Moves 9 September

Move of the week


Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed partner Elisabeth Bremner to its dispute resolution and litigation practice. Bremner joins from DLA Piper, where she was a partner, and specialises in regulatory investigations in the financial services sector. Her experience includes investigating allegations of insider dealing, market abuse and trader mis-marking in the investment banking and hedge fund sectors.




Jon Oakley has joined Michael Simkins as an associate from Schillings, where he was a senior associate. (Michael Simkins does not have senior associates, only associates and partners.) He specialises in reputation protection and crisis management for companies and high-profile individuals. Oakley’s clients have included Tullett Prebon, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and Roman Abramovich. 

Stewarts Law has hired Stewart Young. He joins the clinical negligence team as a solicitor. Young trained at Blake Lapthorn and qualified with the firm in 2010. He began his career in the professional regulatory department acting on behalf of healthcare regulators such as the General Medical Council, before specialising in clinical negligence. He has dealt with a wide range of claims and been involved in a number of successful settlements of catastrophic injury cases.


Davenport Lyons has hired IP specialist Gavin Llewellyn as a partner. An IP litigator, he has specialised mainly in copyright, design, trade mark, and passing off work as well as internet-related IP liabilities and database rights. He joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner.

DLA Piper has appointed Ronan Mellon as a partner in the structured finance team, part of the finance and projects group. He will be based in the London office and was previously an associate in the capital markets group at White & Case for 10 years, when he was seconded to Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas.

London family firm Josiah-Lake Gardiner has hired consultant Margaret Kelly. Kelly joins from Slater & Gordon, where she was family practice head.

Clarke Willmott has hired Ross Lloyd as a solicitor in its housing management team. He will be based in the London office and is an experienced social housing landlord litigation lawyer, specialising in possession claims. He joins from Batchelors Solicitors and, prior to that, trained at Devonshires.

Lawrence Graham has hired partner Judith Gershon from Davenport Lyons. Gershon specialises in real estate finance including debt, mezzanine and equity finance, bilateral and syndicated lending. Before joining Davenport Lyons in 2009 she led the real estate finance team at Eversheds in Birmingham. The firm has also hired Adam Strong from Mayer Brown as a partner in its dispute resolution group. Strong specialises in insurance and reinsurance, dispute resolution and policy advisory work. He joins from being a senior associate in Mayer Brown’s insurance and reinsurance team.

Russell-Cooke has hired private client partner Rebecca Fisher. Fisher joins from Morrisons Solicitors, where she was head of private client in Wimbledon and deputy head of private client firmwide. Her expertise includes advising on all aspects of private client law including administration of estates, trust creation and administration, and powers of attorney.


Real estate partner Doug Masson has returned to Howes Percival. Masson was a partner at Howes Percival until 2008, and a partner at Baker & McKenzie before that. He is a specialist in the resolution of building and engineering disputes and advises on the drafting of contracts, warranties, professional appointments and bonds, and related insurance matters. He joins the firm’s Northampton office.

Taylor Vinters has named Dominic Holmes as an associate in its employment team. He joins from Olswang and focuses on employment litigation, TUPE, contractual issues and disability discrimination.


BTO Solicitors has expanded its commercial property team with the appointment of two partners from DWF Biggart Baillie. Scott Buchan and Peter Graham both have over 20 years’ commercial property experience across many sectors.


In Düsseldorf CMS Hasche Sigle has hired energy partner Thomas Brunn from Clifford Chance. He will strengthen the energy team, working alongside Friedrich von Burchard and Shaghayegh Smousavi, another lateral hire from Clifford Chance who started with CMS as a partner in July.


Luke Havemann has joined South Africa’s ENS’ oil and gas team as a senior associate from his own firm, Havemann Inc, which advised clients in the oil and gas sectors.

Asia Pacific

Pinsent Masons has appointed three new fee-earners to its construction and projects team in Hong Kong. Associate Tim Hallworth, solicitor Hinson Cheung and associate Karah Howard join from Minter Ellison in Hong Kong, Herbert Smith Freehills in Tokyo and Chan & Associates in Hong Kong. Hallworth trained with Pinsent Masons’ Hong Kong office five years ago. This month senior associate Joanna Seetoh will transfer from the Singapore office, having worked at Pinsent Masons MPillay since June 2011.

Ropes & Gray has hired former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton counsel Jaewoo Lee as a partner for its Seoul office. Lee, who resides in Hong Kong, will continue to be based there until he obtains a licence to practice in Korea as a foreign counsel. He focuses on corporate matters.


Clayton Utz has lured back a securitisation partner from Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Sydney office. Sonia Goumenis was one of the 13 partners who left to launch A&O’s Australian offices in 2010. She focuses on covered bonds, derivatives, structured finance
and bond issuances.

HWL Ebsworth has appointed David Guthrie as a partner in its Melbourne insurance team. He joins from Norton Rose Fulbright’s Melbourne office, where he was a special counsel. He acts in claims for personal injury damages, property damage and economic loss.