On the move

Offshore firm Ogier has named Peter Cockhill as managing partner in its Cayman Islands office. Cockhill, who has held the job on an interim basis since June 2010, will replace outgoing head James Bergstrom, who is taking over as managing partner in Hong Kong.

Peter Cockhill
Peter Cockhill

Move of the week

Cockhill joined Ogier 12 years ago and is a member of the firm’s group management board as well as co-head of its global investment funds team. Meanwhile, Ogier has promoted Angus Davison and Andrew Morehouse to group partners in its capital market transactions and its investment funds,corporate and commercial practices ­respectively.



Media and entertainment boutique Swan ­Turton has appointed Michael Simkins head of litigation Catherine Fehler as its litigation chief. Fehler will join in the New Year to replace departing head Jonathan Coad, who is joining Lewis Silkin. Meanwhile, the West End firm has hired Biggart Baillie assistant Rahila Rahman as an assistant in its corporate group.

Former Statham Gill Davies partner Hadleigh Graves has joined the media and technology team at Marriott Harrison as a partner. Graves, who was formerly an M&A and private equity lawyer at Ashurst, left Statham Gill Davies in August.

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti has expanded its London offering with the

promotion of Andrew Schütte to partner. Schütte’s practice focuses on insurance and

reinsurance claims and disputes.


Birmingham firm Anthony Collins Solicitors has hired Colin Young as a consultant in its health and social care practice. Young was previously chief operating officer at disability care provider Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Berryman has recruited employment associate Nicola Roe from Nottingham firm Richard Nelson. Roe worked alongside former Richard Nelson employment director Hilary ­Campion, who joined Berryman as head of employment in July 2010.


Irwin Mitchell has bolstered its regulatory and criminal investigations group with the

relocation of senior associate Joanne Hall to work across its Sheffield and Manchester

offices. A qualified barrister who has spent time on secondment at both the SFO and

FSA, Hall moves north from Irwin Mitchell’s ­London office.



Shropshire firm Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors has grown its employment practice after trainee Bethan Jones qualified into the team, which is led by partner John Merry.


Aberdeen firm Ledingham Chalmers has hired Jill Andrew as an associate in its private client team. Andrew had previously been an associate in the Edinburgh office of Sturrock Armstrong & Thomson.


Bird & Bird has appointed Munich partner Alexander Duisberg as co-head of

its international IT group following Stephane Lemarchand’s move to DLA Piper last month. Meanwhile, Frederique Dupuis-Toubol will continue as sole Paris managing partner at Bird & Bird, having held the position jointly with Lemarchand before the latter’s departure.

Beiten Burkhardt has hired CMS Hasche Sigle associate Thomas Barthel as a salaried partner in its Berlin employment practice.

Gide Loyrette Nouel has recruited Alexis ­Massot as an associate in its international

economic law team based in Brussels. Massot previously spent eight years working as a legal adviser for the French government.


Latham & Watkins has recruited Howrey litigation partner Bert Reiser as a partner in

its Washington DC litigation practice. Reiser was previously an attorney adviser to chief administrative law judge Paul Luckern at the International Trade Commission.

King & Spalding finance partner Angela Batterson has joined the New York office of

Katten Muchin Rosenman as a partner.

Asia and Middle East

Bingham McCutchen has expanded its Asian financial services offering with the hire

of Morrison & Foerster corporate finance partner Tsugumichi Watanabe as a partner in its Tokyo office.

Taylor Wessing has promoted associate Hasan Rizvi to partner in its Dubai-based Middle East corporate practice. He first joined the firm as an associate in 2006.

The Bar

Former Chancery Bar Association chairman Michael Todd QC has been named

vice-chairman-elect of the Bar Council following a contested election. He will take up his new position, alongside chairman Peter Lodder QC, on 1 January 2011.

Two barristers have joined Manchester chambers St Johns Buildings. Neil Owen-Casey has joined the set’s family group, while Sharon Leene is the latest addition to the criminal group.