It’s time to take a look at the lateral partner recruitment moves in London so far this year, including a rare Slaughters partner hire…


Name To                       From Practice Area Notes
Dan Schaffer
17 Feb 2017
and May
Herbert Smith Freehills Pensions
and Employment
Schaffer has nearly 20 years’ experience advising at partner level on all aspects of pensions law, with a particular focus on strategic advisory and transactional work. He also has significant expertise in advising on pensions disputes, having been involved in several landmark pensions cases. He is a former chairman of the Association of Pension Lawyers’ International Committee.

Prior to Herbert Smith Freehills, he spent 12 years as a partner at Freshfields.

Carl Allen
Feb 2017
and Restructuring
Carl specialises in financial restructuring and business recovery and has extensive experience advising banks, corporate stakeholders, directors, creditors, debtors and insolvency practitioners in relation to finance and security arrangements, mitigating insolvency risk and dealing with insolvency situations – including accelerated sales processes. Allen also advises on debt finance matters, debt trades, risk participations and security arrangements on a syndicated, multi-bank or bilateral basis and advises corporate entities and banks on establishing or closing-out derivatives and hedging transactions.


David Parkes
Feb 2017
Simmons &
King & Wood Mallesons Corporate David’s practice is focused on domestic and international M&A, including extensive experience in Africa. Parkes specialises in public and private acquisitions / disposals, joint ventures, private fund raisings, re-organisations and strategic advisory, as well as capital markets and private equity.


Jonathan Mellor
Jan 2017
Simmons &
Allen & Overy Capital Markets Prior to joining Simmons & Simmons, Jonathan had a long career at Allen & Overy, where over the course of 30 years he advised a wide range of underwriters and issuers on all types of capital markets issuance (with a principal focus on complex debt capital markets transactions). In recent years he has had a particular focus on the equity-linked market, building up a significant practice advising a range of issuers and financial institutions.


Simon Ovenden
Will join in May 2017
Simmons &
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP Capital Markets Ovenden has extensive experience representing corporate and sovereign issuers, as well as financial institutions, in issuances of debt and equity securities across a wide range of debt and equity capital markets transactions in jurisdictions ranging from the US to Nigeria and Pakistan.


Helen Hagan
Feb 2017
Simmons &
Herbert Smith Freehills Real Estate Finance Helen advises borrowers and lenders on a broad range of lending transactions and debt restructurings with a particular focus on the real estate sector. Her experience includes working in Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Moscow as well as in London.


Nigel Adams,
John Goodman,
David Knapp,
Danielle Singer,
Michelle Traxler and
Tom Walshaw 
DAC Beachcroft Clyde & Co Claims Solutions Team consisting of six partners and 21 legal professionals.




Neil Trayhurn and Dragos Stoica
Feb 2017
Hill Dickinson Triton Global Limited Insurance Trayhurn joins as Head of insurance (London) bringing more than 20 years’ experience to the role. Formerly head of legal at Triton Global, he has also held several senior management positions at Bond Pearce including head of dispute resolution and was founding partner of the firm’s London office.

Stoica joins the firm as partner having held the position of commercial director and solicitor at Triton Global for ten years where he was primarily focused on developing new business opportunities. Stoica has also spent a number of years in the insurance industry as a claims adjuster.


Jessica Kohler
March 2017
Hill Dickinson Capsticks Commercial / Health A recognised expert in procurement law, Jessica has acted for both NHS bodies and GPs in relation to delivering greater efficiency in service delivery and service integration and alliance/partnership working linked to clients’ innovative plans for devolution, STPs, accountable care systems, new NHS models of care and primary care led out of hospital care services. She also has significant experience advising on major complex healthcare transactions and public / private joint ventures, mergers, IT services procurements, and shared services across the public and private sector.


Jo Rickards
Feb 2017
Mishcon de Reya Kingsley Napley Business Crime Jo has also worked as a partner at DLA Piper and at Peters & Peters where she qualified. She is a specialist in white collar crime and represents individuals and corporate clients on corruption, fraud and money laundering matters, including those being investigated by the SFO, FCA, Competition and Markets Authority and HM Revenue and Customs. She has been involved in all the major SFO investigations since the Office was created. She has extensive experience of advising clients through internal investigations involving LIBOR and FX transactions.


Josh Wong
Feb 2017
Signature Litigation DLA Piper Dispute Resolution and Litigation Wong was previously a partner at DLA Piper and prior to this, he was a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills. He acts for a broad range of clients, focusing particularly on Chinese-based organisations, utilising his in-depth knowledge and experience of practising in both China and Hong Kong to advise Chinese companies on their disputes in Europe as well as European companies conducting business in China. He has expertise representing clients in ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, SCC and UNCITRAL rules and also specialises in security, asset tracing and enforcement actions involving Russia, Ukraine, India, China and offshore jurisdictions such as BVI, Cayman and Belize. Wong is native Chinese , speaks fluent Cantonese and good Mandarin, and is a regular speaker on issues relating to China at events organised by the China Britain Council, UK Trade and Investment and China Britain Law Institute


Jennifer Kafcas
Feb 2017
McGuireWoods LLP O’Melveny & Myers Debt finance
and Derivatives
Kafcas has 17 years’ experience of advising lenders and borrowers in complex structured and cross-border transactions in Europe and the US. She has particular knowledge of the bond, leverage finance and derivatives markets and documentation across many industry sectors. She has represented major investment banks in their capacity as lender and hedge counterparty and private equity funds in respect of leveraged finance, asset-based financings, and bond transactions


Wendy Miles QC
March 2017
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Boies, Schiller & Flexner Dispute Resolution Wendy will be a member of the firm’s global international dispute resolution group. She has 20 years’ experience and has conducted arbitrations under all the major institutions, as well as ad hoc arbitrations and significant public international law matters. Miles is a vice president of the ICC Court of Arbitration. She is admitted to practice in England & Wales, and New Zealand.


