People Moves

Halliwells has taken on Nicola Loadsman as a partner in its Sheffield dispute resolution team.

Move of the week

She joins from Nabarro, where she was a partner. Loadsman, who is a member of the firm’s insurance department, focuses her practice on areas including product liability. Neil Thompson, head of the firm’s Sheffield office, said: “Nicola has a great understanding of the market in which we operate and we all look forward to working with her in the coming months.”



  • Linklaters has announced the appointment of Mark Middleton as graduate recruitment ­partner. He is a capital markets partner and
    steps into the role to coincide with the transfer of ­projects ­partner Matt Keats to the firm’s Moscow office. Alongside existing graduate recruitment partner Euan Clarke, Middleton will be ­responsible for overseeing the firm’s graduate recruitment ­initiatives in the UK.
  • TLT has recruited corporate recovery and insolvency lawyer Andrew Lockerbie from ­Nabarro, where he was a senior associate. He joins TLT’s London office as an ­associate in the 12-strong corporate recovery and ­insolvency team.
  • Wedlake Bell has boosted its commercial property team with the appointment of Jay Das as a partner specialising in town and country planning. She joins the firm from Matthew Arnold & Baldwin, where she
    was a partner.
  • Salans has taken on David Grant as a partner in its reorganisation, restructuring and ­insolvency group. He joins the firm from ­Halliwells, where he was a partner.


  • Alsters Kelley has taken on two paralegals for its family law department: Beenita Pema-Patel and Emma Schofield. Pema-Patel ­specialises in Children Act proceedings, ­injunctions, ­cohabitation law, domestic violence and ancillary relief. Schofield ­specialises in divorce, as well as Children Act ­proceedings and injunctions.
  • Solicitor Justine Flack has joined the family law team at Howes Percival in the East ­Midlands, working in the Leicester and Northampton offices. The team forms part of Howes Percival’s private client group. Flack joins the firm from Clarkes Solicitors, where she was a solicitor.


  • Michael Briggs, a lawyer at Howes Percival in Leicester, has been named the Young Solicitor of the Year 2010 by the Leicestershire Law ­Society. As part of Howes Percival’s community programme, Briggs planted flower bulbs and dug up forest fencing in challenges organised by Leicestershire Cares.He also did a ­parachute jump, took to the catwalk
  • for a fashion show and took part in a half-marathon.
  • Two senior managers at Shulmans are the firm’s first non-lawyers to become associates. Shulmans extended its Progression in Practice (PIP) scheme, designed for solicitors, to allow other senior managers to achieve ­associate ­status. Human resources manager Geraldine Shaw and head of business support Paul Beales are the first two to have gone through the new PIP career development process.
  • Stephensons Solicitors has boosted its ­clinical negligence department with the hire of Sonia Marshall, Helen Shaw and Anna O’Hanlon as solicitors. Marshall was previously a solicitor for the North West Ambulance Service,
  • while Shaw has been recruited from Coles Miller Solicitors. O’Hanlon has joined from Gregsons Solicitors.


  • Clifford Chance has promoted senior ­competition lawyer Jim Back to counsel. Back’s practice focuses on EU and UK competition law, with an emphasis on the pharmaceuticals sector. The promotion brings the number of counsel based in the Brussels office of the firm’s ­European competition and regulation group back to three following Ninette Dodoo’s secondment to the Beijing office last year.

Asia and Middle East

  • Trowers & Hamlins has made two new ­partner hires for its international projects group. Stewart Simpson joins from Simmons & ­Simmons, where he was a managing associate in Dubai. Peter Bowring joins from King & Spalding in London, where he was of counsel.


  • Chadbourne & Parke has announced that it has hired former Walt Disney company IP executive Rajappan Balagopal to join its Los Angeles office as a senior IP strategist. While at Walt Disney, ­Balagopal was vice president of its technology IP management team. The firm has also taken on Stephen Manetta as a counsel in New York. He joins from General Electric, where he was head of the oil and gas division’s IP department.