Moves: Keystone Law nabs former Dentons Middle East boss

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has picked up ex-Dentons Middle East head Leigh Hall as a consultant. He joined legacy firm Denton Wilde Sapte from Squire Patton Boggs in 2007 and was named Middle East managing partner in 2011. After six months in the role Hall left the firm to become general counsel at Sphere Petroleum, a role he will continue while at Keystone.



Eversheds has strengthened its ­London insurance practice with the hire of Frank ­Thompson as a partner. ­Thompson leaves K&L Gates, where he was a senior associate.

Family and divorce barrister Ian Cook has left 1 Kings Bench Walk to join the partnership of Irwin Mitchell. He will be in the firm’s private client team.

Philip Crump has left Gibson Dunn & Crutcher after 18 months. It is not yet known where he will resurface.

Addleshaw Goddard has continued to strengthen its City real estate group with the appointment of construction specialist Julia Court as a partner from King & Wood Mallesons (KWM). This follows the arrival at Addleshaws of a four-strong real estate team from KWM in December.

Disputes partner Clarissa Coleman has left Addleshaw Goddard to join K&L Gates. Coleman joined Addleshaws in 2011 after working as senior litigation counsel to Vincent Tchenguiz for two years. Prior to this she trained and then worked at Clifford Chance for 11 years.

Simmons & Simmons has hired capital markets partner Jonathan Mellor from Allen & Overy (A&O).



Browne Jacobson has recruited corporate finance partner Michael Stace in its Birmingham office. He was most recently joint head of corporate finance at Blake Morgan.

Northern Ireland

Real estate partner Judith Allen has joined the Belfast office of TLT after spending five years at A&L Goodbody.


Bird & Bird has hired KWM’s German head of employment Barbara Geck as a partner in Frankfurt. Geck brings with her associate Daniela Gudat.

Ince & Co is opening an office in Marseille with the hire of two shipping partners. Fabien d’Haussy and Laurianne Ribes have both joined the firm after having established their own firms in the region.

Simmons & Simmons has recruited Peter Parez as counsel in its corporate and commercial team in Brussels. He joins from Bird & Bird.

Guillaume Kessler has joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe as a corporate partner in Paris. He joins the firm from the Paris office of Olswang, where he was managing partner  and head of the Paris corporate group.

Belgium firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has increased its regulatory offering with the hire of two partners in Brussels. François Tulkens and Vincent Ost have both joined the firm from NautaDutilh.

Dentons has appointed Daniel Vázquez as a partner and head of the firm’s environmental practice group in Spain. He has joined the firm’s Madrid office from Uría Menéndez, where he was counsel.


Blank Rome has added Amy Barrette and Jeremy Mercer as partners in its energy and environment group in Pittsburgh. They both join the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright.

A&O has appointed two new partners from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. Gregory Mocek and Anthony Mansfield have joined the firm’s investigations and litigation practice in Washington DC.

Hogan Lovells has bolstered its finance practice with the hire of Stacey Rosenberg as a partner in Los Angeles. She joins after spending the best part of 10
years at Latham & Watkins.

DLA Piper has expanded its litigation practice with the hire of Thiru Vignarajah
as a partner in the firm’s Baltimore office. He was most recently deputy attorney general for Maryland.

Emily Huggins Jones has joined the environmental, safety and health practice of Squire Patton Boggs in Cleveland. She was formerly a partner at Thompson Hine.


Norton Rose Fulbright has expanded in South Africa after hiring four-lawyer boutique Keller Snyman Schelhase in Cape Town. As part of the move Andrea Keller, Anton Schelhase and Lauren Fine all join Norton Rose as directors.


Andrew Smith has joined Jones Day as a partner in the energy practice in Brisbane, from Clayton Utz. His arrival brings the total number of lawyers in the firm’s Brisbane office, which opened last year, to eight.

Bird & Bird has recruited James Durnall as special counsel in Sydney. He has joined from UK-based Golden Square Energy, where he served as head of legal.

Kirkland & Ellis had added Paula Liu as a partner in  Shanghai. She has joined the firm’s
corporate practice from the Shanghai office of Clifford Chance.

Ropes & Gray partner Geoffrey Chan has left the firm to head the Asia-Pacific investment management practice of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in Hong Kong. Chan joined Ropes from O’Melveny & Myers in 2011.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has taken nine partners from Orrick as the firm expands its China practice to Hong Kong. The team is led by Orrick’s former global leader of  capital markets, Edwin Luk.



Michelmores has appointed Andrew Oldland QC as a senior partner. He joined the firm in 2011 and replaces Will Michelmore, who has served as the firm’s senior partner for the past 15 years.

Orrick has promoted counsel Sushila Nayak from the structured finance practice in London to partner.

Vinson & Elkins has made up eight  lawyers to its  partnership. The firm’s promotions round included  lawyers from six practice groups in offices in the US and London.

Travers Smith has appointed Simon Rutman as the firm’s new head of real estate. Rutman has been a partner at the firm since 2000 and will lead a team of four partners. He succeeds Anthony Judge, who headed the practice for three years.

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