Lateral hires

CMS’s private equity head exits for Goodwin

Goodwin Procter’s private equity group in London have secured the hire of CMS’s practice head James Grimwood. Grimwood has been a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna since 2007 and played a pivotal role in the setting up of the firm’s Mayfair office. Appearing in The Lawyer Hot 100 for 2016, Grimwood saw an opportunity to grow […]

Brussels

Mayer Brown’s Brussels head departs for Noerr

The head of Mayer Brown’s Brussels office is to join German firm Noerr next month. Jens Peter Schmidt has been the managing partner of Mayer Brown’s Brussels office since 2014, and a partner at the firm since 2001 when he joined from Shearman & Sterling. He will join Noerr’s partnership on 15 February. The partner’s […]

Offices

Cadwalader ramps up in London with Norton Rose Fulbright hire

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has recruited its third London lateral in as many months, with the firm now set to bring on board a funds partner from Norton Rose Fulbright. This time the firm has picked Michael Newell, who specialises in funds and has been at Norton Rose Fulbright for a decade. As part of […]

BCLP loses another private client partner

Farrer & Co has boosted its private wealth offering with a hire from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP). Partner Georgina James joins Farrer & Co’s private wealth team after nearly 11 years at BCLP. She advises international families, trustees and family offices on cross-border taxation and estate planning issues. In particular, she has worked with […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

RPC hires DWF quartet to bolster restructuring group

RPC has hired a four-lawyer restructuring team to boost its restructuring and insolvency practice in the City. Finella Fogarty, the former head of business restructuring at DWF, will join RPC to lead the practice at her new firm. She brings with her three new joiners; counsel William Beck, senior associate Danielle Bennett and associate James […]

Hong Kong

Clifford Chance duo exit for Gibson Dunn in Hong Kong

Clifford Chance’s veteran Hong Kong litigation partner Brian Gilchrist has resigned from the magic circle firm and will join Gibson Dunn, as global firms focus on building up litigation practices in Hong Kong. Gilchrist will be joined by fellow litigation partner Elaine Chen as Gibson Dunn’s first major litigation hires in Hong Kong. They will […]

O’Melveny funds veteran resurfaces at HSF

One of O’Melveny & Myers’ last remaining London funds lawyers has emerged at Herbert Smith Freehills, continuing an exodus that began last year. Private equity veteran Jonathan Blake has joined Herbert Smith Freehills as head of its international private funds strategy. Blake’s departure leaves the US firm’s Paternoster Square office with just four remaining partners. […]

Linklaters

Linklaters recruits from White & Case to boost banking team

Linklaters has hired a new partner from White & Case to boost its London banking practice. The magic circle firm has brought in Colin Chang, who has been a partner in the capital markets practice of the US firm for more than a decade. Having first joined in 2008, he was based until now in White […]

Linklaters’ head of real estate disputes moves to Addleshaws

Linklaters has lost another member of its real estate group, this time to Addleshaw Goddard. The former head of Linklaters’ real estate disputes practice, counsel Frances Richardson, has joined Addleshaw Goddard as a partner. She has been at the magic circle firm her whole legal carer, from 2004, and was made head of real estate […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

CRS partner takes new role after Macfarlanes move fell through

The Charles Russell Speechlys partner, whose move to Macfarlanes last year fell through, has resurfaced at Keystone Law. Ian Cooke, who until March 2019 had headed Charles Russell Speechlys’ private wealth and property practice, has joined Keystone Law after twenty years at the UK firm. Cooke made headlines in February when Macfarlanes announced his hire; […]

Midlands

Hogan Lovells loses another senior partner as Birmingham chief departs

The head of Hogan Lovells’ Birmingham office Michael Gallimore has become the latest senior partner to leave the firm, prompting a change in leadership for the firm’s Midlands outpost. Gallimore has joined boutique planning firm Town Legal after over 30 years at Hogan Lovells. Having made partner in 1988, he was made head of planning […]

Leeds Town Hall

Eversheds keeps up lateral hiring momentum with construction recruit

Eversheds Sutherland has brought in another new partner, as it aims for its construction practice to reach £25m in revenue next year. Partner Sarah Maylor has joined Eversheds’ Leeds office from Kennedys, where she headed the commercial construction practice. Maylor was at Kennedys for nearly ten years and worked out of its Sheffield, Manchester and […]

Ashurst takes on Hogan Lovells’ planning head

Hogan Lovells has lost another senior partner, this time to Ashurst. Claire Dutch, former head of Hogan Lovells’ planning group has moved across to Ashurst. Dutch had been at Hogan Lovells for 20 years and made partner in 2007. She focuses on all aspects of planning law, highways law, heritage law and compulsory purchase orders, […]

Eversheds reveals second lateral hire this week

Eversheds Sutherland has pulled off its second UK lateral hire this month, recruiting its first-ever litigation partner in Edinburgh. Alastair Frood is the partner joining the team in the Scottish capital as of January 2020, as he leaves Shepherd & Wedderburn after a 12-year stint heading up its banking and financial litigation practice. Prior to […]

Mayfair

Mishcon takes on Mayfair firm’s private client chief

Mishcon de Reya has brought in the head of a rival City firm’s private client practice, The Lawyer can reveal. Patrick Harney, who was until recently head of Forsters’ private client department, is set to join Mishcon’s tax team after 12 years at the London legal outfit. As part of his practice, he advises high net […]

Eversheds bags tech partner from US firm

Eversheds Sutherland has taken on a new technology partner from Morgan Lewis & Bockius, just under a month after it lost its innovation chief. Simon Lightman moves to Eversheds’ commercial practice after just over a year at Morgan Lewis. He joined the US firm’s outsourcing and commercial transactions practice from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, alongside […]

Reed Smith hires Ashurst duo in Frankfurt

Reed Smith has added its first dedicated tax partner to its Frankfurt offices from Ashurst, the second US outfit to add a partner in the city in two days. Martin Bünning, a tax lawyer and adviser had been with the UK firm for just three years and made the move to Reed Smith joining its […]

Pinsents hires from HMRC to boost tax fraud group

Pinsent Masons has hired from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to bolster its litigation and tax teams, bringing in the former head of the department’s offshore corporate and wealth enforcement team, Andrew Sackey. This is Pinsents’ second lateral in three months, building on the arrival of Fieldfisher’s Nicole Jadeja in life sciences back in September. […]

Fried Frank makes double hire in Frankfurt and London

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has made its first lateral hire in Frankfurt in three years and has also added a lawyer to its London office from Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. The New York firm had added finance partner Jérôme Friedrich in Germany, while capital markets counsel John Satory will move into […]

Latham

Latham lures latest Clifford Chance partner to London office

Another partner has made the leap from Clifford Chance to Latham & Watkins, as the US firm continues to attract corporate and finance lawyers from the magic circle firm. Partner Steve Curtis is set to join Latham, having been a member of Clifford Chance’s banking and finance group since 2000. He joined the firm as […]

Offices

Two in two days: Cadwalader to make second white-collar hire in London

One day after boosting its white-collar practice in London with a hire from Morrison & Foerster (MoFo), Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is taking on another investigations partner from a US firm. London-based partner Mark Beardsworth, who co-heads Brown Rudnick’s global white collar defense and government investigations practice group, is to join Cadwalader’s London office after […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

Cadwalader sets its sights on white-collar with MoFo hire

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is to lose a London-based litigator to Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, as the latter makes its latest disputes hire in 2019. Regulatory and investigations partner Kevin Roberts is set to join Cadwalader’s London office. Roberts has spent a number of years in MoFo’s City HQ, having joined in 2008. He advises […]

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