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He trained at Richards Butler, making partner in 1999 and becoming co-head of banking litigation in 2006 before the firm combined with Reed Smith a year later. RPC managing partner Jonathan Watmough said: “We’re absolutely thrilled Tom is joining. Because those firms with the appropriate expertise often act for the ‘sellside’ of the market only, RPC is one of only a very small number of serious City ­litigation practices that are able to act adverse to most of the largest investment banks. And so to be able to attract Tom, one of the leaders in this area, to head an already strong team is a logical and very significant stride forward for us.”



Berwin Leighton Paisner has turned to Linklaters for the hire of a finance director,

with Mark Tothill taking over the role from ­Charlotte Balfry, who has left for personal ­reasons. Tothill was associate director of finance while at Linklaters.

Harbottle & Lewis has announced the arrival of Michael Offer as a consultant in its ­aviation and finance group. Before joining the firm, Offer was a partner at the London office of TLT Solicitors.

Anthony Gold has promoted Margaret Hatwood to the role of partner in its family team. She joined the firm from Thomas Eggar, where she worked as an associate in the firm’s family department. Hatwood specialises in high-value financial cases involving married and unmarried couples.


Associate Kate Newton has joined Bond Pearce’s competition team, bringing with her

six years of experience in competition law. She trained at Hammonds and then joined the antitrust team at Wragge & Co, where she was an associate. Newton is taking on a dual role of competition and data protection lawyer at

Bond Pearce. 


JMW Solicitors has promoted Gordon Cartwright to partner. Cartwright, who has been with JMW for nine years after joining the firm as a trainee solicitor, is a member of the firm’s insurance litigation department, where he specialises in high-value personal injury claims.

Flint Bishop has expanded its family law division with the appointment of Jane

Livingstone as a solicitor. She joins from Robinsons Solicitors.

The Needle Partnership has expanded its practice with four new appointments in

its corporate and commercial teams. Finance solicitor Euan McConnell, who joins from ­Cobbetts where he was a partner, has been appointed as a consultant. Stephen Griffiths joins as a corporate associate from Lupton Fawcett. Associate Victoria Robertson has also moved from Lupton Fawcett, where she worked as an assistant. Jyo Pattis has joined the firm as a ­solicitor after ­leaving Cobbetts’ corporate team.

Boyes Turner has appointed Pritika Grewal as a consultant in its commercial property team. She joins the firm after working as part of the in-house legal team at Biffa Waste Services.

Alison Graham-Wells, a senior lawyer in the VAT and excise litigation team at HM Revenue and Customs, is joining Exchange ­Chambers in Manchester. Graham-Wells was called to

the bar in 1992 and joined the Government Legal Service in July 1994. She advises on ­complex ­litigation concerning indirect tax ­matters. 

West Midlands firm FBC Manby Bowdler has strengthened its corporate department with the appointment of Catherine Ratcliffe. She joins the Wolverhampton office, having  trained and ­qualified as a solicitor at Shoosmiths.


DWF has boosted its Leeds office with the appointment of two new partners. Andrew

Breckenridge, who specialises in finance and banking disputes, joins from Salisbury firm Parker Bullen, where he spent seven years as head of litigation. Alan Herbert, who has specialised in property disputes for more than 20 years, joins from Shulmans in Leeds, where he was a partner.


Salans has strengthened its restructuring practice with the appointment of a counsel in Frankfurt. Mike Danielewsky joins from the London office of Ashurst, where he worked as a senior associate. He specialises in advising banks and funds on the structuring of finance, factoring and leasing, as well as on refinancing and restructuring projects.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has appointed Fermín Garbayo as the lead partner at its Lisbon base. Until now Garbayo headed the firm’s London office. That role will now be filled by partner Miguel Lamo de Espinosa.


Arnold & Porter has appointed patent lawyer Ginger Dreger as a partner in its IP practice in San Francisco. Dreger brings with her a team of 13 people from Goodwin Proctor, including associates Jeffery Bernhardt, Alissa Faris and James Fox. Dreger’s practice will focus on ­strategic advice relating to domestic and ­international patent matters.