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January 2020: Legal Movers and Shakers

Posted by Alex Barrett

Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the legal sector. Here are the key movements in January 2020:

Hogan Lovells has announced that Raj Panasar will be joining the firm as a Capital Markets Partner in the Corporate Practice team in the London office. He will be joining from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP on 1 January 2020.

DLA Piper has hired Bob Maynard and Caroline Pope as Partners in its litigation and regulatory practice in London.

Shoosmiths has welcomed Paul Alger and Choisanne Man as Partners in its Real Estate team in London.

Stephenson Harwood has added three new Partners to its London-based Private Equity team: Malcolm MacDougall, Adam Crossley and Richard Coleman join the firm from Charles Russell Speechlys.

Finance lawyer, Don Brown has joined Stephenson Harwood’s London office as a Partner.

Six lawyers have recently been promoted to Partner at Veale Wasbrough Vizards. In the London office Bob Fahy (employment) has been made up to Partner.

Gowling WLG has announced that Andy Stylianou will become the UK LLP’s new Chair - effective from May 2020. The appointment follows the decision of the firm’s current chair, Andrew Witts, to return to his fraud and asset recovery practice full-time in spring 2020.

Schillings has expanded its Cyber and Information Security team with the appointment of Peter Yapp, who joins the firm as Partner to lead the Cyber team.

Capsticks has announced that Martin Hamilton has been reappointed as the firm’s Managing Partner for a further term through to April 2023.

There have been two judicial appointments at Herbert Smith Freehills in London. Disputes Partner Tom Leech QC has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge . Meanwhile, Senior Associate Graeme Robertson has been appointed Recorder (Deputy Circuit Judge).

Baker McKenzie has re-appointed Alex Chadwick as London Managing Partner.

Baker McKenzie has announced the hire of Private Equity Partner Justin Hutchinson. He will join the firm’s Private Equity team in London, at the start of 2020, from Kirkland & Ellis.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has promoted 15 Attorneys to Partners, effective 1 January 2020.

Weil Gotshal & Manges has announced that Neil Devaney is joining the firm as a Partner in its Business Finance & Restructuring practice in London.

Duane Morris LLP has announced that Samuel J Pearse has joined as a Partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s London office.

Edwin Coe has appointed Sean Bannister as Head of Tax.

Trowers & Hamlins and Manucci Advogados have launched a new initiative to support cross-border investment and trade between Brazil and the UK.

Mazars has appointed Frank Strachan as a Partner and Head of Tax Investigations.

Shoosmiths has appointed Thomas Morrison to its Financial Services team.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has appointed Ben Denison as Director of Information Technology with effect from 6 January 2020.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards has announced a number of promotions. In the firm’s London office Dominic Speedie (commercial litigation) and Joanna Goddard (regulatory & compliance) have been promoted to Senior Associates.

Kingsley Napley has announced that Alison Riley will be joining the firm’s International Crime team as Legal Counsel in January 2020.

Charlotte Duly has joined Charles Russell Speechlys’ Intellectual Property Group as Head of Brand Protection.

Taylor Rose TTKW has promoted Senior Conveyancer Liz Lennox as Head of Residential Conveyancing in Peterborough.

Sacker & Partners has announced the appointment of Angela Stafford as Associate in its know-how team.

James Wood has joined Stewarts Law as a Legal Director within the Personal Injury team. He joins from Aspire Law.

Marriott Harrison LLP has welcomed solicitor Rima Mehay to the firm’s Employment team.

OGR Stock Denton has expanded its family law practice with the appointment of solicitor Holly Covington.

Eversheds Sutherland has welcomed Partner Simon Lightman to its Technology practice.

Pinsent Masons has appointed Andrew Sackey as a Contentious Tax Partner in its London office.

Ashurst has announced the appointment of Anna-Marie Slot as the firm’s first Global Sustainability Partner.

Allen & Overy’s Andrew Ballheimer is to step down as Global Managing Partner at the end of his current term on 30 April 2020 and retire from the firm.

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