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15 December 2003

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  • Gavin Wakefield has joined Technology Law Alliance, a specialist IT, outsourcing and e-commerce law firm. He was formerly UK head of legal at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Wakefield said: “Having overseen and advised on a number of large and complex IT outsourcing deals in my five years with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, I felt that I had achieved my objectives with the company. The time was therefore right for me to take on a new challenge. I am looking forward to using the experience that I have gained to deliver a specialist commercially-driven service. I am delighted that Technology Law Alliance has given me the opportunity to deliver for other clients the type of service that I demanded as a client myself.” Technology Law Alliance was launched at the beginning of 2003 by Jagvinder Kang and Stephen Ollerenshaw, both former senior technology lawyers at Wragge & Co.
  • International law firm Allen & Overy has boosted its presence in the Chinese market, with the appointment of Simon Black to managing partner and two new associates to the Shanghai office. An English-qualified lawyer, Black has spent the last seven years in the firm’s Hong Kong office advising on banking and project transactions in the PRC, mainly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Black joins international capital markets and corporate partner Xiaowei Ye, who joined the firm in July this year in Shanghai and is US-qualified. The partner duo will be supported by three Mandarin-speaking, foreign-qualified associates and two PRC legal assistants, four of whom recently joined the firm or were transferred from other Allen & Overy offices.
  • Eversheds is also focusing on its Shanghai office, which opened in June 2003, with the appointment of Yvonne Percival as deputy chief representative. Percival joins from Stephenson Harwood, where she was lead partner in the firm’s practice, specialising in international trade, trade finance and arbitration, both contentious and non-contentious. She will work alongside managing partner Lih Shyng Yang. Head of international Alan Jenkins said: “Since we opened the office in Shanghai, in conjunction with Eversheds’s associate firm Khattar Wong, we have been thrilled by the interest shown by clients both within and outside China. Yvonne’s arrival will further expand the services we are able to offer as well as enhance the business of the office.”
  • Antonia Spring has joined the litigation department of Winchester firm, Egglestones Solicitors. Spring moves to Hampshire central London, where she says she could get away from the hectic pace of the city and settle down in a more calm and picturesque environment. While Spring’s previous experience of personal-injury litigation has been to pursue claims on behalf of the client, she is now working at Egglestones to defend clients against such claims as well.
  • Personal injury firm Donns Solicitors has promoted Adele Warchester, Katherine Hopkins, Ayesha Nayyar and Charles Layfield to partners. Warchester has been director of quality, with responsibilities for HR, quality and training for five years. Hopkins has been promoted to client-care partner in charge of the employers’ liability and PL department. Nayyar joins the firm’s specialist catastrophic injury team as partner acting for clients who have suffered serious injuries and Layfield has been promoted to partner in the PI litigation department.

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