Moves 2 September

Move of the week


Speechly Bircham has hired SJ Berwin consultant Victoria Younghusband. She joined as a partner in the firm’s financial services and funds team on 1 August. Younghusband had been a partner in SJ Berwin’s investment funds group since she joined the firm from Lawrence Graham in July 2007, before taking up a consultant position in June 2013.



Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo is relocating banking and finance partner Giuseppe Sacchi Lodispoto from Milan to London in a bid to strengthen the firm’s international offering. Lodispoto joins London head Andrea Carta Mantiglia in the City, following the latter’s appointment to the role last year.

Ropes & Gray has hired Michelle Moran in the London office as a partner in its investment management practice. Moran’s pract     Wedlake Bell has hired Kris Weber as a partner in its pensions and employee benefits team. His expertise spans all aspects occupational pension schemes and he has a particular interest in scheme funding, age and sex discrimination, and the employment aspects of pensions-related matters. Until July he was a partner in the pensions practice at Squire Sanders.



Eric Robinson Solicitors in Southampton has hired partner Nigel Hawkins. He trained with Abels and was made partner there in 1999. In 2009 he became a consultant and has now made the move to Eric Robinson. He focuses on matrimonial and childcare law 



Nelsons Solicitors has promoted independent financial adviser Nick Davies to director in the growing investment team. Davies, who heads up the team, joined Nelsons in 2010.


Dentons Europe has appointed Ilka Mehdorn as a partner to its German healthcare and life sciences sector group. She will be based in the Berlin office. Mehdorn has strong expertise in the healthcare sector, in particular in the regulatory fields, and is known in the industry for her extensive knowledge in product-related environmental law. She was formerly a counsel at WilmerHale in Berlin.

Asia Pacific

Ashurst has hired partner John Kim from Korean firm Yulchon. Kim, who headed the firm’s outbound practice, will be based in Ashurst’s Hong Kong office. Prior to joining Yulchon he practised at Kim & Chang in Korea for many years following work experience at Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York.

Hong Kong firm Howse Williams Bowers has added banking and finance lawyer Jonathan Silver to its partner ranks. Silver joins from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he was an of counsel in Hong Kong. He focuses on ship and aircraft finance, project finance, acquisition finance, structured trade and commodity finance, and general banking.

Sidley Austin has hired Gilbert & Tobin project finance and infrastructure partner Nicholas Grambas to build up its Singapore office. Grambas will relocate to Singapore from Melbourne and bring with him more than 25 years’ experience working in the Asia Pacific region, as well as in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining G&T in 2010 he practised at Baker & McKenzie and legacy Freehills as a partner and was a banker at Macquarie Bank.

White & Case has strengthened its South East Asia practice with the relocation of partner Steve Payne from Beijing to Singapore and the hire of David Gartside from Allen & Overy as counsel in Singapore. They both focus on energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance. Payne has practised in Beijing for the past seven years, while Gartside joined A&O as a senior associate in Tokyo and spent 18 months on secondment at Korea Eximbank in Seoul before moving to Singapore


HWL Ebsworth has hired litigation partner Greg Lewis from K&L Gates’ Sydney office. Lewis practised at K&L Gates for two years, and prior to that spent 18 years with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). He focuses on complex insolvency-related litigation.

K&L Gates has added three new partners in its Australian offices. In Melbourne, the firm has hired employment partner Nick Ruskin from DLA Piper, while in Sydney it has appointed Edward Nixey and Glenn Hughes as partners in the corporate and transactional practice, joining from Ashurst Australia and Henry Davis York respectively.

The bar

The commercial group at Outer Temple has admitted Robin Barclay from 2 Hare Court and David Russell QC, an Australian barrister practicing in the Middle East, as door tenants. Barclay has a broad financial and regulatory crime practice, with an emphasis on market abuse, insider dealing, fraud, corruption and corporate crime. Russell was admitted as a solicitor in Queensland in 1974 and called to the bar in 1977. He is admitted to practise in Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre. He has acted for Commonwealth and state governments as well as individuals and corporations and was president of the Taxation Institute of Australia from 1993 to 1995, and of the Asia Oceania Tax Consultants’ Association from 1996 to 2000.