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A roundup of new appointments

5 March 2001

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Alan Whitfield is leaving BT to
join KPMG law firm KLegal. He joined the group 20 years ago
and has been head
of the legal department at BT since 1995. He will join KLegal in June as a
partner in its telecoms group. Whitfield is the second to leave BT in as many
months
following the announcement of Anne Fletcher’s departure to the BBC in
January.

 

Daniel Cunningham
a leading
M&A and derivatives lawyer
is joining Allen & Overy’s New York office

from Cravath Swaine & Moore
where he will take the position of senior
partner. Cunningham has been a partner at Cravath for 18 years

Edward Smerdon
partner of Davies Arnold Cooper
has left
to join Reynolds Porter
together Chamberlain with his senior assistant Simon
Goldring. Smerdon and Goldring have been practising at Davies Arnold Cooper for
five and seven years
respectively.

The London office of Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has attracted a top
partner from arch-rival Brobeck Hale and Dorr. The San Francisco firm is
recruiting corporate finance partner Julia Bracewell from Brobeck
where she was
hired as the first UK lawyer. Both firms claim to be global technology law
firms
although MoFo has been slower to build up its London operation. It
currently has only two partners in London. Bracewell joined Brobeck in 1995 and
became a partner three years ago.

Former senior partner Douglas Alexiou is leaving private client firm Gordon
Daddsat the end of July to set up a specialist family law practice
together
with fellow partners Jeremy Fisher and Susan Phillips.

John Vivian is joining SJ Berwin. He will be joined by assistant Katheryn
Almond
who is set to become a partner when she joins the firm.

Rena Filed and a team of three assistants from Le Brasseur are to join
Vizard Oldham. The team move comes after Le Brasseur was dropped from the
National Health Service’s litigation panel. Following the NHS’s panel review
Vizard Oldham picked up more work and increased the need to expand it’s
heathcare department.

Jeremy
Willcocks is leaving Pinsent Curtis Biddle to go to US firm Arnold & Porter.
He will take equity as well as becoming head of corporate.

Paul
Oldham
head of the Asian finance practice at Lovells
is being transferred from
the Hong Kong office to Singapore. Oldham has spent seven years in Hong Kong and
this latest move is set to build the firm’s relationship with alliance partner
Lee & Lee. John Hartley will take over Oldham’s responsibilities in the Hong
Kong office.

Norton
Rose international securities partner
Charles Proctor
is leaving to join Tite
& Lewis. He is the third finance partner to join the
firm.

Pitmans
has taken on the former head of Fladgate Fielder’s planning unit
Sheila Carter

an employment partner from Morgan Cole
and Joanne Riddick
a former vice
president from the Cupola Group in Asia.

Steven Travers
head of legal at
the London Stock Exchange (LSE)
has quit his post after being in the job for
less than four months. He will be replaced by Catherine Johnson
an internal
appointment from the LSE's regulatory department.

Gary
De’Ath is joining the Bristol firm Veals Wasbrough as an assistant from
Birmingham firm
Shakespeares
to specialise in education. John Deakin
who
specialises in sports law
is also joining Veale Wasbrough as an assistant from
Pardoes
a Bridgewater based firm.

Olswang is
taking on Richard Hildebrand as a corporate partner from the London office of US
firm
Dewey Ballentine
where he was an associate.

Eversheds
is losing two banking litigation partners from its Bristol office before it
shuts in May. Peter Fisher-Jones will become the head of litigation
a newly
created post
for Citibank and the investment bank arm Schroder Salomon Smith
Barney
after working on secondment at Citibank since October. Osborne Clarke
OWA is taking on Nicolas Mehlig
who specialises in banking and recoveries
litigation for lending institutions and the banking
industry.

Standard
Life has created a new role of director of legal services that will be filled by
Marlcom Wood
corporate partner at Scottish commercial firm

Burness.

Malcom
Wood
corporate partner of Scottish firm Burness is moving to Standard Life

where he will take on the newly created role of director of legal
services.

Advocate
Deborah Lang
managing partner of Jersey law firm
Bailhache Labesse
has
assumed the additional role of managing director of the associated trust
company
Bailhache Labesse Trustees Limited.

Larry
Cranch
managing partner at US firm Clifford Chance Roger & Wells
is
stepping down from the position a year early. Cranch will be replaced by global
head of litigation
Jim Benedict. This is just the latest development in a major
shake-up of the firm’s global management.

Leading
insurance partner
Stuart White
is quitting Hextall Erskine after 20 years to
join Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.

Landwell
is taking on Stephen Mostyn-Williams
the former head of acquisition finance at
Shearman & Sterling’s London office. Mostyn-Williams will join as business
development director.

Karen Goh
has joined leisure giant
Thomson Travel Group
from Masons. Goh will be the
first in-house IT specialist at the company.

Eversheds
pensions partner Susan Andrews is quitting to join Pinsent Curtis Biddle.
Andrews
who is regarded as a rising star in pensions law
qualified as a
barrister before re-qualifying as a solicitor.

Halliwell
Landau is taking on two practising barristers to provide in-house counsel.
Adrian Wallace is joining the firm from Peel Court Chambers
while Sadie James
is moving to the firm from King’s Bench Chamber.

Berwin
Leighton has strengthened its construction and engineering group with the hire
of a team from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Partners Caroline Pope and Bob Maynard
joined in mid-February
with senior assistant
Simon Goss
and assistants
Paul
Flook
Sarah Dyer and Claire McNamara.

Lovells
has recruited a former senior lawyer from the BBC to join the firm’s media
group.  David Attfield is joining
Lovells from the BBC where he was senior lawyer.

Osborne
Clarke OWA has poached Eversheds director of business development Simon Slater
as its first ever director of strategy. Slater began his new role on 5
March.

ABN Amro is reviewing its legal
panel as part of a huge global rationalisation and reorganisation drive. The
motive behind the decision is to reduce legal fees throughout its operations.
This latest development follows the arrival of Laurie Adams
who joined the bank
in September last year as head of legal for its wholesale banking unit. However

his role has now changed to global head of wholesale and compliance.

Chicago-based Sidley & Austin
and New York's Brown & Wood are planning a merger that will form the third
largest firm in the US. The merger will have a big impact on the London market
as the combined London firms’ operations will create a formidable capital
markets practice. With nearly 100 lawyers in the City
Sidley Austin Brown &
Wood
as it will be known
will be one of the biggest London offices of a US
firm
as well as one of the most specialist. The talks
which have been going
since January
have already gained management approval
and the next step will
entail practice groups and international offices negotiations in the final stage
of the process. Brown & Wood will adopt Sidleys' management style.

Watson Farley & Williams' New
York office has lost half its finance partners to US practice
King &
Spalding. The departures follow the collapse of the merger talks between Watson
Farley and US firm
Hunton & Williams
for the second time. The three

Philip Spector
Raymond Simon and Caryn Hemsworth
are joining King &
Spalding's finance group as lease finance partners. Their departure leaves
Watson Farley's New York office with three finance
partners.

City
firm
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert
is broadening its corporate practice through
the appointment of an IT team in Oxford. The team will set up an office in
Oxford Business Park
giving Barlows a UK presence outside London for the first
time.

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