Movers: October 2012

October 31, 2012

It’s National Novel Writing Month. So who’s starting a new chapter?

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Ever wanted to write a novel? Us neither. But it’s a great excuse to generate some laborious puns with which to garland this month’s digest of who’s changed jobs. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.

The Third Man

Wragge & Co has ‘booked’ another big name into its real estate team with the acquisition of new partner Martin Thomas. Mr Thomas, formerly senior dispute resolution partner at Dundas & Wilson, is the firm’s third recent addition and will be using his expertise in property and commercial disputes to help look after a ‘spine’ of big-named clients such as Waterstones (ha!), John Lewis and LaSalle Investment.

The Sign(ing) of Four

Osborne Clarke has written another volume, expansion-wise, with the hire of four new partners for the forthcoming launch of its new office in Hamburg. The new quartet includes David Plitt from White & (Book)Case, Isabella Niklas from local boutique WKN, Norbert Aust, a former president of Hamburg University of Economics and Political Sciences, and office head Christoph Torwegge, who joins from CREMER. (Note to OC’s Hamburg staff: if you want to be taken seriously at client meetings, make like Crowded House and always take Torwegge with you.)

Washington Square(d)

Tax dispute resolution specialist George M. Clarke has rejoined Baker & McKenzie as partner. Based across the pond in the firm’s Washington office, Mr Clarke will be using his ‘classic’ experience of the tax dispute resolution process, including litigation of civil and criminal tax matters as well as white collar and internal investigations, to help move ‘Foreword’ the firm’s renowned tax practice.

(Dickin)Sons and Lovers

Yorkshire-based Dickinson Dees have expanded their ‘Contents’ with the acquisition of not one but two ‘unputdownable’ partners from rival firm DLA Piper. John Connor – not to be mistaken for the time travelling hero of the Terminator films – joins the firm’s banking team, while colleague Andy Stirk will be joining the firm’s corporate re’cover’y team in Leeds.

If you think it’s time to turn that page, or just to get away from these life-draining puns, see who’s hiring on Professionals in Law.



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