Moves: 24 March 2014

Move of the week


Eversheds has hired Ashurst London pensions head Steven Hull. He is expected to join the firm’s City office on 1 May. Hull specialises in pension scheme reorganisations and mergers, deficit reduction strategies and scheme funding negotiations, changing and closing benefit structures.




DLA Piper has appointed Paul Gray as a partner in the real estate finance team. He joins from Sidley Austin, where he was a senior associate in the global finance group.

Collyer Bristow has recruited private client tax specialist William Hancock from Speechly Bircham, where he was a partner. It has also appointed family law practitioner Sue Breen from Hodge Jones & Allen as a consultant.

Field Fisher Waterhouse has hired former Simmons & Simmons partner Philip Abbott as a finance partner. He has a focus on funds finance, real estate finance and restructuring.

TLT has recruited financial services regulatory partner Emily Benson to its City office. Benson joins from Kinetic Partners where she led the retail conduct and financial crime specialisms. She previously worked in-house at Santander and spent five years in the Financial Services Authority’s enforcement division.

Winckworth Sherwood has created a tax team following the appointment of tax partner Simon Newsham. Newsham previously led his own boutique tax law practice, Newsham Tax Solicitors, for seven years and was head of tax at Dorsey & Whitney in London.


The London Solicitors Litigation Association has elected commercial litigation specialist John Bramhall as president. Bramhall, a partner at DAC Beachcroft, takes over from Russell-Cooke’s Francesca Kaye.

Law Society chief executive Des Hudson is to stand down this summer. His move follows mounting pressure from criminal law solicitors for him to resign over
the legal aid row.  


Spratt Endicott has promoted the following solicitors to associate: Catherine O’Riordan (company commercial); operations manager Steve McDonnell (debt recovery); Nicola Muir (residential property department); Kyle Wyness (contentious property); head of family law Patrick Mulcare; and Graham Roberts (property).

Moore Blatch’s Lymington office has appointed Fiona Heald as a senior solicitor to head its Court of Protection team. She will be responsible for looking after the interests of vulnerable people and working with elderly people and their carers.


Brabners has hired Oliver Andrews as a solicitor in its dispute resolution team and Jonathon Waterhouse as a solicitor in its real estate team. They join the Preston office from Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand and Napthens respectively. 

The Sheffield office of Irwin Mitchell has appointed associate James Foster. He moves from Pinsent Masons in Leeds, where he was also an associate.

Jackson & Canter has hired two new family solicitors in Liverpool. Haley Farrell has joined the team from the Berkson Globe Partnership, where she had been a solicitor since 2005, while Gemma Ellison has qualified into the family department.

Maxwell Hodge has appointed two solicitors to its conveyancing team. Carole Carr has joined from Butcher Barlow Solicitors in Manchester and Alison Love from Keith Parks Solicitors, where she was a residential conveyancing solicitor.


In Dublin, Dechert has added Mark Browne as a partner with its financial services group. He joins from Mason Hayes & Curran

Three Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer arbitrators have left to launch a boutique. Cologne-based partner Christian Borris is leaving in the next month to launch Borris Hennecke Kneisel with Frankfurt partner Sebastian Kneisel and associate Rudolph Hennecke. Hennecke and Kneisel have already left the firm and the
three will launch the boutique in May.

Clifford Chance Badea has appointed Loredana Ralea as counsel. Ralea has previously worked at firms including CMS and Gide Loyrette Nouel. She focuses on corporate law.

Austria’s Binder Grösswang has promoted banking and finance lawyer Stephan Heckenthaler and corporate specialist Markus Uitz to its partnership. The firm has also hired corporate lawyer Martin Frenzel. Frenzel joins from Schoenherr.

Wolf Theiss has hired Linklaters’ former German HR head Hubert Beykirch as chief HR officer, replacing Barbara Stimpfl-Abele who is on maternity leave. Beykirch was most recently an independent HR consultant.


Paul Hastings’ New York office has hired John Cobb as a leveraged finance partner. Cobb joins from Weil Gotshal & Manges, where he was a partner with the capital markets and banking and finance practices. 

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired William ‘Butch’ Cullen and Janet Barbiere. The pair have joined as partners in the structured finance practice and are resident in New York. They were partners at Kaye Scholer.

K&L Gates has hired Michael Verga as a partner in Washington DC. He joins the IP procurement and portfolio management practice from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.


In San Francisco Holland & Knight has hired partner Tara Kaushik who was formerly a lawyer at Manatt Phelps & Phillips in the city.


Clyde & Co has added George Karayannides as a litigation partner in the Toronto office. He joins from Heenan Blaikie, where he was a partner in the firm’s commercial litigation group.

Asia Pacific

Rajah & Tann has hired Marae Ciantar, formerly of Allens. Ciantar was the last Singapore-based partner of the Australian firm and has joined the local to head its energy and resource practice. At Allens, he was Indochina practice head.

In house

Property developer Candy & Candy has appointed former Slaughter and May partner Dermot Rice, who left the firm in November. The real estate partner, who joined Slaughters in 1986, will join Candy & Candy as a director in May.