Moves: 19 May 2014

Move of the week


Dorsey & Whitney has hired Michael Cashman as a partner in the tax group. Cashman is a solicitor and a chartered accountant, and was previously head of the tax group at Kemp Little in London.



A&L Goodbody has hired Claire Morrissey as a partner in the IP and technology group. She joins from Olswang, where she was a senior associate. Prior to that she was an associate at Slaughter and May.

Weightmans has recruited Michael Ryley as a partner in its London employment team. He joins from Pinsent Masons, where he spent 15 years in a number of senior positions, including head of the London employment team.


The University of Law has appointed legal education specialist Tony King as special adviser and visiting professor. He arrives from Clifford Chance where he has held a series of roles including director of education and head of HR development. He is currently director of the Clifford Chance Academy.

Fasken Martineau has hired Sam Samaratunga as a partner in the life sciences group. Samaratunga is a dual-qualified lawyer and medical doctor. He
was previously a senior associate at Arnold & Porter.


Ashfords has recruited Stewart James to join the Bristol office as a partner in the company commercial team. Stewart was a partner at DLA Piper before working as a consultant to the Ministry of Justice.

ASB Law has hired Bernard Lazar as director of client services for the commercial client service teams. Lazar joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner, where he was client service delivery director.


Carbon Law Partners has hired Neville Catton as partner. He joins the provider from Cook & Co, where he was head of insolvency.


Pinsent Masons has appointed Aberdeen partner Katie Williams to specialise in employment law relating to international shipping and marine matters. Dual-qualified in Scotland and England, Williams joins from Mackinnons.

Brodies has hired construction partner Louise Shiels. She joins from legacy Dundas & Wilson, where she was also a partner.


K&L Gates has added Nicola Di Giovanni as a corporate and M&A partner in its Paris office. Di Giovanni joins from the Paris office of Baker & McKenzie, where he was a partner. Previously, he was a partner in the Paris and London offices of Linklaters. The firm has also hired Till Fock as a Berlin-based partner in the investment management practice. Fock joins from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, where he served as head of the financial markets team.

Hengeler Mueller partners have elected Dirk Bliesener and Georg Seyfarth as managing partners. They have been partners since 2002 and 2003, respectively. Seyfarth specialises in corporate law and M&A, while Bliesener mainly advises on banking, finance and capital markets. They will succeed Daniela Favoccia and Matthias Hentzen.

Bird & Bird has hired Philip Graff and Ulrik Fleischer as partners in its corporate and commercial practice in Denmark. Graff previously worked as general global counsel of the energy services division of AP Moller-Maersk, where he undertook M&A work in more than 30 countries. Fleischer-Michaelsen previously served as a government lawyer and was most recently a partner at Rønne & Lundgren.


Lowenstein has added Herschel Weinstein as senior counsel and vice-chair of its life sciences group in New York. He most recently served as senior vice-president and general counsel at Forest Laboratories.

Blank Rome has hired James Odell as partner in the New York office. Odell joins Blank Rome from The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, where he was managing director and head of legal. The firm has also recruited partner Carlos Ortiz in the same office. He joins from Edwards Wildman. Prior to that,
he served for five years at the Department of Justice Tax Division and 10 years at the US Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.


Middle East

King & Spalding has recruited Zaid Al-Farisi as a partner in its Riyadh and Dubai offices. Al-Farisi is rejoining King & Spalding from Confluent Law Group, an Iraqi legal consultancy, where he was a managing partner.


Norton Rose Fulbright has promoted South Africa chairman Sbu Gule to global chairman. Gule is an employment and labour partner based in Johannesburg. He takes over from Adrian Ahern, who continues as chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia and as a vice-chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright globally.


Carey Olsen’s Cayman Islands office has hired Jan Golaszewski as counsel in the dispute resolution and litigation department. He joins from Maples & Calder, where he was a partner.


A&L Goodbody has appointed five partners across a number of practice areas in its Dublin, London and Belfast offices. The newly appointed partners are Caoimhe Clarkin (commercial dispute resolution), Judith Corbett (commercial property), Richard Grey (M&A and corporate), Ronan Lyons (M&A and corporate) and Jack Sheehy (banking & finance).

Yorkshire firm Gordons has made up construction specialist Anjon Mallik to junior equity partner.

Brodies has promoted four new partners, all of whom trained at the firm. They are Tanya Macleod (real estate), Paul Marshall (public law and regulatory), Iain Rutherford (dispute resolution) and Martin Sloan (commercial services).

Irish firm McCann FitzGerald has appointed four new partners: Tom Dane (banking and financial services); Catherine Derrig (dispute resolution and litigation); Megan Anne Hooper (dispute resolution and litigation); and Shane Sweeney (real estate).

Shepherd and Wedderburn has promoted John Grady and Scott Ritchie to partner. Grady specialises in contractual and regulatory matters in the utility sectors, while Ritchie is a real estate expert and advises clients across the sector on development, landlord and tenant, asset management and investments.