On the move

Philip Olmer

Move of the week

  • He joins from Olswang, where he was also a partner working on structured ­investment property and joint venture ­transactions.
  • Graham Reid, partner and head of Reed Smith’s Europe and Middle East real estate group, said: “Philip’s a well-known name in the real estate market in London and he’s worked on some of the largest investment and letting deals of 2009. He has a great ­reputation, both as a technical lawyer and for client service.”
  • Olmer said: “Given that a significant amount of my practice derives from global clients, Reed Smith’s international strength and commitment to global client ­relationships was a natural attraction to me.”



  • Peters & Peters has promoted Neil Swift to partner in its fraud and regulatory department. Swift qualified at Peters & Peters in 1999. He has experience of advising individual and ­corporate clients in relation to investigations and ­prosecutions by HM Revenue & Customs, the SFO, the OFT, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the CPS.


  • Lester Aldridge has hired one partner, one associate and two ­solicitors. Geoff Trowbridge joins as partner in the charities team after ­heading the charities and social enterprise team at Ashfords. Joy Hankins joins from the ­employment team at Blake Lapthorn as an ­associate. Richard ­Jenner joins the dispute ­resolution team from Clifford Chance as a ­solicitor concentrating on health and safety ­matters. Alexandros Bilionis joins as a solicitor in the ­corporate team from Cramer Pelmont.
  • He focuses on a wide range of company ­constitutional matters, ­including share buybacks, reconstitutions and shareholder agreements.


  • DLA Piper has hired solicitor James Crellin and newly qualified solicitor Peter Mitchell for its Birmingham finance and projects team. Crellin, who takes the title of legal director, joins from Eversheds, where he was an associate. Mitchell completed his training contract at DLA Piper.
  • Geldards has hired David Charlton, a former senior legal adviser to Alliance Boots, as a ­consultant in its healthcare team. He focuses on medical law and has advised on
  • NHS law ­relating to professional services.
  • Howes Percival has strengthened its estates team with the promotion of Richard Lovett as its first non-lawyer partner. Lovett joined the firm in 2001 as trust manager.
  • Stephensons Solicitors has promoted Jackie Price to the role of associate in its family ­department. Price joined Stephensons as a school-leaver in 1993 and qualified as a solicitor with the firm in 2003.


  • Simpson Millar has taken on Ben Gent as a partner and head of the clinical negligence team. Gent joins from Ashton Morton Slack, where he was a partner specialising in negligence and birth injury claims.
  • DixonLaw has appointed solicitor Kelly ­Fleming to its commercial property team.
  • She joins the firm from Lupton Fawcett in Leeds, where she was an associate.
  • Ward Hadaway has taken on Gemma ­Sherbourne as an associate in its Leeds ­employment team. She joins from Lupton ­Fawcett, where she was an associate.
  • Keeble Hawson has hired Ian Hemingway as a partner in its litigation and dispute ­resolution team and head of the practice in Leeds. He joins from Lee & Priestley, where he was an associate.


  • Bredin Prat has promoted Kate Romain and Julien Gayral to partner. Romain joined the firm in 2006 from Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, where she was a counsel. Gayral began his career with CMS Bureau Francis ­Lefebvre in 1999 before joining Bredin Prat in 2006.
  • Labruna Mazziotti Segni (LMS) has promoted Andrea De Matteis and Mattia Odescalchi to ­partner. De Matteis will lead the antitrust ­department. Prior to joining LMS in 2006 he was a managing associate at Linklaters’ Brussels office. Odescalchi joined LMS in 2006 from ­Penningtons in London.


  • Arnold & Porter has elected three new ­partners and two new counsel to the firm. David Berg, a member of the corporate and securities practice in the firm’s New York office, Dmitri Evseev, a member of the international ­arbitration group based in the firm’s ­Washington DC office, and Kristen Ittig, a ­member of the government contracts practice group in the firm’s Northern Virginia office, were all elected to partner. Charles Malloy, a member of the bankruptcy and corporate restructuring practice group in DC, and David Valeck, a ­member of the corporate and securities practice group based in the firm’s Northern Virginia office, have been hired as counsel.
  • Reed Smith has hired former Howrey partner David Lisi as a partner in its global regulatory enforcement group in Silicon Valley.


  • Mourant du Feu & Jeune has strengthened its litigation practice with the promotion of three senior associates to partner. Jersey ­advocates Bruce Lincoln and Justin Harvey-Hills, together with Cayman Islands attorney Peter Hayden, have all been made up. Hayden has also recently taken over as head of the Cayman ­litigation team.