Moves: 9 April 2012

Thomas Eggar partners have elected litigation head Victoria Brackett as the firm’s first-ever female managing partner, while also revamping its overall management function.

Move of the week

Brackett, who will take over on 1 May, succeeds Tony Edwards, who has been managing partner for eight years and who will remain at the firm in a senior capacity.
Brackett said: “We want to be recognised within our chosen sectors as one of the leading firms.”

A fluent German speaker, Brackett trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and joined Thomas Eggar as an associate in August 2004, making partner in May 2005. She was voted onto the partnership council in 2007 and became head of commercial dispute resolution in May 2010.


Maclay Murray & Spens has hired Nick Rutter, its seventh partner appointment in five months. He joins the firm’s financial services team and will
be based in the London office. Rutter joins from Thomas Eggar, where he was head of the firm’s funds practice.

Elena Cooper has joined the London office of Fasken Martineau as a partner in the firm’s employment group. Cooper specialises in Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal work, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistle-blowing. She leaves a senior associate position at Dundas & Wilson.

Berwin Leighton Paisner has grown its banking and capital markets offering with the hire of senior associates Toby Hewitt from Allen & Overy and Catherine Overton from Clifford Chance. Both will join the London office.


Plymouth firm Woollcombe Yonge has welcomed Emma Outram, Eleanor Barber and Alexis Hager on board. Outram rejoins as head of family after two years away from law, while Barber joins as a solicitor from Foot Anstey and Hager joins as a solicitor-advocate from Hayes Law in Hammersmith.

William Addis, former head of employment at Clarkson Wright & Jakes, has joined the employment and HR team at Brachers in Kent as a partner. The firm has also been joined by associate Colin Smith from HR and employment specialist Outset, solicitor Kuldip Matharoo from Kent County Council’s legal team and solicitor Clare Pullinger from the London office of Norton Rose.

Morgan Cole has added to its Thames Valley commercial property team with the appointment of two new solicitors: Marica Nicholson and Charlotte Astley. Nicholson joins from Nicholsons in Suffolk and Astley from Reading-based Blandy & Blandy.

Chartered legal executive Val Prosser has rejoined the elderly client team at Furley Page. Prosser moves to the firm’s Canterbury office following 20 years at its base in Whitstable.


The Sheffield office of national firm Irwin Mitchell has welcomed Julie Morrissy as it targets construction and engineering growth. She joins as a partner
from DLA Piper, where she was head of the firm’s engineering and construction team in Yorkshire for the past five years.

Liverpool-based firm Yaffe Jackson Ostrin has lost family law specialist Sue Clements. She has left the firm after 23 years to run Hughes Carlisle Law’s new office in Tuebrook as director.

Dickinson Dees has boosted its nascent Leeds office with the hire of Pinsent Masons’ local office head Mark Owen. Owen joins Dickinson Dees as a partner. The firm has also added to its Leeds base with the hire of director David Cunningham, who joins from Eversheds, where he was a senior associate.


Energy specialists Manfred Ungemach and Johannes Kindler have joined the international energy and utilities sector group at Bird & Bird, and will be based at the firm’s Düsseldorf office. Ungemach joins as a partner from White & Case and of counsel Kindler joins from German regulatory body Bundesnetzagentur.


Faegre Baker Daniels has hired Bob Anderson as a partner to lead the renewable energy practice area in the firm’s energy, resources and cleantech industry group. He has moved from the San Francisco office of Foley & Lardner, where he was a partner.

David Yohai has been named co-head of Weil Gotshal & Manges’ complex commercial litigation group. The promotion is to replace David Lender, who has become
co-head of the global litigation department.

Shearman & Sterling has named Marcus Franks as its global chief HR officer. Franks will move to the firm’s New York office after being based in London. The former army officer used to work at Allen & Overy.


Norton Rose has announced the appointment of Jing Wang as a corporate partner in Beijing. Jing, who focuses on M&A, moves from Allen & Overy’s Beijing office, where he was a counsel. He has expertise in the biotechnology, food and beverages sectors.


Simon Bourn has joined the Performing Right Society for Music as the organisation’s senior lawyer for legal and business affairs. Bourn moves from the International
Federation of the Phonographic Industry – the trade association for the international recording industry – where he was senior legal adviser for two-and-a-half years.