Moves: 17 March 2014

Move of the week


Herbert Smith Freehills has added Deutsche Bank’s compliance, government and regulatory affairs chief Andrew Procter to its financial services regulatory practice. Procter will join the firm’s London office in June, stepping away from an in-house career that previously saw him head up the enforcement division of the UK Financial Services Authority. He joined Deutsche Bank in 2005.



Morgan Lewis & Bockius has hired partner Tom Cartwright from Taylor Wessing to launch a private equity practice in London.

US firm Pillsbury has bolstered its English law capability with the hire of a five-lawyer transportation finance team from the London office of DLA Piper, including partners Graham Tyler, the former head of the asset finance practice, and Debra Erni.

Allen & Overy has hired a second partner from Ashurst, Karan Dinamani, to boost its private equity practice, following the recent appointment of Stephen Lloyd as private equity sector group co-head. Dinamani joins from Ashurst’s London office, where he was a partner in the corporate department.

DLA Piper has turned to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in London for litigation partners Tony Katz and Sam Millar.

Philadelphia-based insurance firm Cozen O’Connor has refocused its London strategy with partner hires from Edwards Wildman Palmer and RPC. Edwards Wildman aerospace reinsurance partner Mark Meyer and RPC insurance partner Paul Dowsey both join the City office.

NCTM Studio Legale Associato has hired Bonelli Erede Pappalardo partner Andrea de Tomas for its London office, where he will be part of the banking and finance department. 

US firm Covington & Burling has hired two lawyers for its arbitration practice in London. William Lowery and Catherine Westcott have both moved from CMS Cameron McKenna.


Browne Jacobson has promoted 13 lawyers to associate across several practices in its Birmingham, London and Nottingham offices. Tina Robinson, Ryan Harrison and Sophie Hutton are promoted in Birmingham; Giles Parsons and Elish Kennedy in London; and Laura Roberts, Claire Egerton, Heather Mitchell, Ben Bentley, Amelia Newbold, Amanda Wright-Kluger, Gabor Taller and Suki Tonks in Nottingham.

Kimbells Freeth has recruited Kirsten Rimmer as a senior associate in its real estate team. Rimmer joins from Harpenden firm Perrins.


DAC Beachcroft has appointed commercial contracts partner Ruth Connorton as a partner in its Newcastle office. Connorton joins from Eversheds, where she was head of procurement law. Eversheds lawyers Alison Walton and Hannah Chapelhow and legal executive Louise Brown are also moving to DAC Beachcroft.

Ben Gent and Maria Repanos have joined Manchester-based personal injury firm Express Solicitors as partners in its clinical negligence department. Gent joins from Simpson Millar, where he was a partner, while Repanos was an associate at
Irwin Mitchell.


Bristol firm Temple Bright has hired Clarke Willmott partner Phil Winterborne to head its insolvency and turnaround practice.

Battens Solicitors has hired associate Mala Mandalia for its family team. Mandalia joins from Wolferstans.



Biggart Baillie’s former senior partner Murray Shaw has joined Gillespie Macandrew as a planning and construction partner. Shaw was chairman and senior partner of Biggart Baillie when the firm merged with DWF in 2012.

Brodies has hired a duo of private client and charity partners from Maclay Murray & Spens. Norman Kennedy and Alan Eccles join Brodies’ Glasgow office.


Clarke Willmott has hired Eversheds principal associate Vicky Kells as a partner in its Cardiff social housing team.


Competition and EU partner Efthymios Bourtzalas has left Ashurst’s Brussels outpost to join Bird & Bird’s office in the city.

King & Spalding has established a Paris tax practice with the addition of partner Aurélia de Viry, a specialist in French real estate and corporate tax law. De Viry joins King & Spalding from Clifford Chance, where she was a counsel.

Middle East

Reed Smith has strengthened its Abu Dhabi office with the hire of corporate partner Maher Al Mannaee. Al Mannaee was formerly legal counsel at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore and Dubai.

CMS is launching in Oman, its second Middle Eastern office, hiring consultants Ben Ewing and Amur Al Rashdi from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and local firm Khalifa Al Hinai respectively. Partners Stephen Millar and Dubai managing partner Matthew Culver will also work in the office.


Reed Smith Richards Butler has hired Ince & Co shipping lawyer Terry Floyd as a counsel in its Hong Kong office.


Radiant Law has launched a Cape Town office with the hire of Latham & Watkins counsel Justin Cornish. Cornish joins with Karien Holtzkampf and Nadia Cassiem, who were in-house at technology company Clickatell and lender Cassiem respectively, and Denae Engelbrecht, previously a lawyer at South African firm Von Lieres Cooper Barlow & Hangone.


Webber Wentzel has made a raft of partner hires to strengthen its oil and gas team. The firm has recruited Owen Tobias and Candice Gabriel from oil company PetroSA, where Tobias was general counsel and Gabriel a senior legal adviser. Pulane Kingston is moving from investment company Sphere Holdings, where she was a founder and non-executive chair. Kenny Paton has joined from Bond Dickinson’s Aberdeen office.


Betfair’s former legal director Justin Hubble has resurfaced at online loans company in the role of legal vice-president. Hubble left the gambling company in January.