People moves

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has announced that Jeff Roberts will join the firm as a ­partner.

Jeff Roberts
Jeff Roberts

Move of the week

Roberts, who will join the firm’s ­London office from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a ­partner, will ­continue to focus his corporate law practice on international public and ­private M&A, ­private equity and equity capital markets. Gibson Dunn managing partner Ken Doran said: “One of our top ­priorities is to continue ­growing a strong global platform, and Jeff’s experience ­representing large, multinational ­corporations in complex corporate matters will strengthen our capabilities in the UK and for cross-border transactions across Europe.”



K&L Gates has added Justin Purcell as a senior associate in its projects practice. Purcell joins from Burges Salmon, where he gained ­experience in social infrastructure PFI and where he advised public and private sector clients in the defence, police, fire and rescue, housing, health, leisure and schools markets.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has hired ­pensions partner Philippa Connaughton. She joins as a partner from Linklaters to help ­spearhead the firm’s non-contentious

pensions practice. Connaughton became of counsel at ­Linklaters in 2005, having joined the firm in 1997.


Corporate solicitor David Bright has joined the company commercial department at Moore Blatch Solicitors. He joins from Horsey Lightly Solicitors, where he was a solicitor.

Cripps Harries Hall has appointed partner Matthew Cox to its retail team. He arrives from Manches, where he was a partner.


Ward Hadaway has hired Brian Green as a consultant. He was previously at the Leeds office of Hammonds, where he spent 15 years as a ­partner.

Harrison Clark Solicitors has appointed Frank Smith as head of its rural business team. He joins the firm from Rickerbys, where he was an associate in the agricultural team.



HBJ Gateley Wareing is strengthening its ­litigation team in Glasgow with the ­appointment of Douglas Blyth. Taking on the role of senior associate, Blyth joins from Maclay ­Murray & Spens, where he completed his ­training following his graduation in 1998 from Dundee University.



French firm Sonier & Associés has promoted Nassim Ghalimi to partner. He covers commercial lending, contracts, bankruptcy and insolvency.



Charles Russell has expanded its Bahrain office with the move of telecommunications specialist Andrew Sharpe from the firm’s ­London office and the hire of its first Bahraini trainee, Reem Al Mahroos. Sharpe, a corporate and commercial partner, specialises in IT, IP and telecommunications law. Trainee Al Mahroos has been working for Charles Russell for six months following the completion of her legal studies in London. She will now commence a two-year training contract, which will be ­divided between Charles Russell’s London and Bahrain offices.

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has announced the appointment of partner Michelle Taylor as the firm’s office leader in China. Based in Hong Kong, Taylor has assumed responsibility for overseeing the management and administration of the firm’s three offices in the country in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Taylor joined Orrick’s Hong Kong office as a partner and head of the firm’s Asia financial markets practice in 2007.



Fried Frank has announced that Steve Epstein has joined the firm as a partner in the M&A practice group, resident in New York. Epstein arrives from O’Melveny & Myers, where he was a partner.

Arnold & Porter has revealed that Marc Daniel has joined as counsel in ­Washington DC. Daniel will work with real estate partners John Busillo and Alan Lawrence on commercial real estate financing transactions. He joins from ­Cadwalader, where he was special counsel.

Covington & Burling has taken on Timothy Stratford, who most recently served as the ­assistant US trade representative for China affairs, as a partner. He will be situated in the firm’s Beijing office and will practise in the ­international trade and finance group.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has hired patent litigators James Elacqua and Andrew Thomases as partners, while Jonathan Baker has joined as of counsel in the firm’s Palo Alto office. The trio join from Dechert, where they were ­partners.