Moves 12 May


Move of the week

Simon Neilson-Clark

McGuire Woods has hired Simon Neilson-Clark as a restructuring and insolvency partner. He was previously a partner at DLA Piper and has 25 years’ experience representing borrowers, lenders and insolvency practitioners in distressed situations involving international structures.




Kingsley Napley has hired Zoë Sive as a private client tax partner from Baker & McKenzie, where she was a senior associate. Sive will focus on international clients.

Birgit Clark

Patent and trade mark specialist Venner Shipley has appointed Birgit Clark as partner. Clark was formerly a senior trade marks practitioner at Baker & McKenzie

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has recruited Jonathan Earle as a corporate partner. Most recently a partner with Ashurst, where he has practised since 1998, Earle will focus on cross-border M&A.

Eversheds has appointed construction and engineering disputes expert James Pickavance as a partner in its litigation team. He joins from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was a senior associate.

DAC Beachcroft has appointed partner Paul Hicks and associate Angharad Davies to its London commercial real estate team. The pair join from collapsed firm Davenport Lyons and act for retailers, restaurateurs, developers and investors. 

Nabarro has hired Candice Blackwood as a real estate partner. Blackwood joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner, where she was a partner.

IP firm EIP has recruited Sharon Daboul, a trade mark specialist, as an associate. Daboul arrives from MW Trade Marks, where she was a trade marks lawyer.

Legal education charity Pro Bono Community has hired Bill Skirrow as its first executive director. Skirrow was sales and marketing director at fundraising platform


Yeovil’s Battens has hired Robert Wright as a commercial property consultant. He was previously an associate at Stokes Partners.


Simpson Millar has hired three medical negligence associates and a medical negligence solicitor. Nick Banks joins from Fletchers Solicitors in Merseyside, where
he was a solicitor and James Thompson comes from Irwin Mitchell, where he also worked as a solicitor. Aftar Waris, previously
a solicitor at Pryers solicitors, is the third associate to join.

EIP has hired associate Tim Belcher, a chemical patent specialist for the Leeds office. Belcher spent three years with Mewburn Ellis as a patent solicitor.


DAC Beachcroft has transferred its Scottish private client team to BTO Solicitors. Partner Neil Headrick and associate Cameron Urquhart join BTO’s existing private client team in Glasgow. 


Simmons & Simmons has hired Rob Hendriks as a partner in its Amsterdam corporate team. He was formerly partner and corporate practice head at Banning Advocaten. The firm
has also appointed partner Koen Platteau in Brussels to its EU, competition and regulatory practice. Platteau joins from Olswang, where he was a partner.

Latham & Watkins has hired Fernando Mantilla-Serrano as a partner and global co-chair of the international arbitration practice. Mantilla-Serrano has a focus on the oil and gas, power, natural resources, construction, manufacturing and automotive industries, and will be based in Paris. He arrives from Shearman & Sterling, where he was an international arbitration partner.


In New York, Mayer Brown has hired (Henry) Hong Liu as a partner in the banking and finance practice. Previously, he was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he served as financial institutions and infrastructure team leader for Asia and Greater China.

Kathryn Hellings will join Hogan Lovells as a partner in its antitrust and fraud groups. Hellings specialises in cartels and joins after serving nearly 11 years with the Department of Justice’s national criminal enforcement section, antitrust division.

Montgomery McCracken has hired Jonathan Flora for the tax practice in Philadelphia. Flora was previously a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.

Mythili Raman, most recently acting assistant attorney general for the criminal division at the Department of Justice, is joining Covington & Burling as a partner. Raman will practice in the litigation and white-collar
crime groups.


Bristows has made up Dominic Adair (patent litigation and life sciences), Jeremy Blum (brands litigation) and Adrian Sim (digital media) to its partnership.

EMW has promoted four lawyers to principal, including non-lawyer Karen Voller, now the firm’s revenue and risk manager. Aimee Barrable is now a real estate principal, as is Minal Thakarar. Jody Bingham is now a banking and finance principal.

In Scotland, Gillespie Macandrew has made up James Mackinnon (private client), Claire Reed (energy), Evalyn Lee (energy) and Colin Hamilton (planning litigation) from senior solicitor to associate. The firm also promoted Amy Barrie (energy), Michelle McNeill (private client), Victoria Watson (commercial property) and Fiona Cameron (litigation) from solicitor to senior solicitor.

Shoosmiths has promoted four associates. Sean Adams and Jenny Ogden (recoveries services), Paula Rome (employment) and Matthew Walker (real estate) join the partnership.

Capsticks has promoted Victoria Watson (employment) and James Penry-Davey (professional discipline) to partners.

Blake Lapthorn has made up clinical negligence solicitor Kym Provan to partner. Provan trained with the firm and qualified in 2004 as a specialist clinical negligence solicitor.

Kingsley Napley has promoted four lawyers to partner: Richard Lodge (clinical negligence), Jill Lorimer and David Sleight (criminal litigation), and Julie Matheson (regulatory and professional discipline).

Parabis has made up 12 lawyers to its partnership nationwide. The new partners are drawn from its three member firms, Plexus Law, Greenwoods and Cogent Law. Gary Beazleigh (personal injury), Megan Galliet (disease), Lorien Helm (motor), Claire Dinoff (motor), Marise Gellert (property risks and coverage), Neil Kochane (disease), Paul Langley (injury), Simon Lindsey (disease/public liability), Simon Martin (motor/employers’ liability), Emma Myers (private client), Paul Phillips (catastrophic injury) and Anna Pickering (fraud and litigation) are all promoted to partner.