Moves: 28 April 2014


DWF has hired Pinsent Masons ’ financial institutions head Stephen Miles. Miles is to take on the role of CEO for the  commercial services division, which accounts for around half the firm’s turnover.



Matthew Arnold & Baldwin has hired Roger McCourt as a partner in the firm’s banking and finance litigation department. He joins from DLA Piper , where he had been a partner since 2009.

The London office of Zhong Lun Law Firm has recruited Christopher Clarke as a senior consultant. He was a former managing partner of DLA Piper in Hong Kong and retired from the firm in October last year. 


Hogan Lovells has elected new partners to its board. The new board members are as follows: Nicholas Cheffings (chair), Jun Wei (Asia/Middle East), Leopold von Gerlach (continental Europe), Emily Reid (London), Bill Curtin (The Americas), Cole Finegan (The Americas, excluding DC), Helen Trilling (Washington, DC area), Ben Higson (45 and under), Daniel González, Craig Hoover and Michael Silver (‘at large’ representatives). As of July, Steve Immelt will take over as CEO from current co-CEOs Warren Gorrell and David Harris.

Christina Blacklaws has left Co-operative Legal Services , where she was had of policy, to set up Blacklaws Consulting . The consultancy will help businesses, charities and not-for-profit ABSs.


DAC Beachcroft has hired a team from Keoghs . Miles Hepworth joins as a partner together with his four-strong team of specialist fraud lawyers – associate Neville Sampson, solicitors Pierre Smith, Amy Goodwin and Sangheet Saghera. They all join the claims validation team. DAC has also promoted two partners and one associate to the same team – Anthony Carrington and Dan Prince will become partners, while Morgan Nash is promoted to associate. 


In Manchester, JMW Solicitors has recruited 20 new lawyers since January. They include Alex Irwin, who has joined as head of debt recovery from Turner Parkinson where he was recoveries manager, and Mark Heppell, who joined the corporate team as an associate from Lockett Loveday McMahon .


Davis Blank Furniss has recruited Carlyn Weale as a solicitor advocate in its dispute resolution department. She joins from Turner Parkinson .


King & Spalding has recruited Werner Meier as a partner in its Frankfurt office. Meier joins from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Frankfurt, where he was a finance and restructuring partner. 

Racine has hired Melanie Verroken as a partner in its Brussels office. IP specialist Verroken was most recently a senior associate at CMS De Backer .

Austrian firm Schoenherr has appointed Stefan Kuehteubl as a partner and the head of the firm’s employment practice as of July 2014. Kuehteubl previously worked at Schoenherr between 1999 and 2004, before joining local firm Engelbrecht & Partner , where he became partner in 2008.

McDermott Will & Emery has recruited Dechert partner Emmanuelle Trombe as a corporate partner in Paris. Trombe focuses on the pharmaceutical, medical devices and related healthcare industries.

Taylor Wessing has elected Hamburg IP partner Andreas Meissner as German managing partner, following the sudden decision of Florian Ranft to step down after just one year in the job. Meissner takes up the role with immediate effect.

Dentons ’ Madrid office has hired partner Antonio Alcolea Cantos to lead the firm’s public and regulatory law. He was previously counsel at Spanish firm Pérez-Llorca .


Reed Smith has recruited James Hnilo as a partner in its Chicago office. He was previously a Chicago-based general counsel at UBS Global Asset Management

The Palo Alto office of K&L Gates has hired L Scott Oliver as a partner in the IP litigation practice. Oliver joins from Morrison & Foerster , where he was an IP partner.

Middle East

Bird & Bird has hired Kelly Tymburski as a partner in its Middle East practice. She will operate from Bird & Bird’s UAE offices and joins from Pinsent Masons , where she was a senior associate in its technology practice. At Bird & Bird she will spearhead the firm’s push into the Middle East and African telecommunications sector. The firm has also hired Saarah Badr, who has joined its Middle East practice as a senior associate. Badr previously worked as legal counsel to the Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority .

Asia Pacific

Morrison & Foerster has recruited Shirin Tang. Tang joins as a partner in the Singapore office. She previously was a partner with Shearman & Sterling , where she led a wide range of cross-border transactions and practised in the firm’s New York office.

Howse Williams Bowers has grown its Hong Kong base with two new partners, Stacy Devoy and Alison Scott. Devoy joins the firm’s family and matrimonial practice from Withers ’ Hong Kong office, where she was promoted to partner in 2012. Scott joins the dispute resolution practice after relocating from Wales, where she mostly recently served as the chair of the Residential Property Tribunal . Scott also previous worked as a partner at legacy Richards Butler in Hong Kong.

Herbert Smith Freehills has relocated London partner Julian Copeman to Hong Kong. Copeman is a senior commercial litigator. The move comes just weeks after the firm named Hong Kong-based partner Justin D’Agostino as its global dispute resolution head.

Withers has hired Samantha Gershon as a consultant in its family practice in Hong Kong. Gershon joins from Hong Kong firm Robertsons , where she was a partner working on complex commercial litigation, public and administrative law.


Walkers has hired Adam Chester, who has joined the finance and corporate group in Jersey as a partner. Prior to joining Walkers, Adam founded CGI Legal , an independent corporate legal services provider in Jersey, which provided non-contentious and transactional legal services. Before that, he spent six years at Ogier in Jersey.