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27 July 2004

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  • Francis Neate (pictured left) has joined Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, following his retirement from Schroders. Neate was group legal adviser to Schroders from 1997 and, prior to that, was senior partner at Slaughter and May. Neate is also vice president of the International Bar Association, and is expected to take over as president of the association for a two-year term beginning in January 2005. Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s senior London office partner Stuart Mills said: “We are excited to be supporting Francis during his tenure as vice president and president of the IBA. Francis will be of great value to us in considering the strategic, international issues faced by the profession, and we look forward to working with him.”

  • Leeds-based Walker Morris has strengthened its position in commercial public sector and projects work, including PFI and PPP, by recruiting the two partners heading up the specialist team at rivals Irwin Mitchell. The addition of Andrew Uprichard, head of the public-sector unit at Irwin Mitchell and his fellow partner Julie Muscroft to the firm will take the total strength of the group to ten, with further planned recruitment expected to add an additional two lawyers to the team within coming months. David Kilduff, partner heading the commercial public sector and projects group at Walker Morris, said: “This is a real coup for us. Andrew and Julie are recognised nationally for their abilities in the niche sector of advising joint ventures, not-for-profit organisations and PFI schemes. They will bring valuable and complementary skills, which will add greatly to the depth of resource within the team at Walker Morris, enhancing the national reputation we have developed in this very competitive sector and enabling us to win more appointments.”

  • Mills & Reeve has appointed Steve Allen (pictured left) as a partner in its Birmingham office to lead the commercial-disputes team. Allen joins from the Birmingham office of Wragge & Co where he has been an associate in the commercial-litigation practice for four years. Prior to Wragge & Co, Allen was based in Manchester where he was a partner with Berrymans Lace Mawer. Mark Jeffries, Mills & Reeve’s managing partner said: “Steve’s broad experience will be a valuable addition to our commercial capability. Steve has an established and respected track record in his field and will play an important part in the overall expansion of our Birmingham office.”

  • Charles Russell has appointed Emanuela Lecchi as head of its EU and competition group. Lecchi joins the firm from Allen & Overy, where she was a member of the antitrust group, the communications, media and technology group, and the energy group. Based at the firm’s London office, she also worked for a period in the Brussels office, and was seconded for one year to OFTEL. Lecchi advises on the full range of EU and UK competition law, with a specific emphasis on regulatory issues in telecoms and utilities. Fluent in Italian and French, Lecchi also has a Masters in international and comparative business law, a Masters in information technology and telecommunications law, and is about to complete an MSc in economic regulation and competition.

  • London firm Davenport Lyons has boosted partner levels with five internal promotions. Fraser Bloom, Martin Haines (pictured left), and Sam Tatton-Brown have been promoted in the media department, having all joined the firm between 1999 and 2003. Julie Killip becomes partner in the firm's insolvency group, which she originally joined as an associate in January 2002. She specialises in contentious insolvency, both corporate and personal, and acts for insolvency practitioners, companies, partnerships and individuals on insolvency issues. Alun Thomas becomes a partner in the firm’s licensing group. A former police officer involved in licensing, and clubs and vice, he has experience in contentious and non-contentious work. The promotions take the total number of partners to thirty five.

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