Moves 22 July

Move of the week


Narayan Iyer is rejoining Linklaters as a partner from Talwar Thakore & Associates in Mumbai. He joined Linklaters in 1996 as a trainee. A founding member of Talwar’s India practice, he was made partner in 2007. Iyer will work with Linklaters’ India practice head Sandeep Katwala and elected corporate partner Savi Hebbur. Based in London, he will support clients investing in India corporates and financial institutions as they expand globally.



GSC Solicitors has promoted David Nathan to partner. Specialising in commercial law, he also advises on employment law. He joined the firm from Manuel Swaden Solicitors in 2005 after qualifying in 2001 and advises clients in retail, health, restaurants, hotels, banking and IT.

Bargate Murray has added Lauren Payne as an associate to its superyacht and aviation team. Payne joins from DLA Piper’s City aviation litigation
and regulatory practice, where she worked on contentious, commercial and regulatory matters for airlines, manufacturers, aviation service providers and their insurers.


The founding partner of Essex and Hertfordshire firm Jameson & Hill has retired along with partner Stephen Battersby. Chris Hill and Rob Jameson were founding partners, the pair having studied together at Sheffield University, alongside criminal law specialist Battersby. Hill has worked in most departments of the firm and in recent years has performed a consultancy role. Battersby focused on criminal defence cases and worked for the Solicitors Regulation Authority
as an advocate.

Paris Smith has appointed regulatory law and business crime specialist Sarah Wheadon as a partner. Experienced in key business issues including health and safety, bribery, environmental, food safety and consumer protection, Wheadon joined in 2010 and leads the business crime and regulatory team, regularly prosecuting on behalf of animal welfare and marine and fishery legislation organisations.

Manches has admitted Kerry Sharp and Sally Nesbitt to the partnership. Sharp joined Manches’ IP team in 2011. She previously worked at Linklaters and Bird & Bird and in technology companies, having studied biotechnology at university. Nesbitt joined Manches’ employment team in 2007 from Rawlison Butler in Crawley and was one of the founding members of the firm’s Reading office.




Rachel McCahill-Brown has joined the Leicester office of Nelsons Solicitors as a partner from Smith Partnership. She has many years’ experience of dealing with corporate and personal restructuring and insolvency matters, including administrations, liquidations, company voluntary arrangements, bankruptcy, personal guarantees, antecedent transactions and restructures. She acts for insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, businesses and individuals in Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and nationally. 



DWF corporate partner Katharine Mellor has joined Slater Heelis as a partner. The first female president of Manchester Law Society, she has more than 30 years’ experience advising on corporate governance, partnerships and the healthcare sector in particular.

Weightmans has hired two partners, Ben Acheson and James Cullen, who join the national real estate team. Acheson, who will be based in the Birmingham office, joins from Eversheds, where he was principal associate. Cullen joins from Bury Metropolitan Council as a partner in Liverpool, specialising in residential development and property PPP.



Van Campen Liem has hired two partners in Amsterdam and one in Luxembourg in its private equity and investment fund practices. Manfred Dietrich was a senior associate in the investment fund group of Loyens & Loeff’s Luxembourg team, while Cees Kersten and Bart Wehmeijer are home-grown partners in Amsterdam.

Gide Loyrette Nouel has promoted 11 lawyers to partner across its international network: finance lawyers Fernand Arsanios, Fiona Gulliford, Karine Imbrosciano and Phung Pham in London; projects lawyer Gilles Cardonnel and finance specialist Rebecca Finn in Hong Kong; tax lawyer Guo Min in Beijing; competition lawyer Ákos Kovách in Budapest; competition specialist Christina Renner in Brussels; finance lawyer Mariam Rouissi in Casablanca; and finance lawyer Tim Théroux in Moscow.


Asia Pacific

DLA Piper has hired Benjamin Sandstad as a finance and project partner in Hong Kong. Dual-qualified in Hong Kong and Australia, Sandstad joins from Mayer Brown JSM’s Hong Kong office, where in 2011 he was promoted to head the firm’s Asia structured finance practice. Previously a partner at Australian firm Clayton Utz, he practised law with Linklaters in Hong Kong and Tokyo as an associate.

Withers has relocated London-based partner Stacey Devoy to Hong Kong to grow its Asian matrimonial practice. One of five lawyers promoted to partnership in 2012, Devoy’s practice focuses on the financials of relationship breakdown involving trusts and offshore assets. 

Bingham has appointed Chris Mizumoto to partner in Tokyo, strengthening its Japan IP practice. Joining from DLA Piper, where he was an associate, Mizumoto’s practice focuses on US patent litigation and prosecution.



HWL Ebsworth Lawyers has announced the promotion of five partners, including David Jury in the Sydney building and construction group, Julie Talakovski in the Sydney litigation group, Sam Dwyer in the Melbourne commercial group, Stuart Walton in the Sydney banking and financial services group and Thomas Sterling in the Sydney real estate and projects group. The firm has also announced the promotion of Pauline Garland, Jason Leonard and Justin Le Blond to the position of special counsel.



Appleby’s Cayman office has added Jonathan Bernstein and Andrew Harding to its funds and investment services team. Bernstein joins Appleby as a senior associate from Ogier’s Cayman office. New associate Harding is transferring from Appleby’s Isle of Man office.