November People Moves 2017

01/12/2017 News Team

Law firm Birketts has promoted 23 lawyers across its four offices covering a range of legal services. These include in Chelmsford - Sara Hull (residential conveyancing, senior associate) and Susan Young (wills and advisory, senior associate); in Ipswich, Rachel Watson (residential conveyancing, associate); and in Norwich, Louise Agnew (agriculture, associate) and Sarah Wood (wills and advisory, associate).

UK law firm Blake Morgan has promoted 54 lawyers and support staff who work across its offices in the Solent region, Thames Valley, London and Cardiff. There were six promotions within the firm’s London office, including three lawyers becoming senior associates: James Danks, Cass Scarborough and Antonia Dowgray. Meanwhile Keziah Pearson has been promoted to senior solicitor, commercial litigation specialist Conor Daly has been promoted to associate and banking and finance expert Felicity Rowan been made legal director.

Law firm Boodle Hatfield has named Rudy Capildeo a partner. Mr Capildeo - who joined Boodle Hatfield in August 2016 from Goodman Derrick - focuses on the corporate and commercial aspects of the art and classic car markets. Mr Capildeo's clients include artists and their estates, auction houses, collectors and family offices, private galleries and dealers, museums, foundations and philanthropists, financiers and investors and clients with interests in wine, classic cars and other luxury assets.  He also has a strong and growing practice of advising high value entrepreneurs and fast-growing businesses.

UK law firm Brabners has boosted its family team with the appointment of Richard Rigg from DWF. Mr Rigg, who joins as an associate in the Liverpool office, has five years’ experience in family law, with particular expertise in divorce and complex financial settlements arising from relationship breakdown.

2017 eprivateclient Top Trust Company Equiom has hired Sarah Weir as managing director for Equiom Scotland. Ms Weir previously held the role of finance director and head of operations before being promoted to managing director, a position which became available when the interim managing director, Stevie Christian, returned to his principal role of head of integration – Europe.  

Furthermore, Equiom appointed Peter Nagle as managing director to lead its strategy in Hong Kong, succeeding Jeremy Fearnley who becomes head of M&A and organic growth – Asia. Most recently, Mr Nagle served as global head of trust and fiduciary and compliance reporting products for Standard Chartered in Singapore.

UK law firm Harrison Drury has hired Eve Carter as a director to head up its private client team, based in its Preston office. Ms Carter is a specialist in Court of Protection and mental capacity issues, and will advise clients and their families across the region. She joins from Linder Myers Solicitors and also has experience working for London and South West firm Foot Antsey. Furthermore, Ms Carter has particular experience of managing the affairs of children and adults that have lost capacity through acquired brain injury (ABI) and brain injury at birth.

2017 eprivateclient Top Trust Company Hawksford has appointed an associate director with 11 years’ experience in the legal and financial services industries to its private client team. Former 2016 eprivateclient Top 35 under 35 Carly Vardon’s responsibilities will include working with fellow directors to implement Hawksford’s private client business plan and developing new business opportunities. She will also play a role in managing and growing the private client team and ensuring all clients receive a quality service.

Intertrust in Jersey has appointed an experienced associate director in its corporate services team. Chris Bowden joins the company from Vistra with 19 years’ experience in the trust and corporate services sectors.  Mr Bowden will look after a portfolio of clients and will provide company administration, director and company secretary services to a diverse range of corporate structures. He will also focus on business development, as Intertrust seeks to grow its Jersey corporate services business.

Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth has recruited two partners to its growing wills, trusts and estates disputes team in its London and Leeds offices. Claire-Marie Cornford joins the firm’s London office from Mishcon de Reya, where she specialised in high-value trust and estate disputes, often involving an international element. In Leeds, James Laycock joins Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth from Gordons. 

The firm also appointed Jeremy Raj to the newly created role of national head of residential property for the UK law firm. Mr Raj, who joined IMPW in September as head of London residential property, was previously at Wedlake Bell where he was head of the residential team from 2006 to 2013.

Law firm Kingsley Napley has added Anita Gill to its private client team as a partner on 1 November 2017. Ms Gill joins the firm from Charles Russell Speechlys where she was a partner in the capacity team. She is particularly well known as a professional deputy, managing and overseeing the property and financial affairs of individuals who have lost the capacity to make their own decisions.

London based boutique private client law firm, New Quadrant Partners, has promoted Sophie Voelcker to partner. Ms Voelcker qualified in 2008 and has been with NQP since its formation. She advises some of the firm’s largest families regarding their wealth structuring, succession planning and trusts. Her focus is primarily on UK resident and/or domiciled individuals, trustees and beneficiaries with a particular interest in cross boarder taxation and succession issues affecting UK expats in France and Malta.

