Lawyer Monthly - February 2022

LAWYER MOVES Leading transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has bolstered its national health and safety practice with the appointment of new partner Kevin Elliott. Kevin will join the firm's UKwide regulatory team, currently led by partner Jon Cooper. Prior to his new appointment, Elliott was a partner in the health and safety team at Eversheds Sutherland, with a strong track record of advising organisations and individuals on seriousworkplace incidents. Elliott has been involved in most of the firm’s high-profile health and safety cases over the past two decades and represented clients across the energy, construction, manufacturing, transport, food and drink and public sectors. In addition to this experience, Elliott brings a wealth of expertise in advising on contentious environmental investigations and prosecutions. In the past, he has worked with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to prosecute health and safety and pollution incidents in UK territorial waters. Over the last decade, Elliott has been ranked in the UK legal directories in the top tier of practitioners. The directories describe him as "greatly experienced” and “incomparably brilliant". He is also a lecturer, author and broadcaster on health and safety topics and a regular speaker at major conferences in the UK and across Europe. Jon Cooper welcomed Elliott’s arrival: "We're pleased to welcome Kevin to the partnership and to our well-established health and safety practice,” he said. “Kevin is recognised as one of the leading health and safety specialists in the UK and his expertise fits perfectly with our sector-focused approach.” New Partner Boosts Womble Bond Dickinson’s Health and Safety Practice National law firm Irwin Mitchell has announced that it is recruiting Jonathan Moore to its construction team as a new partner. Moore will be the fourth partner in the specialised construction team, bringing its total membership to eighteen. The team is led by Mark Clinton and is par of Irwin Mitchell’s property division, which now numbers 28 partners and 147 qualified lawyers. Moore joins Irwin Mitchell from Spencer West LLP, the chambers practice where he was the lead construction disputes partner. He will be based in London. Prior to joining Spencer West, Moore was partner at Fenwick Elliott, where he worked on a variety of significant high quality, high value construction dispute related work including advising on a significant $1 billion international arbitration comprising a series of disputes in relation to a major infrastructure project in the Middle East and advising in relation to a £50 million R&D renewable power plant project dispute. Moore has also acted in a significant number of domestic adjudications and subsequent enforcement actions at the TCC for a number of the top contractors in the UK and Europe and advised on disputes in the UK and Ireland, mainland Europe, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, and Hong Kong. His high-profile projects in the UK have included the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Trams, London Overground’s East London Line extension and Crossrail. Osborne Clarke has added payments specialist partner Paul Harris to its financial services sector team in London. Joining the firm from Linklaters, Harris is a financial services regulatory specialist with experience at the FSA, in private practice in the City and as a legal service provider within a Big 4 consultancy. He brings expertise across the complete range of activities carried on under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, Payment Services Regulations and Electronic Money Regulations. Harris advises clients on the full spectrum of financial services regulatory matters, with a particular focus on payment services, e-money, fintech, crypto-assets, mergers and acquisitions of regulated firms, regulatory change programmes, and in interactions with the regulators. Harris’s appointment comes as part of a wave of growth across Osborne Clarke’s international financial services teams, following on from the recent appointment of partner Karima Lachgar to head its Paris-based financial services, fintech and crypto-assets practice. Irwin Michell Appoints New Partner to Construction Team Osborne Clarke Expands Financial Services Sector Team 10 WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM | FEB 2022

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