Kevin Lloyd is rejoining Herbert Smith as a litigation partner

Kevin Lloyd is rejoining Herbert Smith as a litigation partner. Lloyd left the firm in 1988 for Australian firm Mallesons, where he was made a partner in 1990, handling commercial litigation cases caused by the corporate collapses of the late 1980s.

Freshfields is appointing Jacques-Phillipe Gunther, a French avocat and competition specialist, as a partner in its Paris office. Gunther, a specialist in French and EC competition law, is currently a partner with Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Richards Butler is hiring Robin Cole to lead its property finance team from 25 January. Cole, who is 40, is currently a partner at Hammond Suddards, which he joined in 1994 from Charterhouse Bank.

Clyde & Co has made Tim Matthews a partner a year after he joined the firm's business law group, based in Guildford. Matthews is a corporate law specialist and joined Clyde & Co from brewers Bass, where he worked on the company's acquisition of Carlsberg Tetley.

Paul Hally is to become the chief executive of Shepherd & Wedderburn, taking over from Hugh Donald in May. Hally, a corporate finance partner at Shepherd & Wedderburn since 1987, was voted one of the UK's top 15 business lawyers in the 1998 Chambers and Partners directory. Donald is to head up the firm's commercial litigation department.

Paul Mitchard is joining Wilmer Cutler & Pickering as a partner to head the firm's international arbitration practice in its London office. Mitchard is head of litigation at Simmons & Simmons, which he joined in 1994 from Slaughter and May.

Audrey Campbell is joining Taylor Joynson Garrett as a corporate partner. Campbell arrives from Simmons & Simmons, where she specialised in mergers and acquisitions and projects work.

Stephen Duffield, partner and commercial law specialist at Eversheds' Birmingham office, is leaving the firm to join the board of Midlands manufacturer Britax International. Duffield, an Eversheds partner for 15 years, will handle Britax's commercial and legal affairs worldwide.

Newcastle firm Crutes is making Hilary Parker a partner, specialising in commercial law. Parker, who has taught law at Hull and Newcastle Universitys joins the firm after 10 years as a partner at Ward Hadaway.

Richard Baizley, leading company and commercial partner at Edge Ellison, is joining the business services department of Birmingham-based law firm Shakespeares.

Robert Rakison is to join McDermott Will & Emery when it moves to new offices at the end of January. Rakison previously ran his own firm, Rakisons, and has a wide range of experience in cross-border transactions, M&As and joint ventures.

Christopher Clement-Davies is leaving Wilde Sapte to join the London office of US firm Vinson & Elkins, where he specialises in international project, project development, joint ventures and other commercial transactions. He has previously been a partner at Warburg Dillon Read, and practised at Linklaters. Douglas Glass, of Vinson & Elkins Moscow office, is also joining the London office and brings with him experience in project development, cross-border transactions and energy.

Michael Calvert is to join Charles Russell in its specialist pensions group. Calvert comes from Lovell White Durrant where he was a senior pensions lawyer. There will now be six senior pensions specialists at Charles Russell as it expands its client base.

Peter Crowther is leaving Norton Rose's competition law team to join Rosenblatt solicitors as head of its telecommunications and EU competition department. Crowther holds a doctorate in interconnection and competition in European telecommunications from the Copenhagen Business School and has lectured in law at Brunel University.