regulatory and compliance and moves from AO Hall, where he was a partner.

The bar

Six barristers have joined the family law team at 9 Park Place Chambers: Kay Waldron moves from child protection work for the legal team at Swansea Borough Council, while Richard Miller, Christina Thomas, Andrew Barcello, Eifion Williams and Marianne Bennett have all joined 9 Park Place from Temple Chambers in Cardiff.