NWH Global, formerly Newhaven, has appointed Charlotte Denton as global chief executive. A chartered accountant, Ms Denton has led the firm's Guernsey office as managing director since January 2017 and overseen the rebranding of the business. She will now assume responsibility for the global operation. Previously, Ms Denton served as head of client servicing, global family and private investment offices group at Northern Trust (formerly Barings) before becoming managing director of the group.

Law firm Phillips Nizer LLP has added two new partners to the firm’s growing New York headquarters. Richard J. Adago represents high net worth individuals in divorce proceedings, and advises clients with respect to property distribution agreements, custody issues, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, paternity suits, and other matrimonial matters relating to real estate, tax, and trust and estate planning. Thomas L. Fuerth represents real estate owners, tenants, lenders, developers and management companies in all facets of commercial and residential real estate transactions. He also handles protests of New York City real property tax assessments for all types of commercial and residential properties. Prior to joining Phillips Nizer, Mr Fuerth was a partner of the law firm Wormser, Kiely, Galef & Jacobs LLP, and prior to that, of Snow Becker Krauss P.C., where he served on the executive committee.

2017 eprivateclient Top Residential Property Buying Agent, RFR, has bolstered its search & acquisition team with a new director. Charlie Naughten, a former partner at Strutt & Parker, joins RFR having worked in the former's prime central London offices. Prior to entering the property industry seven years ago, Mr Naughten was in charge of the MCC’s sponsorship team at Lord’s Cricket Ground where he counted Deutsche Bank, Investec, NatWest and JP Morgan as corporate clients.

UK audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has promoted private client specialist Rajiv Vadgama to partner. Mr Vadgama becomes a tax partner in the firm’s private client practice in London. Mr Vadgama joined RSM in 2011, after almost 15 years in two of the Big Four firms. In his new role, he will focus on growing the business among high net worth individuals, predominantly non-UK domiciles. At the same time, RSM has also promoted Ian Taylor to audit partner and who will be based at the firm’s office in Liverpool. Mr Taylor joined RSM in 2015 and has over 10 years’ audit experience working in the mid-tier specialising in providing audit, assurance and financial reporting services with particular expertise advising organisations in the real estate sector. 

Law firm Stephenson Harwood has strengthened its private wealth team with the arrival of partner Laurence Ho, who joins the firm's Hong Kong office. Mr Ho's practice is focused on international tax, trust and estate planning matters for high net worth individuals, families, estates and fiduciaries. Mr Ho is also experienced in advising on US expatriation and pre-immigration matters, as well as counselling individuals and families on their US tax compliance and foreign bank account reporting obligations. He joins Stephenson Harwood from Withers where he was a partner.

Talbots Law has appointed Richard Stone to its trusts and estates team in the Stourbridge office, responsible for providing legal advice on wills and wealth planning, administration of estates and post death matters and the creation and administration of trusts. Having qualified as a solicitor in April 2010, Mr Stone is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and has experience of working in the West Midlands and supporting a range of individuals and high net worth clients.

Regional UK law firm Thrings has appointed Sally Pike, a family law specialist with more than 20 years’ experience, as its fourth partner in Hampshire. Experienced in all aspects of marriage, civil partnerships, divorce and separation, Ms Pike joins Thrings from Coffin Mew, where she was a partner and head of the family team. Ms Pike has worked on mid-to-high net worth cases involving complex financial assets such as property, pensions and company assets. Ms Pike becomes the Thrings’ fourth partner in Hampshire, joining agriculture lawyer Mark Charter, private client solicitor Rachel Brooks, and commercial and corporate specialist Mary Chant.

International law firm Withers has hired Neasa Coen as special counsel in its London charity and philanthropy team. Ms Coen joins Withers from Berwin Leighton Paisner, where she led charities work as associate director in the charity law group. Having also worked at Stone King and Baker & McKenzie, Ms Coen is also a member of the tax committee of the Charity Law Association, Charity Tax Group and Philanthropy Impact.

At the same time, Withers expanded its finance and real estate capability with the hire of Kenneth Szeto and his team in Singapore. Mr Szeto and his team, who join Withers from law firm Colin Ng & Partners, are made up of senior associate John Tan and legal executives Juliet Ee and Joey Koo. The team’s clients include banks and financial institutions, property investors, funds and high net worth individuals.

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