Moves: 10 September 2012

Margaret Heathcote has been appointed by RJW Slater & Gordon to lead its family practice’s London department.

Move of the week

Margaret Heathcote
Margaret Heathcote

Heathcote joins as principal lawyer and partner from Farrer & Co, where she was a managing associate in the family law team. She is a member of Resolution, chair of the London regional committee and immediate past-president of the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society.



Edwin Coe has taken a team of three for its private client group from West End boutique LSG (formerly Lass Salt Garvin). Partner Frank Strachan is joined by senior associate Sean Bannister and tax assistant Ashley Fletcher.

Covington & Burling has added James Ryan to its life sciences corporate team as special counsel, moving from the London office of Morrison & Foerster, where he was an associate.

Associate Elena Tuerk has joined Hogan Lovells pensions practice from Eversheds, where she was also an associate.

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired energy and infrastructure finance lawyer Clive Ransome as a global project finance group partner. He was previously a partner at Linklaters.


Wright Hassall has promoted Russell Spencer, Claire-Elaine Arthurs and Rita Rajput to associate, Mary Rouse to senior associate and Peter Dixon to legal director.

SGH Martineau has promoted Claire Darley to its partnership, Kareem Baig to the position of senior associate and Marie Kilgallen to associate level.


Birketts has added barrister Matthew Gowen as a consultant within the firm’s corporate criminal defence team. Gowen will continue his practice with 18 Red Lion Court Chambers.


Louisa Dixon
Louisa Dixon

IP lawyer Louisa Dixon is now a solicitor at Taylor Vinters, having left Nabarro, where she was an associate.

Adams & Remers has appointed Guy Hurst as a partner in its property team. He joins from Clarke Wilmott, where he was a partner in the firm’s Southampton office.


Sebastian Wulff has joined Noerr as a bond specialist partner in its Frankfurt office, moving from BNP Parabis, where he was head of capital markets.

DLA Piper has taken on German finance and projects expert Wolfram Distler as an equity partner based in Frankfurt. He was a managing associate at Linklaters.

The cooperating Czech legal firms Ambruz & Dark and Deloitte Legal have hired environmntal, water management and real estate solicitor Zdeněk Horáček. He was formerly a deputy director with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic.

Elisabetta Aarts
Elisabetta Aarts

Former De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek partner Elisabetta Aartshas joined Loyens & Loeff as a counsel in its energy sector, based in Amsterdam.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Hamburg office has hired Hans Henning Hoff to its corporate practive group as partner. He was an associate at Zenk Rechtsanwälte.


Oil and gas partner Scott Schwind has joined the Houston office of Jones Day from Thompson & Knight, where he was a partner. Leaving Jones Day is former co-leader of the global trademark, unfair competition and copyright group Peter Vogl. He has joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe as a New York-based IP partner.


South African firm ENS has appointed former DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr national head of corporate and commercial Ian Hayes as a partner. He brings with him a team including partners Lydia Shadrach-Razzin and Marc Friedman, a senior associate and two associates plus support staff.


Mathie Hanaut has joined Baker & McKenzie’s Australian office in Sydney as an energy and resources partner. He was formerly a partner with Jones Day.

Maddocks has appointed partner Lucille Scomazzon, and senior associate Angela Wood, to its commercial practice in Sydney. They both joined the firm from similar roles with Ashurst. In the firm’s Melbourne office, special counsel Bettina Sheeran has joined from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she was in-house head of the real estate legal team.

The Bar

Richard Owen-Thomas
Richard Owen-Thomas

Employment and professional negligence barrister Richard Owen-Thomas has joined 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square from 13 King’s Bench Walk. Owen-Thomas acts for both employers and employees.