​Moves: 6 January 2014

Move of the week

Stephen Lloyd

Former Ashurst global corporate head Stephen Lloyd is set to join Allen & Overy as co-head of its private equity sector group. He will head the sector alongside the firm’s global leverage finance chief Tim Polglase and corporate partner Karine Kodde, who are based in London and Amsterdam respectively.



Bircham Dyson Bell has appointed two lawyers to its government and infrastructure team. Richard Marsh joins from Addleshaw Goddard, while Emily Murray joins from Field Fisher Waterhouse. Marsh has acted on large-scale energy and infrastructure projects as well as major urban regeneration developments. Murray is newly qualified.

Ashurst has appointed Simon Beddow as co-head of the corporate, commercial and competition division, replacing Stephen Lloyd, who left the firm last month. 

Simon Adam
Simon Adam

Ince & Co has named Stuart Shepherd as global head of trade, succeeding Steven Fox, who will be retiring from the partnership in April. Shepherd specialises in commodities, shipping and commercial disputes. 

RPC has appointed senior associate Simon Adam as legal director. Adam, a professional indemnity specialist, joined RPC in 2004. His practice focuses on the construction industry.

Wedlake Bell has added its fifth partner in 12 months with the hire of commercial property partner Suzanne Gill. Gill specialises in advising commercial property occupiers and investors, particularly concerning office, retail and telecoms premises. She was formerly a partner at Pinsent Masons.

Suzanne Gill
Suzanne Gill


Leeds firm Walker Morris has hired restructuring and insolvency specialist Gawain Moore as a director in its restructuring and insolvency group. He joins from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was a senior associate and based in the London office for six years.


Wiltshire firm Goughs Solicitors is continuing its recruitment drive to fill newly created roles. The firm has added chartered legal executives Lisa Quigley and Rebecca Davey in its Corsham and Trowbridge offices respectively. Quigley was previously a chartered legal executive at Foot Anstey, while Davey was a legal assistant at TLT Solicitors. Commercial solicitor Sarah Harvey also joins in Trowbridge, from Bartons Solicitors.

Clarke Willmott has named two new partners at its base in Taunton. Chris Thorne joins from Foot Anstey, where he was a partner. He specialises in acting
for victims of clinical negligence and personal injury, and is an expert in cryogenics, IVF and male fertility. Sarah Hind has been promoted as a partner and head
of the social housing finance. Hind has experience of commercial property transactions for institutional funders, public and private sector clients. 


Berwin Leighton Paisner has hired two partners from Akin Gump in Moscow to its real estate team in Russia. Akin Gump real estate head Vladislav Sourkov along with former colleagues counsel Rustam Aliev and senior associate Dmitry Maltsev will join this month. Aliev and Sourkov will join as partners.

Mason Hayes & Curran has appointed Maureen O’Neill as partner in its EU and antitrust team. O’Neill was previously a solicitor at McCann FitzGerald. She has more than 10 years’ experience in Irish, UK and European merger control, antitrust, state aid and regulatory law. 


Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has elected five partners at its New York and Washington DC offices. The are: Ross Fieldston, Brian Finnegan, Jason Janghorbani, Patrick Karsnitz in New York and Jane O’Brien in Washington DC.

Reed Smith has added George Willman as a partner in its corporate and securities group in Silicon Valley. Willman adds experience in cleantech and renewable energy to Reed Smith’s 150-plus lawyer global energy and natural resources practice, and joins from the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini.

In New York, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi has hired Paul LiCalsi as a partner in the business litigation and entertainment and media litigation practices. LiCalsi handles a variety of commercial litigation cases with the emphasis on work in the entertainment and media industries including IP, internet rights, unfair competition, publicity rights, and contract and commercial disputes. He was a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp

Middle East

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed David Baylis as its first regional head of corporate, M&A and securities in the Middle East. Baylis relocated to the region to head the Abu Dhabi office last June. 


Clayton Utz has appointed litigation partner Robert Cutler to succeed Darryl McDonough as chief executive. Based in Sydney, Cutler’s appointment will take effect from 1 July. He joined Clayton Utzin 1991 and became a partner in 1998. He served as partner in charge of the Canberra office from 2000 to 2004.


Jersey firm Dickinson Gleeson has hired Craig Swart as a partner. Swart was previously a partner at Loon & Connellan, a South African firm based in Port Elizabeth. He advises trustees, fiduciaries, settlors and beneficiaries in relation to a variety of private wealth structures. His new role will take effect from
7 January.

Cary Olsen has appointed Emma Russell as a partner in the corporate and finance group in London. Russell has experience in all areas of finance law, in particular provision of finance to funds, real estate finance and acquisition finance. She specialises in advising lenders and funds on a range of financing products across all sectors.

The bar 

Six tenants have joined 14 Gray’s Inn Square from New Court Chambers. Helen Soffa, Richard Balchin, Jay Banerji, Anne-Mari-Lucey, Ranjit Singh and Damian Stuart will boost the chambers’ private law, public law, matrimonial finance and vulnerable adults teams.