May Moves: Hires, Departures and Promotions at HSF, Eversheds and More

Claire Hughes has been appointed head of Pinsent Masons’ global real estate business. Edwards succeeds James Crookes, who will continue to lead the firm’s real estate practice group. She has been with the firm since 2007 and was head of client relations for the firm’s property sector and head of the London property practice for over 8 years.

Eversheds Sutherland partner and head of hedge funds Ben Watford left the firm to join Haynes and Boone. Watford have spent the past four years at Eversheds, according to their LinkedIn profile. His practice focuses on structuring and establishing onshore and offshore investment funds in various jurisdictions.

Russell-Cooke has hired Frances Murray as a partner in its fraud and criminal litigation team. Based in London, Murray comes from Rosenblatt where she has spent the past two years according to her LinkedIn. His experience lies in representing corporations and high net worth clients in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed partner Sylwia Maria Bea as EMEA Co-Head of Financial Restructuring and Insolvency. Associated in the company’s Frankfurt office, Bea joins current co-head EMEA James Stonebridge who works from the company’s London office. She has significant experience in advising managers, shareholders and investors of companies in difficulty in the context of insolvency proceedings. Bea has spent the past two years as a partner at the firm according to her LinkedIn profile.

Browne Jacobson has named its next chief and deputy bureau chiefs for its bases in Birmingham, Exeter, London and Manchester. Appointments are for a three-year term. The firm’s Birmingham office will be jointly led by partners Rachel Lyne and Mike Jackson, in Exeter partner Nigel Lyons will lead, partner and head of commercial and intellectual property Declan Cushley has been reappointed as head of London and partner Peter Allen has been appointed head of Manchester. The firm has also appointed partners Kay Chand, Ian Long and Rob Wofinden to a new Nottingham board.

Herbert Smith Freehills has hired Helen Hopkin as the company’s first director of global workforce strategy and implementation. Based in London, Hopkin joins the firm from PwC where she held various chief operating and human resources roles for more than two decades. The newly created role will focus on developing a clear workforce strategy “that meets current and future business needs,” according to a company statement.

Ince announced the promotion of four partners in May, including two in its London office, as well as one in Shanghai and one in Cardiff. In London, William Spencer was promoted to partner in the property team and Peter McNamee was promoted to Ince’s dispatch team. Meanwhile, Zeldar Wang, based in the firm’s Shanghai office, has also been promoted to partner – the lawyer specializes in maritime, commodities and trade and commercial litigation. In Cardiff, Jessie Blain [pictured] was also promoted to a member of the real estate and commercial property team.

Herbert Smith Freehills has hired Helen Hopkins as the company’s first director of global workforce strategy and implementation. Based in London, Hopkin joins the firm from PwC where she held various chief operating and human resources roles for more than two decades. The newly created role will focus on developing a clear workforce strategy “that meets current and future business needs,” according to a company statement.

Claire Hughes has been named head of Pinsent Mason’s global real estate business. Edwards succeeds James Crookes, who will continue to lead the firm’s real estate practice group. She has been with the firm since 2007 and was head of client relations for the firm’s property sector and head of the London property practice for over 8 years.

Eversheds Sutherland Partner and Head of Hedge Funds Ben Watford left the company to join Haynes and Boone. Watford have spent the past four years at Eversheds, according to their LinkedIn profile. His practice focuses on structuring and establishing onshore and offshore investment funds in various jurisdictions.

Russell-Cooke has hired Frances Murray as a partner of its fraud and criminal litigation team. Based in London, Murray comes from Rosenblatt where she has spent the past two years according to her LinkedIn. His experience lies in representing corporations and high net worth clients in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Norton Rose Fulbright named a partner Sylwia Maria Bea as the new EMEA Co-Head of Financial Restructuring and Insolvency. Associated in the company’s Frankfurt office, Bea joins current co-head EMEA James Stonebridge who works from the company’s London office. She has significant experience in advising managers, shareholders and investors of companies in difficulty in the context of insolvency proceedings. Bea has spent the past two years as a partner at the firm according to her LinkedIn profile.

Hogan Lovells has hired former Latham & Watkin and Clifford Chance technology practice manager Luke Grubb, where he spent 14 and three years respectively, according to his Linkedin profile. Based in the firm’s London office, he joins the digital asset and blockchain practice as a consultant.

Irwin Mitchell has expanded its wealth management team with the acquisition of Cheshire-based TWP Wealth. The company has acquired 10 employees, who will remain in their current office, and no layoffs will occur as a result of the acquisition. This addition will expand Irwin Mitchell’s financial services and financial planning capabilities to private and corporate clients. IM Asset Management currently has £1 billion in assets under management, with the acquisition adding a further £100 million.

Browne Jacobson has named its next chief and deputy bureau chiefs for its bases in Birmingham, Exeter, London and Manchester. Appointments are for a three-year term. The firm’s Birmingham office will be jointly run by partners Rachel Lynne and mike jackson, to partner Exeter Nigel Lyons will lead, partner and be responsible for commercial and intellectual property Declan Cushley was reappointed as head of London and associated Stone Allen was appointed manager of Manchester. The firm has also appointed partners Kay Chand, Ian Long and Rob Wofinden to a new Nottingham board.

Addleshaw Goddard has strengthened its tax and restructuring practice with the hiring of Zoe Fatchen of Gowling WLG at its London office. Fatchen has extensive corporate tax experience with UK and multinational clients, including complex structuring advice, risk management, tax and contentious litigation and cross-border capital deployment.

Ince announced the promotion of four partners in May, including two in its London office, as well as one in Shanghai and one in Cardiff. In London, William Spencer was promoted to partner in the real estate team, and Peter McNamee was promoted to Ince’s Expedition Team. Meanwhile, Zeldar Wang, based in the firm’s Shanghai office, was also promoted to partner – the lawyer specializes in maritime, commodities and trade and commercial litigation. In Cardiff, Jessie Blain was also promoted to a member of the real estate and commercial property team.

Osborne Clarke continues to expand its international tax team by appointing a specialist incentive partner Anika Chandra. Chandra joined the London office of Shoosmiths, where she was a partner and headed the incentives practice, having previously worked at Stephenson Harwood, Allen & Overy and CMS. She will work closely with Michael Carter, who leads the incentives team at Osborne Clarke, part of the firm’s nine-partner UK tax practice.

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