Moves 9 December

Move of the week


Clifford Chance has named Matthew Layton as global managing partner, taking over from outgoing head David Childs. Layton will begin his reign from the beginning of next year, replacing Childs who is to retire. Layton has been a partner at Clifford Chance since 1991. He became global head of corporate practice in 2008.



Hill Dickinson has hired partners Louise Millington-Roberts and Richard Creamer to its London office. Millington-Roberts has 12 years’ experience acting on behalf of major sports organisations such as The Ryder Cup, RFU and The European Tour. She joins from Kerman & Co, where she was a partner. Creamer has experience in advising dental and medical practitioners and NHS bodies on a range of issues such as contractual disputes and civil negligence claims. He joins from Hempsons, where he was a partner.


Blake Lapthorn has hired Shepherd and Wedderburn corporate partner Robert Lyons in London. Lyons has over 20 years’ experience in the corporate sector in both domestic and cross-border M&As, joint ventures and other strategic alliances. He acts for a broad spectrum of clients including owner-managed businesses and development
and growth companies, multinational corporates, investment funds and managers, and domestic and international investment banks.

Osborne Clarke has named Andrew Saul as senior partner, taking over from Tim Birt, who has held the position since 2006. Saul joined the firm as corporate chief in 1996 and held the position for seven years. He is presently head of the firm’s London office, and also holds a post on its partnership council. His new role will take effect on 1 January 2014.



Irwin Mitchell has added commercial property litigation lawyer Lisa Stratford in Sheffield. Stratford joins from the Manchester office of Weightmans. She acts for commercial landlords and tenants on asset management issues such as lease renewals and dilapidations claims.

Lancashire firm Vincents has appointed Chris Matthews head of private client services. He joins from Dickson Haslam, where he was head of wills, probate and estate planning. He brings with him a team of three from Dickson Haslam’s Lytham office including legal executive Donna Matthews who will assist with personal legal services such as wills and probate, trusts and lasting powers of attorney, while senior conveyancer Angela Hoggarth will look after residential property transactions. Completing the team is legal secretary Karen Cooper.

Leeds firm Shulmans has hired two lawyers to its property teams. Bryony Law and Lucie Barnes have joined from Taylor Wessing and Hargreaves Mounteney Solicitors respectively. Law joins the commercial property team, while Barnes joins the property support unit where she will focus on property-related disputes resolution.

TLT has hired six partners and a team of 24 lawyers and support staff from Irwin Mitchell in Manchester. The team includes property partner Andrew Bell, employment partner Ed Cotton, corporate partner Jon Close, financial litigation partner Tom Seabrook and commercial litigation partners John Lord
and Julien Luke.


Morgan Cole has expanded its health and social care team with the hire of two partners and nine lawyers to its Thames Valley offices. Stephen Tainsh was a senior associate at Taylor Wessing and joins Morgan Cole as a partner in Reading. He is joined at the firm by former Bevan Brittan partner Penny Rinta-Suksi, who joins the Oxford office and specialises in the health infrastructure sector, having worked on private finance initiative schemes.

Thrings has hired a partner to its private client team in Bath. Victoria Smyth joins from Clarke Willmott, where she was a senior associate. She has experience in advising families on business and succession planning matters.



De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has hired employment lawyer David Dumarché as a partner. Dumarché joins the firm from Kahn & Associés, where he headed the social law team.

Hengeler Mueller has promoted three lawyers to its partnership, effective from 1 January 2014. Frankfurt-based employment specialist Hendrik Bockenheimer, corporate lawyer Changfeng Tu in Düsseldorf and Berlin corporate specialist Jens Wenzel all join the partnership. Meanwhile, Berlin lawyers Andreas Breier and Fabian Seip and Düsseldorf-based Daniel Zimmer will become counsels.

Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling has elected Christopher Arkbrant and Emma Olnäs Fors as partners, and Anna Sukharina as a local partner, effective 1 January. Arkbrant is a Stockholm-based lawyer specialising in funds, while Olnäs Fors is a member of the firm’s M&A team in Gothenburg. Sukharina is also an M&A lawyer, based in Moscow.

Vinge has recruited IP lawyer Richard Wessman, who specialises in trademark rights. Wessmann was previously at Swedish firm
von Lode


Asia Pacific

Australian firm Minter Ellison has hired a partner each from US firm Winston & Strawn and Gide Loyrette Nouel in China. Former managing partner of Winston & Strawn’s Beijing Jem Li has joined as a partner in the firm’s Beijing office. The second new partner Rebecca Silli joins from French firm Gide’s Hong Kong office, where she was the former managing partner.

In Hong Kong, Mayer Brown JSM has added real estate partner Ricky Yiu. Yiu has more than 20 years of experience working on real estate and development matters in Hong Kongm PRC and Macau including related property acquisitions, joint ventures and finance projects. He will join Mayer Brown JSM from Baker & McKenzie in early 2014.


The bar

Tony Beswetherick is leaving Enterprise Chambers to join 20 Essex Street. Beswetherick, a junior barrister, has a commercial practice with a particular focus on insolvency and company law. He has worked He began a pupillage at 7 King’s Beach Walk in 2002 and joined Enterprise in 2006 as a tenant. 

Devereux Chambers has appointed Vince Plant as Chambers Director with executive responsibility for the management of Devereux. Plant joined Devereux in November 2010 as head of clerking services, having previously been deputy senior clerk at Fountain Court.