Moves 21 April

SGH Martineau has added partner Neale Downes to its banking team. He joins from Taylor Wessing, where he was a partner

Move of the week


SGH Martineau has added partner Neale Downes to its banking team. He joins from Taylor Wessing, where he was a partner. Prior to that he was with Trowers & Hamlins as regional head of banking, based in Bahrain.




Morgan Lewis has hired Bird & Bird corporate partner Stephen Walters. Walters, who was formerly a Dewey & LeBoeuf partner in Paris, joined Bird & Bird prior to the US firm’s collapse in May 2012.

Dentons has hired Baker Botts partner Dominic Pellew to its international arbitration group in Russia and London. Pellew, who is dual-qualified in the UK and France as well as being a Russian speaker, will join partners Liz Tout and Michelle Bradfield in London, and Mikhail Ivanov in St Petersburg.

Wragge & Co has hired former Irwin Mitchell London employment head John Hayes. Hayes will join the employment team as a partner ahead of the merger with Lawrence Graham.

PwC Legal has hired former Field Fisher Waterhouse data protection and privacy partner Stewart Room to lead its cyber and data security offering. 

Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired Andrew Wilkinson to head its European restructuring team. Wilkinson will join the US firm at the end of this month. He was formerly co-head of European restructuring at Goldman Sachs. Before that he launched Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s London office. 

Weightmans has hired Rachel Kneale as a partner and head of London clinical negligence. Kneale joins from Hempsons, where she was a partner.

Litigation finance provider Burford Capital has hired Nick Rowles-Davies as managing director. Rowles-Davies previously led origination and underwriting activities at Vannin Capital

Bird & Bird has hired Mark Holah as a partner. He was formerly head of trademark law at Field Fisher Waterhouse.



Nick McDonald has joined Nelsons Solicitors as an IP and IT partner. He joins from Browne Jacobson, where he was an associate.

Irwin Mitchell has hired IP consultant Katrina Burchell, formerly IP director at designer brand owner Kering and Unilever, to its IP practice. 

Square One Law hired Ashraf Ali as an associate in its corporate commercial team from the Manchester office of Laytons, where he was a solicitor.

Dominic Higham has joined Clarion’s dispute resolution team as a partner. He joins from DLA Piper in Leeds, where he was a legal director in the disputes team.

In York, Neil Lieberman has joined LCF Law as a consultant after running his own practice, Lieberman, in the city.


Burness Paull has appointed Craig Whelton as a partner in its planning team. Whelton joins from Burges Salmon, where he was a senior associate.


In Paris, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Ben Juratowitch as co-head of its public international law group. Juratowitch has represented Chile and is currently representing Belize in a dispute with Guatemala. 


The Chicago office of K&L Gates has added Vivek Bhatt as a partner in its debt capital markets practice. Bhatt joins K&L Gates from Vedder Price, where he was a partner/shareholder.

Middle East

Baker & McKenzie has hired banking and finance lawyer Basel Barakat as a partner. He joins from Saudi Arabian firm, The Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni.


Bowman Gilfillan has hired Jason Wilkinson as a director in its corporate department, who moves from Debevoise & Plimpton in London, where he was an associate. 

Asia Pacific

K&L Gates has hired Frank Voon as a partner in its corporate and M&A practice in Beijing. Voon was previously a counsel at Allen & Overy’s Beijing office.

Pinsent Masons has added Helena Chen to its infrastructure group in Beijing. Chen joins from Taiwanese firm Formosan Brothers, where she founded the construction team in 2002. Her practice focuses on construction and dispute resolution, particularly in the area of arbitration.

Loeb & Loeb has recruited capital markets lawyer Jae Chul Lee as a partner in Hong Kong. Lee will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong associate firm Pang & Co. Lee was previously a partner of DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office. He mainly advises Korean companies and financial institutions in a range of corporate and financing transactions, as well as debt capital markets deals.


DLA Piper has added employment partner Brett Feltham to its Sydney office. He joins from Hunt & Hunt


Harneys has hired senior associate Ian Montgomery, who will be based in the British Virgin Islands office and comes from Pinsent Masons, where he was an associate. 

Partner promotions

In London, Fenwick Elliot has promoted David Beeb (projects) and Thomas Young (contentious energy) to partner.


Gordons has made Simon Glazebrook (private client) up to partner.

Yorkshire firm Chadwick Lawrence has promoted Tim Welton as a disputes resolution partner. He joined Chadwick Lawrence in 1996 as a paralegal in the criminal department and has been with the firm ever since.

Offshore firm Appleby has made Isle of Man litigator Caren Pegg (née Hyde) up to partner. Keith Robinson has become a litigation and insolvency partner in Bermuda.