People Moves

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has bolstered its Moscow practice by hiring corporate partner Ilya Rybalkin from Hogan Lovells.

Move of the week

The appointment comes after Akin Gump turned to Hogan Lovells’ legacy firm Hogan & Hartson for the hire of a Geneva office. Rybalkin’s practice is focused on ­international and domestic taxation, M&A, and litigation and arbitration. Akin Gump ­international corporate transactions head Rick Burdick said: “Well-known and widely ­respected in the marketplace, Ilya is a skilled practitioner whose diverse and vibrant practice will enhance our capabilities in Moscow.”



  • Shipping and international trade lawyer ­Imogen Rumbold has joined Lax & Co as a ­partner. She arrives from LG, where she had been a partnersince 1991.
  • Druces Solicitors has hired partners Derek Collinson and Graham Atkins to its property finance and property teams respectively. Collinson joins from the property finance ­department of Howard Kennedy, where he had been a partner for the past eight years. Atkins joins from Bevan Brittan, where he was a partner.


  • Cripps Harries Hall has promoted Chris Wilkinson to its partnership. Wilkinson, who ­qualified in the London office of Blake Lapthorn in 2001, joined Cripps Harries Hall in 2009. He is head of estates and specialises in advising high net worth individuals on the creation and use of willsand trusts and complex estate ­planning issues.
  • Stephens Scown has promoted Judith Hockin, an immigration solicitor based in Exeter, and Jason Harris, a personal injury legal executive in Truro, to the position of associate.
  • Annelie Carver has joined Michelmores as an associate to specialise in commercial law. She joins from Ashfords, where she was a partner in the corporate and commercial department.
  • BP Collins has appointed three new partners: Diane Gill, James Townsend and Craig Williams. Gill advises on business acquisitions anddisposals as well as cross-border corporate re-organisations and restructurings. Townsend works across the private and public sectors, and specialises in statutory and contractual disputes. Williams focuses on commercial litigation.
  • Coffin Mew has appointed two new partners and a solicitor. Philip Stephenson joins the ­corporate partnership, Jonathan Lupton becomes an insolvency partner and Eddie Reynolds joins the wealth management team as a solicitor. ­Stephenson joins from Penningtons, where he made partner in 2005 and became head of ­corporate in 2008. Lupton has joined the firm from Hull-based Carrick Read, where he was also a partner.


  • M&A Solicitors has promoted senior ­associates James Moss and Claudia Le Gros to partner, bringing the firm’s total number of ­partners to 15. Moss, who specialises in ­employment law and was previously an associate with TLT, joined the firm in July 2009 to head its employment team. Le Gros, previously with ­Eversheds, joined in April 2007 and is a member of the firm’s projects team.


  • Brodies has boosted its partnership with the promotion of three lawyers, while also reelecting its managing partner and chairman for further terms. Edinburgh-based Jackie McGuire has joined the partnership in the firm’s public sector services group, while Glasgow-based Jonathan Cornwell and Manus Quigg have been promoted in the personal injury and construction and engineering groups respectively. Managingpartner Bill Drummond, who has led the firm since 1998, has been returned to the post for a further three-year term, while chairman Joyce Cullen has also been handed a further three-year term. Cullen has held the post since 2004.]
  • Dundas & Wilson has promoted senior ­associate Graeme Young to partner. Young ­specialises in public procurement and joined Dundas & Wilson as an associate in 2005.


  • Jones Day has announced that Elizabeth Evans has joined the firm as a banking and finance ­partner in its New York office. Evans joins the firm from Weil Gotshal & Manges, where she was a corporate partner.
  • Duane Morris has hired Mitchell Frank as a special counsel in its New York IP practice. He joins the firm from Unilever United States, where he was assistant general counsel for commercial law and trademarks.


  • Carey Olsen has recruited Vanessa Moussaieff, Sophia Harrison, David Jones and Oliver Quarmby as lawyers. Jones joins from Howes Percival after completing his training contract. Moussaieff has joined the firm as a pension specialist having completed her training at Clifford Chance. Harrison, who is a qualified barrister, completed her pupillage with 5 Paper Buildings and then moved into private practice with Salans, focusing on banking and finance litigation. She joins the firm’s litigation team as an associate.