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Simmons & Simmons has appointed head of employment Janet Gaymer to take over from Bill Knight as the firm''s senior partner. She becomes the only female senior partner at a top 20 firm. Gaymer will take over the role in September and says she her aims will be European integration and addressing lifestyle issues within the firm

2 April 2001

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Simmons & Simmons has appointed head of
employment Janet Gaymer to take over from Bill Knight as the firm's senior
partner. She becomes the only female senior partner at a top 20 firm. Gaymer
will take over the role in September and says she her aims will be European
integration and addressing lifestyle issues within the firm

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Clifford Chance
is losing one of its senior lawyers
asset finance partner Tom Budgett. This
has prompted a departmental reorganisation. Budgett is not only leaving
Clifford Chance
where he has practised for 28 years
but is also leaving the
profession. He joins leading Australian bank ANZ as director of leasing and
tax-based finance.

The London
office of Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter has recruited the founder of
the intellectual property (IP) department at Nicholson Graham & Jones. Sarah
Kirk specialises in non-contentious IP and IT work
focusing on commercial IP/IT
agreements relating to e-commerce
data protection
outsourcing and corporate
deal support.

San
Francisco-based Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is losing London managing
partner and project finance specialist Ian Johnson. He is joining DLA's
commercial and projects group before April. The move comes only months after
securitisation partner Tamara Box moved to Ernst & Young's associated law
firm Tite & Lewis.

Asset finance
firm Watson Farley & Williams has recruited two partners from DJ Freeman.
Tax partner Christopher Comyn and corporate partner Jonathan Martin will join
Watson Farley as partners
although they are still negotiating their departure
dates. Comyn has been with DJ Freeman for 13 years and was formerly at Norton
Rose. Martin has been with DJ Freeman for just under three years
after joining
from Herbert Smith.

Richards Butler
has hired shipping partner Charlie Weller from niche shipping firm Jackson
Parton. The move signifies a return to Richards Butler for Weller
who trained
with the firm. He moved to Jackson Parton as a junior assistant in May 1994 and
became a partner there in 1997. Shipping group head Adam Morgan says that Weller
will boost the 10-strong Greek shipping practice in London and will assist the
Piraeus office.

The National
Farmers' Union (NFU) is losing its chief legal adviser as the workload increases
as a result of the foot-and-mouth crisis. Richard Vidal
who has worked for the
NFU for 14 years
is joining the Ministry of Agriculture as a legal
adviser.

Leading fraud
litigator John Hume is joining Kingsley Napley from the now defunct Ralph Hume
Garry. Name partner Hume joined the specialist litigation and arbitration firm
four years ago. Previously
Hume
who qualified as a solicitor-advocate in 1995

was with Titmuss Sainer Dechert (now Dechert). He joined in 1970
making
partnership three years later. In 1987 he became head of litigation
a role that
he held until his departure. Hume is recognised as one of the leading lights in
fraud litigation
focusing in particular on Serious Fraud Office and Fraud Squad
inquiries.

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