Moves 7 April

Move of the week

Squire Sanders has recruited Michelle Chen as partner in its global corporate group. She was previously director of China business at Berwin Leighton Paisner and before that was an of counsel at the same firm. Chen is dual-qualified and advises on foreign direct investment into China and on Chinese outbound investment into the UK.



O’Melveny & Myers has hired Daniel Oates as an M&A partner. He joins from Kirkland & Ellis, where he was a partner. He trained at Slaughter and May.

Minns Shearer
Minns Shearer

Gordon Dadds has hired solicitor Daisy Minns Shearer, who joins from family practice Camilla Baldwin, where she was a solicitor. 

DWF has recruited partner Tim Leeson and director David Willbe to its corporate team in the City. Both join from the London office of US firm Crowell & Moring

Norton Rose Fulbright has hired David Stevens, who will join the London team as a disputes partner specialising in contentious real estate. He joins from Maples Teesdale, where he was a partner. 

Ashfords has hired Jon Bola and Paul Barnes for its London office. Bola joins the real estate practice from Allen & Overy, where he was a senior associate. Barnes joins from Gordon Dadds, where he was a partner. 


Employment partner Simon Gilmour is to join SGH Martineau from Shakespeares, where he headed the employment team. Gilmour focuses on contentious employment and has advised on issues relating to large-scale redundancies and complex corporate restructuring projects.

Cheltenham-based Knights Solicitors has appointed three new partners. Construction partner Tom Phillips has joined from Devonshires, where he was a solicitor. Mike Waring also becomes a construction partner and relocates from Osborne Clarke in Bristol. Real estate and clean energy partner Harriet Murray Jones joins from Eversheds’ Cardiff office, where she was a senior associate.


In Liverpool, IP solicitor Paul Edels has joined the commercial law team at Morecrofts Solicitors. He joins from Brown Turner Ross.

DAC Beachcroft has recruited commercial contracts partner Ruth Connorton to its Newcastle office. She joins from Eversheds, where she was head of procurement law. 

Bond Dickinson has recruited casualty risks team director Paul Hughes. He will be based in the firm’s Newcastle office and has joined from DWF, where he was a partner. 

Emsleys Solicitors has appointed Angela Macready as head of commercial property. She joins from Ison Harrison Solicitors, where she was a solicitor.

Vincents Solictors has appointed commercial litigation solicitor Stephen Topping to its Preston office. Topping was previously a solicitor at Dickson Haslam.

Eversheds has hired Claire Sharf as a legal director. Sharf previously worked for Pinsent Masons where she spent 12 years in the firm’s restructuring team. 

The senior partner of Atherton Godfrey Solicitors in Doncaster, Charles Godfrey, is to retire from the business after a legal career spanning more than 40 years. He established the firm eight years after becoming an articled clerk
in 1971. 


Brodies has hired private client and charity law partners Norman Kennedy and Alan Eccles. Both will join the Glasgow office from Maclay Murray & Spens, where they are partners.


Former King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin partners Frank Vogel and Jan Dirk Heerma have left to establish their own capital transactional boutique.

NCTM has promoted four lawyers to salaried partner. Giovanni de’ Capitani, Andrea Mantellini, Michele Motta and Michele Zucca are all made up. De’ Capitani focuses on banking and finance, Motta on corporate law, and Mantellini is a tax specialist. Zucca has a broad field of practice.

K&L Gates has hired Bird & Bird partner Arturo Meglio as a partner in its Milan corporate practice. Meglio advises public and private companies, private equity funds and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border M&A, and other transactions.


Mayer Brown has hired Matthew Rossi as a Washington DC partner in its securities litigation and enforcement group. Rossi joins from the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division, where he was assistant chief litigation counsel, primarily investigating violations of federal securities law.

Holland & Knight’s New York office has recruited Norberto Quintana as a partner in the financial services practice area. Quintana joins from Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, where he was a partner.

Jackson Lewis has hired Robert Peabody, who joins the firm’s New York City office as of counsel. Peabody, who joins the firm from Collora in Boston, focuses on representing companies in white-collar criminal and civil matters. 

Middle East

Norton Rose Fulbright has moved London head of real estate disputes partner Charlotte Bijlani to Dubai, expanding its disputes practice in the Middle East.

The Lawyer’s pick of the promotions round

 Burges Salmon has prioritised women and finance work in this year’s promotions round, with four lawyers, two of them female, joining the partnership – one more than last year. All four have been made up in Bristol. They are: Luke Bowery in employment; Sian Edmunds in dispute resolution; Rachael Ruane in banking and finance and Tom Dunn in funds and financial services.

Slaughter and May has made up seven associates to partner in London. This year the firm’s competition group is to welcome two new partners, Jordan Ellison and Anna Lyle-Smythe. Another five practice streams will add a new partner apiece – Jonathan Clark in dispute resolution, Susannah Macknay in corporate, Azadeh Nassiri in financing, Dominic Robertson in tax and Tom Vickers in the restructuring group. 

Holman Fenwick Willan has made up six to its partnership.
All but one are in London, with shipping and asset finance lawyer Jasel Chauhan promoted in Piraeus. The shipping group will get two new partners – Nick Robertson and Tom Walters; Graham Denny joins the insurance group, Rick Brown is added in commercial litigation and Judith Prior joins the commodities and renewable energy group.