Moves 17 February

Move of the week


Simon Levine is to take over the reins from Sir Nigel Knowles at DLA Piper as new co-CEO. Levine, the firm’s present managing director for groups and sectors, is the former head of DLA’s IP and technology practice group.



Ex-Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) employment head Fraser Younson will join Squire Sanders as a partner. In his seven years at BLP, Younson counted AON Corporation, Citibank, Roche, French Connection and Tesco among his clients.

DWF has made six lateral hires. The firm has hired three former Lawrence Graham partners including real estate finance partner Iain Thomas. Thomas is joined at the firm by former Wragge & Co lawyer Lorraine Reader and Stephen Sumpton who joins from Stephenson Harwood next month. It has also picked up TLT commercial services head Richard Tall and City-based associates Joe Cobley and Caroline Urban.

Ince & Co has hired Hugh O’Donovan, who will join as head of commercial aviation from Quadrant Chambers. O’Donovan is said to have been the ‘legal architect’ of easyJet, advising on its start-up and development.


Thrings has hired James Myatt and Malcolm Emery as partners. Myatt joins from Lyons Davidson, where he was a partner and head of the private client division, while Emery arrives from WBW, where he was a partner and head of the private wealth team.



Parabis has hired former Pannone Connect2Law chief executive David Jabbari. Jabbari left Pannone in December and will focus on launching a regional network and developing the consumer law offering, with the aim of creating a large-scale outsourcing business.

Knights Solicitors has hired Peter Speed as an associate. Previously, he was a self-employed accountant. He began his career in tax at KPMG.



Bury-based Clough & Willis has appointed Sally Cook as private client head. She joins from Fieldings Porter,where she was an associate solicitor and head of the private client department.

Slater & Gordon has hired associate Rachel Brown to work in its Sheffield office, providing clinical negligence legal advice. Brown joins from Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield, where she spent more than four years as an associate.


Competition partner Julian Ellison has joined Mayer Brown’s antitrust and competition team. Ellison became a partner at Ashurst in 1989and headed the Brussels office for a number of years. 

French firm Lazareff Le Bars is launching an office in Brussels with the hire of Janson Baugniet corporate partner Henri-Paul Lemaitre. Lemaitre will head the new office alongside associate Audrey Goessens.

Luxembourg firm Kleyr Grasso Associés has made a lateral partner hire from Linklaters, naming Jean-Paul Spang as its ninth partner. Spang has been a partner at Linklaters and its legacy firms in Luxembourg since 1998.

Dutch firm Stek Advocaten has hired Norton Rose Fulbright partner Herman Wamelink. Wamelink acts for both financiers and borrowers, has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, and will develop Stek’s banking and finance practice.

Linklaters has hired senior competition lawyer Nikolaos Peristerakis for its Brussels office. Peristerakis joins the magic circle firm as a counsel from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, where he held the same role.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has promoted Brussels competition lawyer Adrien Giraud to partner. His practice encompasses the full spectrum of European, French and US competition law.

Dentons’ CEE real estate head Pawel Debowski has been appointed European co-chair of the firm’s global real estate group, alongside Eric Rosedale.

Schoenherr has promoted Vienna-based partner Ursula Rath into its equity partnership. The capital markets specialist joined the equity on 1 February.

Czech firm Weinhold Legal has strengthened its expertise in labour law and litigation with the arrival of senior lawyer Anna Bartunkova. Bartunkova joins from Czech firm Holec Zuska.


Duane Morris’ Chicago office has hired litigator and education partner Lisa Scruggs. Scruggs joins from Jenner & Block, where she was founder and leader of her former firm’s education industry team.

Asia Pacific

Michael Kim is to move to Stephenson Harwood from DLA Piper. The former Seoul office head will initially be based in London as DLA applies for a licence to open in Seoul. The plan is for Kim to become managing partner of the new office. His clients include major shipyards, shipping companies, insurers and banks.


King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) has seen two IP partners exit in Melbourne to join rival Minter Ellison. IP partner Robert Cooper has left, alongside partner Wayne McMaster, who headed KWMSJB’s Australian IP and health and pharmaceuticals groups. The pair took with them a special counsel, three senior associates and four associates.


Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Donny Ching as legal director. The former barrister has been based in Rijswijk in the Netherlands as general counsel for Shell’s project and technology group since 2011. He will relocate to The Hague. Ching joined Shell in 1988, in Australia.

HSBC Holdings has hired a Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner to lead the global litigation and regulatory affairs group alongside litigation global banking and markets head Guy Nielson following the exit of incumbent Preeta Bansal. Washington DC-based partner Shawn Chen joined the bank on
10 February and will head the group with Nielson, who has been at the bank since 2009.

Lafarge Tarmac has appointed Fiona Penhallurick as general counsel and company secretary, following the departure of its former legal head to Travis Perkins last month. Penhallurick joins from renewable energy company Covanta Energy