Move of the week

Tom Cassels

Baker & McKenzie commercial litigation partner Tom Cassels is leaving for Linklaters after 21 years at the US firm. Cassels joined Bakers in 1994 as an associate and was made a partner in 2001. His clients have included Shell, mobile phone operator Three and McLaren Mercedes. Linklaters rarely recruits at partner level in London, with its last major litigation hire being in 2009 when Christa Band joined from legacy Herbert Smith.



Katten Muchin Rosenman has hired insolvency specialist Terry Green as a partner and Michael Speranza as of counsel in the firm’s real estate practice. Green joins from Clyde & Co where he was a partner, while Speranza was counsel at Reed Smith .

Pemberton Greenish has expanded its real estate team by hiring associates Tom Fellows and Laura Teodorescu from Cripps and Kennedys respectively. Nicholeena Vedi also joins as an associate from RadcliffesLeBrasseur where she completed her training contract. 

Tony Pursall has joined Mourant Ozannes ’ London office as a partner in its international trusts and private client practice. He was formerly a partner at Maples and Calder


Blake Morgan has appointed InHealth Group’s general counsel Sarah Bricknell to the newly created role of legal director in its health and social care team. 

Angela Protheroe, Goughs Solicitors
Protheroe: joins Goughs Solicitors

Wiltshire firm Goughs Solicitors has appointed employment specialist and associate solicitor Angela Protheroe from Welsh firm William Graham Law

Lucy Norton has joined Withy King in Oxford as an associate in the medical negligence team, having worked at Boyes Turner for five years as an associate.

Howes Percival has expanded its new Cambridge office with the acquisition of Taylor Vinters ’ local real estate team, including four partners: Steven Beach, Michaela Henson, Simon Murphy and Amy Richardson.


DWF has appointed Jeremy Swift from Square One Law as a partner in the firm’s corporate team. Based in Newcastle, Swift will help support the growth of the firm’s national corporate team.


Jeremy Swift, DWF
Swift: new corporate partner at DWF

Restructuring law specialist François Kopf is to join Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier as a partner. He was previously counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell.

Baker & McKenzie ’s Stockholm office has appointed Costin Mihailescu as partner and Christian Reineby as associate to its M&A practice. Both were associates at White & Case .

The Frankfurt office of GvW Graf von Westphalen has hired employment partner Anja Dombrowsky, who has worked at CMS as senior counsel since 2009. Former CMS associated partner Till Liebau also joins the partnership, along with former GSK Stockmann & Kollegen partner Markus Rasner.

Rui Soares Pereira has joined PLMJ in Lisbon. Soares Pereira joins the arbitration and dispute resolution team as of counsel. 

Ashurst real estate partners Marc Bohne and Peter Junghänel are moving to Goodwin Procter to kickstart the firm’s German launch in Frankfurt. They will be joined by finance partner Stephan Kock and private equity partner Lars Jessen. 

Middle East 

DWF has appointed Gordon Blanke, former counsel and sector leader of the international arbitration practice of Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla , as a partner in the firm’s international commercial arbitration team in Dubai. 


Duane Morris has hired Joseph West as a partner in the trial practice group in its Washington DC office. West is currently president and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association in the city. Paul Li has also joined Duane Morris in San Francisco as a partner in the IP practice group.

Eric Simonson has joined Seyfarth Shaw in New York as a partner from Blank Rome

Senior antitrust lawyer Douglas Tween has been elected as a partner in Linklaters ’ global competition and antitrust practice. He will be based in New York and Washington DC and joins from Baker & McKenzie , where he was most recently chair of the firm’s white-collar practice group and head of the firm’s New York litigation department. 

Baker Botts has announced that Stephen Weissman, the deputy director of the Bureau of Competition for the Federal Trade Commission, will rejoin the firm as a partner. Weissman left the firm in 2013 and will assume responsibilities as co-chair of the antitrust practice. 

South Africa 

Former Greenberg Traurig Maher restructuring head Lyndon Norley has moved to South Africa to join Bowman Gilfillan ’s new dedicated restructuring group. Norley was previously based in London as Jefferies ’ European head of restructuring and recapitalisation. 


K&L Gates has strengthened its Brisbane office with the recruitment of corporate and transactional partner Jeremy Prentice. Prentice joins K&L Gates from the partnership of Holding Redlich

The Bar 

3PB has appointed Simon Astill as CEO. Astill joins from ProAnnexUS , where he was also CEO. The chambers has also welcomed four new tenants after successful completion of pupillage: Jonathan Gaydon, Olivia Ford, Andrew Bousfield and David Jenkins. 


Hill Dickinson has appointed Andrew Craggs as head of health. Craggs, who has been with the firm for 18 years, will lead the firm’s growing healthcare and health litigation teams based in Manchester, London and Liverpool. 

King & Spalding has promoted 24 lawyers to partner across 10 global offices, with one partner being appointed in London. Current counsel Sajid Ahmed will join the international arbitration team as a partner in the City, while most appointments were made in Atlanta. In addition to the partner appointments, there have also been 16 new counsel appointments.