Move of the week


Payne Hicks Beach has hired former Manches partner Rebecca Cockcroft. She joins the family department as a partner. Cockroft’s practice focuses on
all areas of family law including divorce, matrimonial finance, children, cohabitation, pre-nuptial agreements and Hague Convention cases. Her areas of specialism
include complex financial cases,particularly with an international dimension, and City-based divorces.



Lewis Silkin has recruited Wagman Adair partner and co-owner Jane Robinson as a consultant to its media, brands and technology team. Prior to her role at Wagman Adair, Jane was head of legal and business affairs at ITV Studios and Artsworld Channels (now Sky Arts).

Berwin Leighton Paisner has appointed Nicola Hopkins as a funds partner in the firm’s global corporate group. Hopkins was previously a partner at Linklaters.

Olswang has hired Andrew Besser as a real estate finance partner. He joins from Addleshaw Goddard, where he was a banking partner in the finance and projects division.

CMS Cameron McKenna has appointed Keith Wilson as head of aircraft finance and a partner in the asset finance team. He joins the firm from Berwin Leighton Paisner, where he was a partner.

Simmons & Simmons has hired information, communications and technology partner Hinal Patel. His practice covers non-contentious technology and sourcing matters, with particular experience in technology sourcing, outsourcing and general commercial contracting. He joins from DLA Piper, where he worked as a partner in London and the Middle East. The firm has also recruited funds partner Mahrie Webb. She was previously a partner at Burges Salmon, where she headed the funds practice.

The Competition and Markets Authority has hired four new legal directors. John McInnes joins from Webb Henderson, where he was a senior associate specialising in competition and regulatory issues. Jonathan Parker joins from Allen & Overy, where he was a senior associate for over six years. Chris Prevett has eight years’ experience in competition law and joins from Travers Smith, where he was a senior associate. Former Hogan Lovells senior associate Tom Smith also joins.

Eversheds has hired litigation partner Jonathan Brook, who joins the firm from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a senior associate.

Charles Russell has recruited Ashley Freeman, who joins the firm as senior counsel and will head the Islamic finance practice in the financial services team. Freeman was previously counsel at the Central Bank of Bahrain.

Fladgate has recruited Anil Rajani as a specialist in regulatory matters, governance and investigations. Rajani joins from IBB Solicitors, where he was head of business investigations and governance, and a partner since 1995.


Browne Jacobson has hired Nigel Lyons as a regulatory partner. He joins from Foot Anstey’s Plymouth office, where he was also a partner.


The Leeds office of Irwin Mitchell has announced the appointment of senior solicitor David Cowgill within its real estate team. Joining from DWF in Leeds, where he was a solicitor, Cowgill is presently the treasurer of the Leeds Law Society.

Clarion has hired Paul King as a corporate partner. King arrives from Hill Dickinson, where he held the same role.



Clifford Chance’s Prague office has named M&A partner Alex Cook as its new managing partner. A partner with the firm since 2007, Cook takes over from finance partner Vlad Petrus. Before joining Clifford Chance as counsel in 2005, Alex worked for Allen & Overy in London and Budapest.

Fidal has hired Hervé Jouanjean, former director-general at the European Commission, as of counsel.


Reed Smith has recruited Michael Yuffee as a partner in its energy and natural resources industry group, in the firm’s Washington DC office. He was formerly a partner and head of the energy practice at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.

Dykema has added Lou Chronowski as a member in the firm’s business and commercial litigation practice in Chicago. Prior to joining Dykema, he was a partner and chair of the franchise, dealer and distribution group at Seyfarth Shaw.

In Washington DC, Allen & Overy has hired John Roberti as an antitrust partner. Prior to the appointment, Roberti was a partner at Mayer Brown and previously served as an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission.

Hogan Lovells has added two new corporate partners to its San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. Nathaniel Gallon joins the Silicon Valley office. Gallon practices corporate and securities law and focuses on technology. He joins from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he was a partner in the Palo Alto office. Veronica McGregor joins the San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on payments and technology. She was formerly of counsel at Jones Day.

Sidley Austin has hired former O’Melveny & Myers partner Sam Zucker. He joins the Palo Alto office as a partner in both the life sciences and venture capital groups. Zucker focuses his practice on corporate transactions involving high-growth life sciences and healthcare technology companies.

Partner promotions

Keltie has promoted Ben Britter (trade marks) and Michael Moore (patents) to partner.

RPC has made up three to the partnership: Richard Breavington (insurance and reinsurance disputes), Ben Goodier (insurance disputes and professional indemnity)
and Lambros Kilaniotis (competition).

Dentons has promoted six partners across Europe and the Middle East. They are Mark Bassett (procurement, London), Peter Cox (corporate and commercial, Milton Keynes), Celia Hayward (restructuring and insolvency, London), Thomas Leyland (dispute resolution, London), Zaher Nammour (corporate and commercial, Doha) and Eleanor Shanks (corporate/private equity, London).

Tods Murray has promoted healthcare specialist John Elder. Elder presently heads up the firm’s healthcare team.

NautaDutilh has made up two to the partnership in Brussels – Sophie Jacmain (litigation) and Nicolas de Crombrugghe (corporate and M&A).