Moves: 8 April 2013


Move of the week

Senior Herbert Smith Freehills(HSF) litigator Ted Greeno has joined the ranks of partners leaving the firm’s disputes practice by resigning to join US outfit Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Greeno, a specialist in litigation and arbitration in the energy sector, will move to Quinn’s London office as its 11th City partner. He is one of HSF’s most established disputes specialists, having joined the firm in 1981.



Bird & Bird has re-elected CEO David Kerr and chairman Michael Frie for another three years each. Kerr has been CEO for 17 years while Frie has held the position of chairman for six years, after arriving as managing partner from Gedda & Ekdahl, which merged with Bird & Bird.

Forsters has appointed Tracy Hon as an international residential associate. She will focus on developing Forsters’ presencein South East Asia, the MiddleEast and China. She comes from DKLM, where she was an associate.



Everys Solicitors has hired corporate associate Sally Taylor, who joins from Eagle Relocations and is a former legal consultant at Barclays Capital and Thompson Sherwood.

Stephens Scown has hired IP and IT paralegal Tom Moore. He joins from Ashfords’ trademark team.

Simon Crooks has joined Kent-based Brachers as a partner in the private client team. He joins from East Anglian firm Ashton KCJ, where he was also a partner.


Keoghs has appointed Simon Winnard to the new position of director of healthcare fraud. He comes from PruHealth, where he was a consultant relationship manager.


JCP Solicitors has added two new partners to its regional practice. Litigation partner Richard Howells joined JCP as an associate in 2006. He specialises in contentious probate and trusts and property litigation. Marketing director Amy Seppman is now one of two non-lawyer partners at JCP. She has been with the firm since 2003 and has held a marketing role since 2006.


Gillespie Macandrew has promoted John Norrie to legal director, a new post, to lead the firm’s employment law department. Also promoted to legal director is Alan White,

who will lead the firm’s land and rural business team. Chloe Johnson has been made an associate in the same team. Ten other solicitors have been made senior solicitors – another newly created level.


Oliver Jung has joined the litigation department at Noerr as an associated partner in the firm’s Düsseldorf office. He was previously head of compliance in engineering and service group Bilfinger’s power systems division. He will focus his practice on compliance and white-collar crime issues.



Five partners have rejoined Hogan Lovells after spending one year at DLA Piper, which they joined en masse from Hogan Lovells. They are Washington, DC-based energy partners Kevin Lipson, Lee Alexander, Stefan Krantz, Christopher Schindler and John Lilyestrom.

Manatt Phelps & Phillips has hired Anne Fabry as a senior government affairs adviser for the federal government affairs and public policy practice group in its Washington DC office. Fabry was previously a director of government law and strategies at Brown Rudnick.

K&L Gates has opened a new office in Wilmington, Delaware. Helping to establish the office will be new partners Scott Waxman, Eric Feldman, Nicholas Froio and Christina Houston. All four arrive from Delaware firm Potter Anderson & Corroon. They will focus their practice on alternative business entities and their use in a wide range of domestic and cross-border financings and transactions. Waxman will lead the group’s transition.

Chicago firm Arnstein & Lehr has hired Alex Zabrosky as a partner in its business practice group. He joins from Drinker Biddle & Reath, where he was a counsel. He will advise clients

on commercial transactions, start-ups and venture capital investments, public and private financings, joint ventures, partnerships and teaming arrangements.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has hired ambassador Ron Kirk, who was previously the US trade representative in the Obama administration, as a senior of counsel. He will work out of the firm’s Dallas and Washington DC offices.

Middle East

King & Spalding has appointed partner Stephen Kelly to its Middle East team, based in Dubai. He joins from Clyde & Co, where he led the firm’s Middle East real estate development team.

Asia Pacific

Employment and industrial relations lawyer Geoffrey Giudice will join Ashurst Australia’s employment practice as a consultant. The former president of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and inaugural president of Fair Work Australia (now the Fair Work Commission), Giudice is an honorary professorial fellow at the department of management and marketing in the Faculty of Business and Economics, and the law faculty in the University of Melbourne.

Hong Kong firm Deacons has hired senior private equity lawyer Robert Woll as a partner in its financial services group. He joins from WilmerHale, where he was chair of its China corporate practice and co-managing partner of the firm’s Beijing office. 

Morrison & Foersterhas hired Kenji Taneda as corporate partner in its Tokyo office. He joins from the Tokyo office of Sullivan & Cromwell, where he was a special counsel.

The bar

Lord Justice Bernard Rix has retired from the Court of Appeal. He will join 20 Essex Street as an arbitrator member on 1 May.

Riverview Law has added barrister Mark Rainsford QC of 33 Chancery Lane to its team. He will continue to practise at 33 Chancery Lane.