Move of the week 

Paul Hastings has hired Linklaters finance veteran David Ereira as part of plans to boost its London finance practice. Ereira joined Linklaters from Freshfields in 2007, where he was a partner for 17 years, and has worked in the firm’s finance practice focusing on restructuring and insolvency as well as private equity and acquisition finance. Ereira’s restructuring and insolvency clients include PwC on its role as administrators of Lehman Brothers, and the creditors and owners of Le Meridien Hotels.



Withers has hired commercial litigation and arbitration expert Tatiana Menshenina as a partner in its London office. Menshenina joins the firm from Simmons & Simmons, where she headed the CIS practice.

Seddons has hired three employment lawyers in London. Partners Madeleine Thomson and Helen Crossland, along with associate Tom Solesbury, have joined the firm from Hamlins.

Witty: new head of tax at Gordon Dadds
Witty: new head of tax at Gordon Dadds

Fladgate partner Huw Witty has joined Gordon Dadds as a partner and head of tax.

Moore Blatch has appointed two clinical negligence solicitors to its West London team. Mala Sidebottom and Amandeep Khasriya previously worked for Leigh Day and Slater & Gordon respectively.

Kemp Little has appointed Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partner Marian Bloodworth as a partner in its employment team. The firm has also hired consultant Susan Biddle in its commercial technology group from Pinsent Masons.

Corporate insurance partner Martin Mankabady has joined Dentons in London from the partnership of Clyde & Co.

Hill Hofstetter has strengthened its corporate and property practices with the appointment of two new partners David Cranfield and Mark Lee. London-based Cranfield joins from CMS Cameron McKenna, where he was a partner, while Lee was a partner at Lodders.

BLP head of structured debt and capital markets Paul Severs is leaving the firm for Paul Hastings’ London office as a partner.

Winston & Strawn has hired Pinsent Masons partner Paul Amiss and Gide Loyrette Nouel finance partner Rebecca Finn to join its London team in a bid to boost its corporate and finance practice. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman of counsel Jason Parker also joins the firm.

Bloodworth: joins BLP as partner
Bloodworth: joins Kemp Little as partner


Gunnercooke has reached its 100th partner milestone with the appointment of Jill Parker as a banking partner in its Manchester office.


Bird & Bird counsel Christopher Weber is to join Kather Augenstein in Düsseldorf as a partner. Kather Augenstein will be formed at the start of next year when the Düsseldorf IP partners split off from Preu Bohlig & Partner.

Gide Loyrette Nouel has hired Fleur Jourdan as counsel within its public and administrative law practice group in Paris. She joins from Région Ile-de-France (Paris region) services, where she was deputy director general, in charge of legal affairs.

Middle East 

Hogan Lovells has hired three Latham & Watkins partners in Dubai, taking its total partner headcount in the city to 10. Corporate partners Charles Fuller and Andrew Tarbuck join the seven-partner office with finance partner Anthony Pallett.


Michael Cohen has joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a partner in the firm’s antitrust and competition practice group, based in San Francisco. Cohen joins from Paul Hastings, where he co-founded and chaired the firm’s antitrust and international competition practice.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has also hired corporate partner James Thompson in Los Angeles from Snell & Wilmer.

Arnold & Porter has appointed Raqiyyah Pippins as counsel in Washington DC. She was previously special counsel at Kelley Drye & Warren.

Lawrence (Larry) Berkovich has joined Ashurst as a partner in the US CLO team from Mayer Brown in North Carolina.


Samir Hadjiyev has joined PwC Legal as a director and head of legal practice from GRATA Law Firm in Azerbaijan.

DLA Piper has appointed Clyde & Co’s Indonesia practice head Michael Horn as a partner in its Singapore office.

Jason Nelms has joined Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office as a partner in its corporate department. Nelms was previously a senior associate at Proskauer Rose in New York.


K&L Gates has added Diane Skapinker as a real estate partner in its Sydney office. She joins K&L Gates from the partnership of Gilbert & Tobin.

Clyde & Co has added to its Australian partnership with the appointment of insurance specialist Marcus O’Brien in Melbourne. O’Brien was previously a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright.

The Bar 

Terrorism barrister Frida Hussain, who was called to the Bar in 1995, has joined Exchange Chambers from Furnival Chambers as a door tenant in London.

Criminal barrister Eleanor Laws QC has joined QEB Hollis Whiteman in London from 6 Pump Court.


DWF has announced it has added five lawyers to its partnership during its autumn round, amid 44 promotions in total. Jon Gould and Colin Murray have been promoted in corporate, while litigation lawyer Elspeth Kinder, commercial real estate lawyer Robin Watt and regulatory specialist Vikki Woodfine complete the quintet.

Mayer Brown has made up 27 partners in its latest worldwide promotions round, two of whom are based in the firm’s London office. London-based corporate and securities lawyer Connor Cahalane and banking and finance lawyer Andrew Crotty joined the partnership in London.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has promoted nine partners across London and New York with a third being made up in the City. In London, three women have been made up, including capital markets associate Carol Daniel. Real estate associate Wheatly MacNamara has also been promoted alongside private funds lawyer Seema Shah.