Rob Bratby
Feb 2017
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP Olswang Telecommunications, Internet and Media Bratby focuses his practice on corporate and regulatory work in telecoms, media and technology across Europe and Asia. He advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, and equity and debt investments, and has experience structuring foreign investments into emerging markets. His commercial practice spans IT and BPO outsourcing transactions, digital and mobile money arrangements, e-commerce and m-commerce, and more. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Bratby spent a number of years in private practice, where he was head of an international law firm’s commercial group and head of its telecoms sector. He also spent five years as in-house counsel at COLT Telecom and worked for the UK telecoms regulator OFTEL.


Ian Wood
Feb 2017
Squire Patton Boggs King & Wood Mallesons Energy & Natural Resources Ian has a particular focus in nuclear energy, nuclear waste management and nuclear decommissioning. He also has experience in power and renewable energy and the low carbon energy sector, advising on regulated procurement, commercial contracts and construction issues. In addition, he advises on major infrastructure projects in the transportation and energy sectors. He was called to the Bar in 1990 and practised as a barrister for ten years before becoming in-house counsel to British Nuclear Fuels plc, where he spent six years. He returned to private practice as a partner in an international law firm in 2006.


Clarissa Coleman
March 2017
K&L Gates Addleshaw Goddard Litigation
and Arbitration
Clarissa regularly acts on multi-million pound corporate litigation cases including claims relating to private equity structures, fee agreements, introducer agreements, failed joint ventures, warranty claims and breach of contract. Clarissa has a lot of experience acting for high-net-worth individuals and at the end of 2015, she successfully defended one of the highest 1975 Act claims to reach the courts.


Jason Yardley
Feb 2017
Jenner & Block White & Case Litigation
and Arbitration
Jason has 20 years’ international litigation and arbitration experience. He has represented clients in a broad range of matters involving banking, finance, mining, energy, technology, media and telecommunications issues. He has represented clients before all divisions of the English High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Privy Council. Before joining the firm, Yardley practised for almost 17 years at White & Case in London, becoming a partner in 2004. His practice has encompassed claims relating to joint ventures and shareholder disputes, derivatives, fraud, contentious insolvency and breaches of contract, trust and fiduciary duties, for clients including banks, funds, companies in the oil, gas, energy and telecoms sectors, amongst others, and sovereign states.


Emma Russell
Jan 2017
Haynes and Boone CDG Carey Olsen Finance Emma acts for lenders, borrowers and sponsors on a wide range of domestic and international financing transactions, specifically in the real estate finance and funds finance sectors. She has considerable experience advising lenders and funds on a range of financing products across all fund sectors, including private equity, real estate funds and funds of funds


Zoë Connor
Feb 2017
Haynes and Boone CDG Ashurst Finance Zoë joins the firm from Ashurst, where she advised a variety of lenders, borrowers, sponsors and financial institutions across a range of cross-border and domestic financing transactions, with a particular focus on the financing of investment funds and financial institutions. She has extensive experience in handling fund finance transactions across all fund sectors and has acted as lead counsel on many of the market’s largest fund finance facilities to top-tier global funds.


Andreas Silcher
Feb 2017
Haynes and Boone CDG General Counsel at Cardiff LNG (UK) Ltd. Maritime and offshore energy Andreas represents clients in transactional matters in the maritime and offshore energy sectors. He has worked for more than a decade in the maritime, oil and gas, and finance sectors on a wide range of commercial transactions, from negotiating shipbuilding contracts to structuring complex multi-national joint ventures. He is fluent in Greek, German and Spanish.


Ian Gatt QC
Feb 2017
Stewarts Law Herbert Smith Freehills Commercial disputes Ian will support the firm’s commercial litigation, competition litigation,

international arbitration and employment departments. He was called to the Bar in 1985 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002. He is an accredited mediator.


Gordon Bell
Feb 2017
Gowling WLG Reed Smith International
Gordon’s sector experience includes construction, energy, oil & gas, shipbuilding, and defence projects. He will join the firm’s contentious construction team.


Ross Baker
Feb 2017
BLM Bond Dickinson Professional
Ross specialises in professional indemnity and directors’ and officers’ insurance. He has over 16 years’ experience in the London insurance market, including a secondment in the financial lines team of a US insurer.


Myles Levy
Jan 2017
Joelson Howard Kennedy Construction Myles is a member of the Society of Construction Law and has more than 15 years’ experience advising on all legal aspects of construction projects. He has extensive experience in the residential, commercial and retail sectors, and also acts on all construction aspects in relation to development finance. His dispute resolution work includes cases involving defective works, payment issues, traditional construction time and money disputes, and health and safety compliance matters. He also advises on cases involving construction insolvency and insurance matters.


Mary-Ann Wright
Feb 2017
Gunnercooke DWF Family law Mary-Ann advises on complex and often high profile family law matters, often with an international element. She is the immediate past chair of the Women Lawyers Division of England & Wales. Wright will be joined by senior associate Raj Bhattoa and a group of in-house family counsel and paralegals.