Moves: 3 February 2014

Move of the week


The co-head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ advocacy unit Murray Rosen QC has retired from the firm to return to the bar. His resignation comes weeks after the firm hired Maitland Chambers silk Tom Leech QC. Rosen had acted for legacy Herbert Smith more than 50 times before he launched the unit in 2005, alongside co-head Ian Gatt QC, who joined from Littleton Chambers. Gatt will continue to head up the unit at Exchange House. 




Edwards Wildman has hired James Crabtree as a partner in its insurance and reinsurance department. Crabtreejoins from Taylor Wessing, where he was head of the international insurance group. He advises on claims and coverage disputes, often with an international element, in arbitration and litigation. 

Jan Putnis has taken over the reins of Slaughter and May’s financial regulation group head after the Ruth Fox, Slaughters’ first female partner, retired after 37 years at the firm. Fox joined as a trainee in 1977 and joined the banking group partnership in 1986, before establishing its financial regulation group a decade later.


Leeds firm Clarion has appointed John Robinson as a partner in its employment team, from Eversheds, where she was a principal associate.


Irwin Mitchell has appointed Mark Evans as an associate solicitor in its Sheffield office. Evans joins from Nabarro and specialises in advising on aspects of commercial contracts.

Hull firm James Legal has appointed Kelly-Marie Bannister as a commercial property solicitor. She joins from Hull-based QualitySolicitors Lockings, where she held the same role.

Weightmans has hired two partners to launch a real estate team in Leicester. Richard Osborn and Sophie Philippon-Thomas join from Freeth Cartwright


Barclays’ vice-president for wealth and investment management has returned to Tods Murray after two years in-house. Iain Wishart rejoins as head of its real estate finance team after leaving two years ago for Barclays. He replaces outgoing partner Roddy Maclennan.


Dentons partners have unanimously elected partner Evan Lazar as chair of the firm’s European board. Evan Lazar replaces fellow legacy Salans partner François Chateau in the role. Chateau is also Dentons’ global vice-chair and will continue in that position.

French boutique Lacourte Raquin Tatar has bolstered its team with two partners. Cédric Bonnet, who left Gide Loyrette Nouel in 2005 to take responsibility for RBS’s French operations, has become a partner in the banking and finance team. The firm has also recruited Gide real estate finance associate Emilie Capron as a partner.

Luxembourg’s Kleyr Grasso Associés has made a hire from Linklaters, appointing Jean-Paul Spang as its ninth partner. He has been a partner at Linklaters and
its legacy firms in Luxembourg since 1998.

Sorainen has recruited competition lawyer Ieva Azanda as a partner and head of the Latvian competition and regulatory team. Azanda has moved from Latvia firm Spigulis Kukainis & Azanda.


King & Spalding has enhanced its SEC enforcement and white-collar crime practices with the addition of partners Dixie Johnson in Washington DC and William Johnson in New York. The two join from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, where they co-headed the SEC enforcement and white-collar crime defence groups.


Asia Pacific

Sparke Helmore has promoted Daniel Atkin and Wayne Kaplan to partner. Atkin is part of the M&A and private equity team, while Kaplanis on the property team. 

DLA Piper has added Hong Kong partner Mark Fairbairn and Singapore of counsel Ashley Bell to its restructuring group, both joining from O’Melveny & Myers.

Reed Smith has become the latest international firm to open an office in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana. The US firm launched its first office in Central Asia with the hire of two corporate partners, Vladimir Shuster and Arman Tastanbekov, joining from Morgan Lewis and White & Case respectively. Both were at Dewey & Leboeuf’s Almaty office until the firm’s dramatic collapse last May.

Slaughter and May has made its first lateral hire in Asia with the addition of Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) co-head of China capital markets John Moore. Moore joined MoFo from legacy Herbert Smith in 2011, where he was co-head of China capital markets. 


Middle East


King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has appointed Tom Calnan to head its Middle East real estate group. Calnan joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner and will be based in the firm’s Dubai office.



Travel giant Tui has hired a new general counsel for its group HQ in Hanover, appointing former Clifford Chance lawyer Hilka Schneider. Schneider will replace outgoing general counsel Andreas Göhmann, who is retiring.

PwC Legal has promoted Shirely Brookes to senior partner. She focuses on mid-tier private company clients and has been with PwC legal for 14 years, having joined from Stephenson Harwood.

Investment management company CBRE Global Investors has promoted its deputy Emea general counsel Anja Ijlstra to the position of general counsel for the region. Ijlstra replaces Fabrice Rochu, who passed away last November.


The bar

Brick Court Chambers has welcomed Jeremy Gauntlett SC as a tenant. He is a former chairman of the general council of the bar in South Africa and has been involved in many leading cases in South Africa and elsewhere in Southern Africa.

CMS Cameron McKenna construction disputes head Rupert Choat is to move back to Atkin Chambers on a full-time basis on
1 March. The partner and solicitor-advocate was made CMS head of construction disputes in 2011 and is deputy head of the real estate and construction sector.