On the move

Leeds-based Walker Morris has poached the head of Hammonds’ commercial dispute resolution team in Leeds.

Move of the week

Veteran partner David Williams has been at Hammonds since joining as an assistant solicitor in 1988. He joins Walker Morris as a partner in its ­commercial dispute resolution practice, ­bringing the number of partners in the group to three and the total number of lawyers to 23. The firm’s litigation group has 14 partners and 141 lawyers. Walker Morris managing partner Ian Gilbert said: “We have a tremendously talented and renowned dispute resolution team as part of our litigation group and it will be further strengthened by the arrival of David Williams, an experienced and highly regarded lawyer.”



Fasken Martineau has hired Catherine Moss as a partner, John Burnand as an associate and Kayleigh Wilshaw as a newly qualified solicitor. All three will be based at the firm’s London office and have joined from the now defunct Halliwells. Moss specialises in corporate finance and ­Burnand’s practice focuses on corporate finance.

Collyer Bristow has bolstered its employment team by hiring lawyer Sarah Culshaw, who was previously a partner at Oury Clark Solicitors.

Winckworth Sherwood has appointed ­partner Joanna Bussell, who joins the firm from LG, where she was also a partner. Bussell ­specialises in public and private sector projects and in particular public sector outsourcing.

The London office of Faegre & Benson has hired Robert Campbell, who joins the firm as a partner and head of litigation. Campbell ­previously worked at Halliwells as a partner and has experience in commercial litigation.

Pitmans has announced the promotion of Andrew Peddie to head of corporate and the appointment of Adam Dowdney to the role of ­corporate business development partner. Peddie has more than 20 years’ experience of corporate law and joined Pitmans in April 2009. Dowdney has been a partner at Pitmans since 2007 and has experience in corporate finance work.

Maclay Murray & Spens has boosted its ­banking and finance practice in London with the appointment of partner Colin Harley. Harley, who joins from Dickson Minto, where he was an ­associate, will focus on corporate banking.

East Anglia

Fosters Solicitors has appointed Clare ­Merrett as a newly qualified family law solicitor following the completion of her training contract with the firm. She completed her LLB at ­Aberystwyth University followed by the LPC at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.


Hammonds has boosted its dispute resolution team with the hire of Garon Anthony, who joins the firm as a senior associate from Pinsent Masons in Birmingham. He has experience in general corporate and commercial litigation work.

Hill Hofstetter has taken on Joanna Duncan and Stephen Williams. Duncan joins the firm’s corporate, commercial and technology team as an associate from Pritchard Englefield, while Williams joins as a construction consultant in the commercial real estate department from Eversheds.


DWF partner Amanda Simmonds has become the new chair of the Yorkshire branch of The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (Step). Based in DWF’s Leeds office, Simmonds was ­elected to the role at a recent branch committee meeting and replaces Clive Barwell of Towergate Financial. Step is a professional body providing its members with a learning and business ­network focusing on the responsible stewardship of assets.


Burness has promoted Walter Clark to partner in its corporate finance team. Clark trained with Burness and has been responsible for developing a number of the firm’s key corporate clients, including Standard Life. Diane Turner has also been promoted to director in the firm’s health and safety team.

Biggart Baillie has taken on Carole Ferguson, who joins the firm as a partner in the ­dispute management department. She joins from ­Ledingham Chalmers in Aberdeen and is also a qualified English barrister.

Asia and Middle East

White & Case has taken on Jonathan Olier as a counsel in its Singapore M&A practice. Olier joins White & Case from Clifford Chance, where he was an associate.

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge has hired Andrew Lui as a partner in its business law department. Lui will base his practice in the ­associated Hong Kong office Lister Swartz.

Lui was previously the managing partner at Andrew Lui & Company.


Matthew Seiden, previously an IP partner at Arnold & Porter, has joined King & Wood’s recently established New York office as a partner. Seiden’s practice focuses on negotiating ­technology-based transactions for US and foreign clients.

Kaye Scholer has announced that it has taken on Barbara Caulfield, Michael Malecek and Peter Root as partners in its Menlo Park IP practice. They were previously partners at Dewey & LeBoeuf.


Bermuda firm Cox Hallett Wilkinson has hired associates Louise Charleson and Sarah-Jane Hurrion into the firm’s litigation department. Charleson joins from Kennedys, where he trained. Hurrion, meanwhile, was with St John’s Chambers in Bristol and has ­previously worked for Walkers in the
Cayman Islands.

The Bar

In ­concurrence with the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice has announced the ­appointment of three presiding judges: Mr ­Justice Coulson has been appointed to the North Eastern Circuit, where he will succeed Mr Justice Wilkie; Mr Justice Burnett has been appointed to the Western Circuit, where he will take over from Mr Justice Royce; and Mr ­Justice Nicol has been appointed to the South Eastern Circuit, where he will take over from
Mr Justice Bean.