People Moves

Richard Gerstein

Richard Gerstein

Move of the week

Gerstein joins the firm from Matthew Arnold & Baldwin, where he was head of the construction, ­planning and property litigation group. Mishcon head of real estate Nick Doffman said: “Particularly in this time of economic ­uncertainty we recognise the need to invest in what we consider areas of growth. Accordingly, we’re pleased to welcome Richard into the partnership. His considerable ­expertise will add to our strong construction, infrastructure and property litigation capabilities.”


Private client firm Gordon Dadds has ­promoted Fiona Forsyth to the position of ­associate. She has worked as an assistant in the family law team for four years.

Hogan & Hartson has announced that Helen Bignall will be joining its London office as an ­associate in the competition practice. Prior to joining the firm, Bignall practised as an associate in the antitrust and competition team at ­McDermott Will & Emery.

Media boutique Michael Simkins has appointed Mark McQuillan to head its ­employment law group. Simkins was previously a partner at Addleshaw Goddard.

South East

Alex Drake, former head of private client at Sherrards Solicitors in St Albans, has joined Taylor Walton’s private client team as a partner, based in the firm’s Harpenden office.

South West

Hartnell Chanot & Partners has promoted family law expert Rachel Buckley to partner. She has been with the firm for almost three years.


Southampton-based solicitors Paris Smith has retained three qualifying trainee solicitors following the completion of their two-year ­training contracts. Emma Foster takes up a ­position as a solicitor in the firm’s IP team, Gavin McNaughton joins the corporate team and Claire Merritt qualifies into the employment team.


Harrison Clark has continued the expansion of its Cheltenham office with the appointment of employment specialist Andrea Bateman, ­formerly a partner at BPE Solicitors.

George Green has strengthened its private client team with the hire of David ­Birchall, who will head the private client group as a partner. Birchall has left Clarke Willmott, where he was a partner and head of the private client team in Birmingham.


Napthens has expanded its corporate ­department with the appointment of three ­solicitors from rival North-West firm DWF.

Keith Melling, the former head of corporate in DWF’s Preston office, has taken over as head of Napthens’ ­corporate practice. Melling has been joined by business recovery partner Jane Haymes and ­corporate associate Victoria ­Bromiley.


Jaime de San Roman has joined Uría ­Menéndez’s Madrid office as a partner in the firm’s ­corporate practice. Prior to joining the firm he was a longstanding partner at Clifford Chance, where he held the roles of managing partner and senior partner in Spain, as well as head of ­banking, finance and capital markets in Spain.

Diane de Mouy has moved to Orrick Rambaud Martel’s Paris office as a global finance partner. Before joining Orrick, de Mouy was a partner at Clifford Chance for eight years.

CMS Hasche Sigle has strengthened its real estate practice in Frankfurt with the hire of ­partner Heinrich Schirmer. Schirmer has moved from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a principal associate.


Nixon Peabody has named Philip Taub as head of its business and financial services department. Most recently Taub was leader of the firm’s national M&A and private company ­transactions practice groups.

McKool Smith has taken on partner Hugh Ray to run its bankruptcy practice. Ray joins McKool from Andrews Kurth, where he was a partner and head of the firm’s national bankruptcy ­practice.


#Channel Islands law firm Ozannes has hired Jeremy Berchem to join its Jersey corporate team as a senior associate. He joins from Jersey firm Voisin, where he was an associate.

The bar

Outer Temple Chambers has announced that Robert Dickason and Nicolas Hill have both been accepted for tenancy following successful ­completion of pupillage. They both take ­instructions in clinical negligence and healthcare, commercial and business, fraud and extradition, employment and discrimination, pensions, ­personal injury, public law, discipline and ­regulatory. Keira Gore and William Young will now join Outer Temple as pupils. 


Claire Sedgwick has moved to Drax Power’s in-house commodity and derivatives legal team. She joins from Pinsent Masons, where she was a counsel.
Darren Ramen has joined the General ­Healthcare Group’s in-house legal team. Ramen moves from Maitland Advisory, where he was an associate.