Moves 16 June

Move of the week


4 New Square has a new tenant, in the form of former Herbert Smith Freehills advocacy head Murray Rosen QC. Rosen joined legacy Herbert Smith in 2005 from 11 Stone Buildings to launch its advocacy unit, and will join 4 New Square in September.



Lester Aldridge has hired partner Theo Anderton. He has joined the firm’s London office to head the insolvency team, and was previously a partner at Blake Lapthorn.

Ropes & Gray has taken on Andrew Howard as counsel in its London tax and benefits department. Howard joins the London firm from Allen & Overy, where he was a senior associate.

Payne Hicks Beach has hired partner Rosamond McDowell and consultant Andrew Dixon. Both join the private client department from Collyer Bristow, where McDowell was a partner and head of tax and estate planning, and Dixon was a consultant.

Temple Bright has added two new partners to its London office. Both are former legacy SJ Berwin lawyers. Technology partner David Meredith was a partner and head of outsourcing at the City firm. He subsequently joined the executive team at RPC and then was a consultant at boutique Radiant Law. Corporate partner Nadim Zaman spent over a decade in the corporate and private equity team at SJ Berwin before joining DLA Piper’s corporate team, where he was a senior associate.

Russell-Cooke has hired senior associate Chris Rowse. He joins from Withers, where he was a associate in the charities team.


South East firm Rix & Kay has hired Sara Carpenter as a corporate and commercial partner. She will be based at the Sevenoaks office and was an associate at West End firm Hamlins.

Simmons & Simmons has hired corporate partner Jocelyn Ormond in its Bristol office. Ormond specialises in M&A and equity fundraisings, with extensive experience of advising clients in the life sciences, healthcare and financial services sectors. He joins from DAC Beachcroft, where he was a partner after having worked at Allen & Overy and Slaughter and May.



Mills & Reeve has recruited Clare Grice to head its pensions team. She will be based in the Birmingham office and was formerly a senior associate at Squire Sanders.


Roberts Jackson Solicitors has hired Brian Robinson as head of litigation at associate level. He was previously head of disease at Stripes Solicitors.


Herbert Smith Freehills has hired general finance specialist Kai Liebrich as a partner in Frankfurt. He joins from Mayer Brown, where he became a partner in 2011 having joined the Frankfurt office in 2005.

Racine has hired Carol Santoni as a partner and associate Mélanie de Saqui de Sannes from Gide Loyrette Nouel in a boost to its real estate team.

Hogan Lovells has named corporate partner and local infrastructure head Lucas Osorio as head of its Madrid office.
Osorio takes over from Jose Luis Huerta, who has managed the office since 2010.

Giuseppe De Palma has been elected managing partner of Clifford Chance in Italy. De Palma will succeed Charles Adams in September. He heads the Italian finance and capital markets practice, and is based in Milan.

Hogan Lovells has recruited Gide Loyrette Nouel partner Alexander Dolgov into its global infrastructure, energy, resources and projects group in Moscow. Dolgov joins alongside associates Konstantin Makarevich and Fedor Kovatev, and trainee Grigory Fedorov. Dolgov joined Gide in 2010 from Allen & Overy.


Paul Hastings has hired white-collar defence lawyers Michael Levy, Michael Spafford and Amy Carpenter-Holmes. All have joined the firm as partners in the Washington DC office from Bingham McCutchen, where they were also partners.

Holland & Knight has hired five financial services partners from Patton Boggs. Norman Antin, Jeffrey Haas and Kevin Houlihan join the firm in Washington DC, while Mark Goldschmidt and Shawn Turner join in Denver. William Levay, who was a Patton Boggs associate, has also joined as a senior counsel in Washington. Holland & Knight has also recruited Claudio Morfe as a senior counsel in its Boston corporate and M&A team. He has served as an in-house counsel in the technology industry for 18 years, mostly recently as a general counsel for Ericsson in Massachusetts.

Mayer Brown has recruited Jamie Beaber, who has joined the firm in Washington DC as a partner in the IP practice. Previously, he was a partner at Steptoe & Johnson. Joining him in the move from Steptoe to Mayer Brown are four counsel and six associates in Washington DC and Chicago.

Asia Pacific

Hill Dickinson has bolstered its Asia office network with the hire of two shipping partners, taking one from Clyde & Co in Singapore and another from Kennedys in Hong Kong. The former Clydes partner is Chris Edwards, while former Kennedys partner Anthony Woo also joins.

The bar

Fountain Court has appointed former Rajah & Tann litigation partner Kanaga Dharmananda as a member of chambers. He will help launch a Singapore base.

Exchange Chambers has two new members in Leeds. Victoria Smith-Swain completed her pupillage at London set Charter Chambers. Holly Betke joined Exchange from ABR Solicitors last year and, having completed her third six pupillage, has been voted in as a full member.

Partner promotions

Moore Blatch has promoted six to partner: Dorothy Agnew (commercial), Claire Anderson (residential land), Stephen Ball (residential land development), Jeremy Over (corporate team), Gaenor Thomas (commercial property) and Sarah Watley (asset recovery litigation).

Finland’s Dittmar & Indrenius has made up Wilhelm Eklund (M&A and private equity) and Jukka Lång (head of data protection) to its partnership.

HowardKennedyFsi has promoted Robert Lawrie (litigation) and Katherine Miller (real estate) to partner.

NCTM has made up three equity partners: Sergio Fulco, Guido Martinelli and Lukas Plattner, all previously salary partners. Fulco is a litigator in Milan, Plattner focuses on financial services, also in Milan, and Martinelli is an accountant, based in Rome.