November people moves 2018

03/12/2018 News Team

Aon has made two senior appointments to its UK private client division, with Nick Gavin-Powell becoming head of private clients, while James McDowell takes up the role of head of fine art. Mr Gavin-Powell joins from seven years at Howden Group, a specialist insurance broker, where he was most recently divisional director for its private office. Mr McDowell joins Aon from 16 years with AXA Art Insurance, where he was a senior fine art underwriter. 

Independent fund and corporate services provider Aztec Group has appointed Joel Kavyu as associate director within its private equity team. Based in Jersey, Mr Kavyu will lead a relationship team and oversee the delivery of fund accounting, financial reporting, investor services and a range of other administrative activities.

Offshore law firm Bedell Cristin has appointed Catherine Cadman as head of knowledge to lead its knowledge strategy, based in the firm’s Jersey office. In this newly created role, Ms Cadman will have oversight of its global presence across six jurisdictions and is tasked with maximising how knowledge is captured, shared and applied across Bedell Cristin.

North West UK law firm Brabners has made a series of appointments in its Preston office, including Sarah Murphy as a partner in its private client team. Ms Murphy joins the firm from JWK Solicitors and is a member of the Law Society’s Private Client Section Committee, which acts as a national advisory board for legal issues including wills, powers of attorney and estate administration. Associate Hannah Bates and solicitor Mairead Platt are also joining the firm, which in addition to Preston, has offices in Liverpool and Manchester.

2018 eprivateclient Top Offshore Law Firm Collas Crill has expanded its international trusts and private client practice with the appointment of Cerisse Fisher as senior associate. Ms Fisher has joined from Virtus Trust Group having previously worked at Ogier as an associate.

2018 eprivateclient Top 35 Under 35 - John Sneddon - has joined Deloitte to work in the big four accountancy and advisory firm's US/UK High Net Worth team. Mr Sneddon joined Frank Hirth following graduating from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in accounting and finance in 2010. He was promoted to senior manager in July of this year prior to being named as a Top 35 Under 35 in eprivateclient's annual list of rising stars in the UK private client sector.

City of London law firm, Druces, has appointed Edward Gordon-Hall as its new finance director.  Mr Gordon-Hall has more than 20 years’ experience gained across a variety of UK and international professional services firms including Kilburn & Strode where he was practice director and at Lewis Silkin where he was finance director. Most recently he was at Edwin Coe as head of finance for almost three years.

2018 eprivateclient Top Trust Company Equiom, has appointed Nick Evans to the newly created role of global chief operating officer. Reporting to global chief executive, Sheila Dean, Mr Evans will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the company and will also lead the team of jurisdictional managing directors across the group.

 Equiom also announced the appointment of Peter Marsh as client services director. Joining the Jersey office, Mr Marsh has more than 23 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having worked in senior trust roles within a number of independent and bank-owned financial institutions in Jersey, British Virgin Islands, Switzerland and most recently Singapore, where prior to joining Equiom in September this year, Mr Marsh was a trust director at Standard Chartered Bank from 2014 having previously worked at Vistra in the same jurisdiction.

Experienced private client and family specialist head-hunter James Quick has joined Fox Rodney Search as an associate director. Mr Quick has been recruiting for about 15 years and more recently has built a repuation having handled the largest team moves in private client and family in recent history.  He joined the firm in October from a boutique legal search firm where he was head of its private client & family practice.

Swindon-based Francis George Solicitor Advocate has strengthened its team with new staff making it an 18-member team split across all its departments, encompassing family law, conveyancing, civil litigation, probate, finance and support staff. The newest team member is Trisha Telles, who joined the firm in early October as a conveyancing assistant. Currently studying LLB law with management studies at Aston University, Ms Telles has joined Francis George during her placement year, having completed the second year of her studies. 

Intertrust has appointed Alison Parry as head of private wealth in Guernsey, effective February 2019. Ms Parry joins the firm from Butterfield Trust where she was the regional head (Bahamas & Cayman). Prior to this, she trained at Coutts & Co. She has also worked at Barclays Wealth as Guernsey fiduciary head and was managing director, trust and corporate at Legis Group.

Intertrust in Guernsey has appointed internally a new managing director with more than 20 years’ experience in the global fiduciary and corporate industry. Taking on the role is Marie McNeela, previously head of corporate client services at Intertrust in Guernsey. Ms McNeela began her career with Coutts in London, moving then to the Cayman Islands before relocating to Guernsey in 2002 where she worked at Credit Suisse Trustees, Rothschild Trust and most recently Lancaster Trustees before joining Intertrust in 2018. 

National law firm Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth’s tax, trusts and estates (TTE) team in London has appointed Philip Barth to head its immigration team. Mr Barth joins the team from Withers and has over 25 years of experience in handling personal immigration cases for high net worth individuals.

