Morrison & Foerster has appointed tax practitioner Michael Frank as a partner in its Palo Alto office. Frank was previously a partner at DLA Piper.

•Offshore firm Harneys has hired Marco Martins as a senior associate to head its Latin America practice. Martins joins from Norton Rose, where he was client knowledge counsel and co-manager of knowledge management.

Maples and Calder has appointed commercial barrister Jo Cunningham and trusts specialist Lorraine Bartlett to its British Virgin Islands team as associates. Cunningham joins from Quadrant Chambers, where she was a barrister, while Bartlett joins from a private client, which she advised as in-house counsel.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has hired Lewis Ferguson as a partner in Washington DC. Ferguson was previously general counsel of US not-for-profit corporation the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Berrymans Lace Mawer has appointed two partners in its catastrophic injury teams. Stephen Hazleton and Roger Brooks join the Birmingham and Manchester offices respectively. Hazleton joins from Eldridge & Co, where he was partner, while Brooks joins from Halliwells, where he was also a partner.

•Offshore firm Ozannes has hired Mark Chambers as a corporate partner and advocate. Chambers joins from Bedell Group, where he was a senior associate.

Wedlake Bell has promoted corporate tax associate Michael Ridsdale and property associate Michael Morris to its partnership. Ridsdale has been at the firm since 2005, while Morris joined the firm in 2002.

Keoghs has promoted Ruth Needham, Stratos Gatzouris and Lucy Walker to its partnership. Needham heads the fraud ring team, while Gatzouris heads a client team. Walker is currently on an internal secondment as project manager overseeing the rollout of Keogh’s new case management system.

Foley Hoag has appointed patent litigator and partner Donald Ware as chair of its IP group. The firm has also appointed partner Dana Gorden as the group’s deputy chair.

Andrew Kurth has appointed Mark Solomon as managing partner of the Dallas office. He will also serve as a member on the newly created executive committee.

Jones Day has appointed Weston Loegering as a partner in its Dallas office. Loegering joins from US firm Hughes & Luce.

•Welsh firm Hugh James has promoted five associates to its partnership. They are Richard Locke, Richard Lane, Robert Thomas, Martin Jones and Peter Hurn