May People Moves 2018

01/06/2018 News Team

Offshore law firm Appleby has made six promotions across its Guernsey, Jersey and Mauritius offices, from its corporate and dispute resolution teams. Sharmilla Bhima, Yahia Nazroo and Dushyant Ramdhur have all been promoted to partners and are based in the Mauritius office along with Manisha Lallah and Melissa Virahswamy who have been appointed at counsels. Richard Sheldon has also been promoted to partner and is based in the Guersney office. In addition, Appleby are also welcoming Andrew Harding and Richard Field as partners in the group’s Guernsey office, further strengthening their corporate and dispute resolution teams.

Law firm Boodle Hatfield has strengthened its private client and tax team with the appointment of new partner Kyra Motley. Ms Motley joined Boodle Hatfield on Wednesday 23 May from Taylor Wessing and brings to the firm expertise in multi-jurisdictional wealth planning, international tax and trusts, succession planning and family governance for high and ultra high net worth individuals and their families. 

Offshore law firm Carey Olsen Bermuda has appointed Cheri Minors as a senior associate in its trusts and private wealth practice, reporting into partner Keith Robinson. Ms Minors, who joins the firm after working as in-house legal counsel and group compliance manager for an international insurance company, has more than seven years' experience across of wide range of sectors, including private client and trusts, regulatory, property and insurance.

Law firm Collyer Bristow has appointed Tanya Roberts as a partner within its family law team. Ms Roberts joins from Charles Russell Speechlys and has acted both international and UK clients on family law matters and all financial aspects of relationship breakdown, including divorce, cohabitation and same sex relationships.

Trainee lawyer Bonnie McPartland from offshore law firm Collas Crill has qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales and will now join the trusts and fiduciary team as an associate in the firm’s Jersey office. Ms McPartland, who previously worked in the employment team at Mourant Ozannes, is also accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to provide training contracts for those wishing to qualify as English solicitors.

Isle of Man based law firm DQ Advocates has added Manx Advocate, Dawn Jones, to its staff. Ms Jones joins DQ as a consultant and will bring additional strength and depth to both of the firm's dispute resolution and regulatory and compliance teams.

London-based law firm Edwin Coe has appointed Stuart Hambling as a tax director. Mr Hambling has over 20 years’ experience advising non-UK domiciled individuals, having worked within the expatriate services team at Big Four accountancy firm, EY, as well as at Buzzacott, Bentley Reid & Co and, most recently Saffron Tax, focusing on US tax, UK tax and cross-border issues.

UK law firm Family Law Partners has a new associate who – after a year on sabbatical – has joined the firm having previously worked at Wedlake Bell in London. Gemma Vines is experienced in child abduction and surrogacy issues, as well as divorce & dissolution and financial matters.

2017 eprivateclient Top Trust Company, First Names Group has appointed four client service directors to its offices in Guernsey, Jersey, Singapore and Switzerland, effective immediately. To its private client service line, the group has appointed Sean Breslin in Geneva, Carola Zoni in Guernsey and Mike Pownall in Jersey. Adding to the group’s corporate service line is Mary Arokia in Singapore, who has a decade of experience in the finance industry including legal, corporate secretarial and fiduciary services roles.

Sheffield based private client and family focused law firm Graysons has appointed two new partners - Bradie Pell and Anne Rogers - bringing the firm total to eight. Ms Pell joined Graysons in January 2016 and is head of the firm’s family law team. Ms Rogers has specialised in private client law for the last ten years. She joined Graysons in 2017 to head up the firm’s expanding lifetime planning and estate administration teams. 

UK-based law firm Harbottle & Lewis has appointed Jonathan Burt as a partner in its private capital practice headed by managing partner Glen Atchison. Based in London, Mr Burt has joined from Harcus Sinclair where he was a partner since 2012. He had previously worked as a managing director at Barclays Wealth and in Baker McKenzie’s wealth management department where he became partner in 2004. 

Intertrust has promoted Lucy Blampied to client director in its Jersey private wealth team. In its capital markets team, Cheryl Heslop has been promoted to associate director and within the real estate team, Will Turner becomes client director.

Intertrust has appointed Niall Husbands as head of private wealth in Jersey.  A PAM Awards judge, Mr Husbands is an experienced wealth management practitioner, having worked for HSBC as head of wealth management, Europe in Paris and as head of wealth management, MENA in Dubai before returning to Jersey and joining what is now Intertrust in 2012.

eprivateclient Top Law Firm Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth has promoted two from its private wealth division to partners. The pair are amongst seven partner promotions across the business. Sarah Balfour from the family team and Helen Hutchison from the residential property team are the two new private wealth partners. Ms Balfour is based in Birmingham and Ms Hutchinson is based in Sheffield.

The law firm also made four hires to its will, trust and estate disputes teams in Birmingham and its family team in Manchester. Katie McCann joins the Manchester family team as a partner, while Carole Nettleton joins the same team as a senior associate. In Birmingham, Jonathan Gist joins as a partner and Kate Dixon as a solicitor in its will, trust and estate disputes team. 

The Isle of Man Department for Enterprise has appointed Aidan Doherty as non-executive chair and Michael Crowe as chief executive to lead the Finance Isle of Man executive agency. Mr Crowe is currently a director at Grant Thornton Limited whilst Mr Doherty has spent over 40 years in the financial services industry and is currently a managing director at Permanent Bank International Limited.