The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) has appointed of two new commissioners, Mark Hoban and Monique O’Keefe, to its board. Mr Hoban and Ms O’Keefe were sworn in on Friday 9 November by the Royal Court and will begin their respective five year terms on 1 December 2018. 

The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) has appointed Martin Moloney as director general, with his five year term beginning 28 February 2019. He will automatically become a member of the JFSC board of commissioners, while Julian Lamb, director of registry, will continue to serve as registrar. Mr Moloney is currently a special adviser on risk and regulation to the Central Bank of Ireland, where he has worked for the past 16 years, previously leading the markets policy, markets supervision, and legal and finance divisions respectively. Prior to this, he also worked at the Irish Department of Finance. 

Newly launched JTC Private Office has appointed Rebecca Bettany as senior director, to lead the day-to-day running of the office. Having spent most of her career in London working with ultra-high net worth families and clients, Ms Bettany left the family office she founded to return to Jersey and take on this role. Previously, she also was a senior private banker at Lombard Odier. Karen O’Hanlon has also joined JTC as a private client focused senior director. She will relocate to Jersey from Asia, where most recently she was managing director of First Names Group in Singapore.

Boutique London-based private wealth law firm Maurice Turnor Gardner (MTG) has appointed Emma-Jane Weider as the firm’s managing partner. This new role will be complemented with the continuing service of MTG's co-founder, Clare Maurice, as senior partner. Ms Weider joined Allen & Overy as a trainee in 1996 and was an integral part of the private wealth practice that demerged to set up Maurice Turnor Gardner in 2009. 

Morton Fraser has confirmed that only two partners, Gregor Mitchell and Douglas Hunter, are joining it from the proposed acquisition of Addleshaw Goddard’s 10 strong Scottish private client team. A spokesperson for the firm told eprivateclient that it understands that while such “deals are agreed in principle” they can “change in practice.” He added that the firm “respects the decision of those that felt their future lays elsewhere” and that it “will continue to try to attract the best people to the team.”

2018 eprivateclient Top Offshore Law Firm Mourant has snapped up departing Jersey Finance CEO, Geoff Cook, as a consultant from early 2019. After 12 years at Jersey Finance, Mr Cook is transitioning to work with Mourant as part of a change in career direction. Mourant said in a statement that the role was "one of a small number of anchor relationships for [Mr Cook] and will become a platform from which he will continue to build a portfolio of other advisory and non-executive positions."

After nearly 15 years as group chief executive of Ocorian (formerly Bedell Trust), Nick Cawley will stand down from his position on 31 December 2018, the Jersey-headquartered   2018 eprivateclient Top Trust Company has announced. He will be succeeded by Stuart Layzell, who is currently the firm's CFO and COO. Mr Cawley will however remain with the business as chairman of several Ocorian entities and also take over the leadership of its global private client services.

London law firm, Payne Hicks Beach, has expanded its landed estates and agriculture team with the appointment of Simon Blackburn as a partner, effective immediately. Mr Blackburn joins the firm from Macfarlanes where he was a senior solicitor since July 2014. He has also held roles at Birketts and Mills & Reeve. 

Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has appointed Sarah Turgoose as a private client partner strengthening its Southampton tax team. Ms Turgoose joins RSM from being a senior manager at Deloitte, bringing over 16 years’ experience working with private clients providing wide ranging tax advice to entrepreneurs, their families, businesses and family trusts. Prior to that she was an associate director at Baker Tilly for almost 11 years. 

UK accountancy firm Saffery Champness has appointed Diane Petit-Laurent, who specialises in providing solutions to owner-managed business clients with both a national and international presence, as a corporate partner. Joining the Manchester office, Ms Laurent was previously at Deloitte in Manchester where she held roles as a director and senior manager over a span of five years. Prior to that she was a senior manager at Mazars for four years. 

2018 eprivateclient Top Trust Company Sanne has promoted Karlien De Bruin to director and head of the firm’s management company (Manco) business in South Africa. With over 17 years’ industry experience Ms De Bruin previously served as the head of market risk of the Manco. Prior to joining Sanne, she was an investment analyst at GraySwan Investment Managers.

London law firm Seddons has hired Stuart Crippin as a partner and its new head of private client. Prior to joining Seddons, Mr Crippin was a partner in the London office of Thrings in its succession & tax team, having previously spent a number of years at Mishcon de Reya. 

City of London law firm Travers Smith has elected Kathleen Russ as the firm’s new senior partner with effect from 1 July 2019.  Ms Russ will succeed Chris Hale who has held the post since 2013. Ms Russ is a tax specialist, who acted as head of Travers Smith's tax department for many years. Under her leadership the department grew into one of the firm’s key business areas and one of the largest tax departments in the City.

London-based law firm Winckworth Sherwood has expanded its private client team with the appointment of Natalie Quail as a tax associate. Ms Quail specialises in international tax and wealth planning including both personal and corporate tax and providing a holistic offering to HNW and UHNW families seeking advice for both their personal and business interests.

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