Lawyer Monthly - August 2022

LAWYER MOVES Leading full-service Scottish law firm Thorntons has bolstered its senior team by awarding partner status to three legal directors and promoting four associates to legal director, across its Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Cupar offices. Additionally, two senior solicitors have been promoted to associates and three solicitors promoted to senior solicitors in Edinburgh and Arbroath. The new partners are Kathleen-Erin Lawson in Edinburgh, Susan Dunn in Cupar and Chris Gardiner in Dundee. As an accredited specialist in personal injury law, Kathleen-Erin Lawson pursues complex, high-value cases involving life-changing injuries within the dispute resolution and claims team. She has been with the firm since joining as a newly qualified solicitor in 2008 and has since contributed to the growth and success of the Edinburgh personal injury team. Susan Dunn has been with Thorntons since 2001 when she was a trainee and has since worked across the firm’s Angus offices, then Perth, St Andrews, Anstruther and now Cupar. As a key member of the residential conveyancing team in Fife, Susan’s expertise includes house purchases, sales, remortgages and transfers of title. Also starting with the firm as a trainee in 2014, and now based in the private client team in Dundee, Chris Gardiner advises individuals and families on asset protection and tax efficient succession planning, including the drafting of wills and powers of attorney. The four new legal directors are: Gurjit Pall from immigration law in Glasgow, Stephanie Watson from personal injury in Edinburgh, Lisa Hainey from wills trusts and succession planning in Cupar and Cheryl Wallace from family law, also in Cupar. Thorntons Makes New Addition to Leadership Team Dentons has announced the promotion of two senior associates to partnership and the transition of two Barbados-based partners to regional roles. Regional Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution Satcha Kissoon will assume the role of Managing Partner for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. Kissoon was recently named “Notable Practitioner” by Chambers and Partners in the 2022 edition of their Global Guide. He will continue to lead the regional litigation and dispute resolution team. Erica Marshall-Forde has been appointed as Regional Head of Dentons’ property and real estate team. Erica has been with the firm for almost 10 years and has established herself as an authority in the areas of residential and commercial property and real estate matters as well as in the areas of hotels and resorts, infrastructure and PPP and related finance. Dentons has almso promoted Joia W S Reece and Michael Koeiman from senior associate to partner. Reece’s practice primarily focuses on bankruptcy and insolvency as well as general civil litigation matters, while Koeiman advises clients on matters related to commercial litigation, labour disputes, and multifaceted and cross-border insolvencies, restructuring and enforcements. These promotions became effective as of 1 July 2022. Allen & Overy has announced its hire of corporate experts Gilbert Li and Iris Yeung, both formerly of Linklaters. Li, who headed the Hong Kong corporate practice at Linklaters, advises on M&A and enterprise content management, covering the energy, infrastructure, financial services and fintech sectors. He will split his time between A&O’s Hong Kong and Sydney offices. Yeung advises investment banks and corporations on M&A and equity fund-raising. She will work closely with A&O’s Greater China practice, as well as its joint operation firm Shanghai Lang Yue Law Firm to provide Mainland China companies with Hong Kong-related services. Yeung worked at Linklaters for more than 12 years, having started her legal career there in 2010. With these additions, A&O’s partner strength in Hong Kong has risen to 29. Dentons Adds Two Partners and Regional Leaders Allen & Overy Hires Two Hong Kong Corporate Partners from Linklaters 10 WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM | AUG 2022

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