KPMG has appointed Krista Woodman as London head of trusts in its private client practice. Ms Woodman will focus on expanding the team’s capabilities in advising family-led businesses with complex ownership structures. Prior to joining KPMG, Ms Woodman spent four years at Smith & Williamson. Also hired by the firm was Abhijit Rawal as a strategy partner with a specific focus on the wealth sector. Mr Rawal has over 13 years of global advisory and industry experience across strategy, business transformation, retail distribution and new customer propositions. He will work with colleagues from across KPMG’s advisory practices to help firms with their growth, deals and overall strategic and digital agenda.

Luxembourg based tax and legal advice firm Loyens & Loeff Luxembourg has added Christine Beernaerts as counsel. Ms Beernaerts has more than 20 years of experience in assisting international clients in navigating through domestic and cross-border tax rules and has joined from Bonn Steichen & Partners, where she was a principal in the Luxembourg and international tax practice.

2017 eprivateclient Top Trust Company Ocorian has launched a new corporate trust offering with three additional senior-level banking hires: Sally Gilding, Chris Wilson and Sinead McIntosh. Their arrival follows the appointment of Alan Booth as managing director of Ocorian's UK business in February, having previously held the role of global head of product management within Deutsche Bank's corporate services division.

Offshore law firm Ogier has launched a new range of legal services in insurance and private wealth into the Luxembourg market, led by Eva Gyori-Toursel who has joined Ogier as counsel. Under Ms Toursel, Ogier's Luxembourg office will expand its established investment funds, corporate and finance services.

2017 eprivateclient Top Trust Company PraxisIFM has hired wealth and estate planning specialist Matt Litten to its Guernsey trust team. Mr Litten has more than 20 years’ experience in the wealth management industry and in his role as director will be responsible for managing and developing key ultra-high net worth client relationships, while also contributing to PraxisIFM trust’s strategic plans.

Law firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur has promoted Chris Keough to partner in the property team and Carina Smith to partner in the family team. The firm has also made a number of other promotions across multiple practice areas. Simon Dixon (corporate), Robert Emmett (family), Shahnaz Farahi (property litigation), Tulin Hamit (tax and private client), Phoebe Julian (Leeds healthcare), Jinal Shah (London healthcare) and Amy Wilson (Leeds healthcare) have all been promoted to associate.

Law firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur has expanded its family team with the appointment of consultant Christopher Butler. Mr Butler specialises in the negotiations arising in high value divorce cases with a particular focus on complex financial and trust issues.

RBC Wealth Management, part of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), has appointed Fiona Lucas as managing director, relationship management, in its London office. In her newly created role, Ms Lucas will be responsible for driving the overall performance of client teams within the sales and relationship management division and further expanding the firm’s network of relationships within the advisory community.

Farhana Shahzady, a London-based family law partner at Blake Morgan, has been appointed to Resolution’s national committee. Ms Shahzady joins the national committee this month and will have a particular focus on divorce reform and protecting access to justice for vulnerable people. 

Roythornes Solicitors has appointed Carolyn Byrne head of trust services and head up Roythornes Trustees Limited (RTL).  Ms Byrne joins from Shoosmiths and “will be responsible for delivering the private client team’s strategic aims over the next few years, securing trustee compliance and profitable growth for the firm”.

2017 eprivateclient Top Trust Company, Sanne, has appointed Tracy Burns as director of global operations based at Sanne’s headquarters in Jersey. Ms Burns will be responsible for leading the development and rollout of Sanne’s operations, helping to support the business with its growth and creation of global operational centres.

Cheshire- based law firm, SAS Daniels LLP, has made several promotions, bolstering its private client team as part of its growth and development strategy. Rachel Condie, Genevieve Powrie and Kerry Jones have been promoted to associates, working across the corporate and private client teams respectively. Associates Anna Barnes, Scott Tams, Sarah Pull and Vicky Timothy have also all been promoted to senior associate, boosting the offering of the dispute resolution, commercial property and private client teams. Additionally, Paul Tyrer has been made partner in its corporate team and solicitor Warren Moores has joined its employment team along with recently qualified solicitor Charlie Wood.

Norfolk-based Spire Solicitors has promoted Ejike Ndaji to partner. Mr Ndaji is based in the Wymondham Office and specialises in all areas of private client law including will drafting, administration of estates, powers of attorney, court of protection work and estate planning. At the same time the firm promoted Susan Ward to partner.

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its global private wealth practice with the appointment of partner Kevin Lee, who joins the firm in Hong Kong. Mr. Lee's practice covers private wealth advisory, trusts, tax, philanthropy, corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, general business law, private equity and cross border transactions. 

East Midlands law firm Timms Solicitors has appointed Jo Robinson as head of wills & probate. Ms Robinson has joined the firm from Flint Bishop where she was an associate and will now lead a team of ten across Timms’ offices in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, Burton-upon-Trent, Swadlincote and Ashby.

Private client law firm Wilsons has appointed Jenny Lau as a director in its property and commercial litigation team. Ms Lau will be based in the firm’s London office and joins from Fieldfisher where she was a director specialising in commercial dispute resolution across a number of industry sectors.

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