Taylor Wessing has hired Vinod Bange from Speechly Bircham as a partner in the data protection practice.

Vinod Bange
Vinod Bange

Move of the week

Bange joins partners Graham Hann, Christopher ­Jeffery and Glyn Morgan and ­analyst Sally Annereau in the team. He was previously head of data privacy at Eversheds’ London office, where he was a senior associate. Taylor Wessing IT, ­telecoms and competition head Morgan said: “[Bange’s] ­arrival will not only strengthen our ­current team, but will help us to address the increasing volumes of work in this area.”



Global insurer RSA has appointed Will Bloomer to the new role of UK head of litigation. Bloomer, who is currently general counsel at insurance intermediary Gallagher Heath, will oversee the firm’s litigation management, reporting to UK general counsel Neville Howe.

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has given its London projects team a boost, hiring an equity partner from Allen & Overy. Andrei Baev joins BLP as a partner in the projects group. A native Russian, he will be based in London but will also have
a desk in Moscow.

Italy’s Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has relocated finance partner Raimondo Premonte to London. Premonte will head a newly formed corporate finance department in the City and be the second partner at Gianni Origoni
in London, joining capital markets partner Marco Zaccagnini, who heads the office.

Maclay Murray & Spens (MMS) has sealed a lateral partner hire and two internal partner promotions. The moves see Wayne O’Neil join MMS’ corporate team from Rosenblatt, and the promotion of commercial property lawyer Alex Coulter alongside litigation solicitor advocate Euan Palmer.

Defendant insurance firm Plexus Law has announced two reinsurance and speciality hires. Ken Silk, who specialises in marine, aviation, transport and specie claims, along with reinsurance and coverage specialist Graham Brown, have both joined from Davies Arnold Cooper (now DAC Beachcroft).

South West

Wilsons has welcomed associate Nicola Horrocks, who joins the agriculture team in Bristol from Burges Salmon. Horrocks’ practice comprises non-contentious agricultural matters including the creation and dissolution of partnerships, farming structures and diversification schemes.


Birmingham lawyer Bernard Shepherd has joined Blakemores as a consultant. He has spent the past four years as a consultant to law firm Gateley. He will assist Blakemores with the national rollout of its Lawyers2You brand.


Douglas Blyth has rejoined Maclay Murray & Spens’ Glasgow commercial dispute resolution team after two years at HBJ Gateley. Blyth has a track record in commercial litigation, dispute resolution and mediation.


Weil Gotshal & Manges has bolstered its Paris practice with the hire of Gide Loyrette Nouel partner David Melamed. He focuses on finance and investment funds, and acts for financial sponsors, issuers and borrowers on transactions and financing.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made a rare hire from one of France’s top independent firms, taking corporate lawyer Hervé Pisani from Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier. Pisani will take over from Fabrice Cohen as head of corporate and will also join the international corporate leadership team.

International dispute resolution lawyer Hans Bagner has joined MAQS’ litigation department in Stockholm. Bagner comes from niche litigation outfit Frank Advokatbyrå in Stockholm. He was one of the founding partners of Swedish firm Vinge.

Romania’s Tuca Zbârcea & Asociatii has made 10 internal promotions. The firm has made up seven lawyers to managing associate and three to senior associate. Anca Jurcovan, Oana Gavrila, Mihaela Maxim, Oana Cornescu, Raluca Misu, Dragoş Apostol and Dominic Morega are now managing associates. The new senior associates are Geanina Tache,Alexandru Anghel and Oana Mina.


Corporate restructuring lawyer Dominic Emmett has joined Gilbert + Tobin as a partner in its restructuring and insolvency group in Sydney. Emmett specialises in non-contentious restructuring and insolvency work and joins from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, where he was a partner.

HWL Ebsworth has netted Michael Mammen as a partner for its Melbourne property team. He joins from Macpherson & Kelley.


King & Spalding has appointed London partner Garry Pegg to its 10-strong policy committee. Pegg is the former managing partner of legacy firm Hogan & Hartson’s London office. He joined King & Spalding in July 2010 after quitting the merged Hogan Lovells.

Three lawyers from Weintraub Stock have joined Jackson Lewis’ Memphis office. Labour law practitioner James Stock joins as a partner and is accompanied by Robbin Hutton and Carrie Kinsella, who join as of counsel and associate, respectively.


Ogier has appointed Sarah Fitz as chairman of the Ogier Group as of 1 February. She has been with the firm for over 24 years and will replace chairman Clive Chaplin, who is retiring. Fitz is head of the personal law group. She specialises in criminal and family matters and undertakes prosecutions on behalf of the Crown.

Walkers has hired a new managing partner for its Hong Kong office while boosting its presence in the region with the relocation of its global funds head. Andy Randall, who has worked in the Hong Kong office since 2004, will take over from Guy Locke as managing partner of the office. Locke is returning to the Cayman Islands to become office managing partner there. Global investment funds head Rod Palmer is relocating to Hong Kong to strengthen the office.

The bar

6 King’s Bench Walk barrister David Green QC is to become director of the SFO. He joins the SFO in April and will hold the post of director for four years.