Who’s switching roles today?
Media, technology and IP law firm Wiggin has promoted Sarah MacDonald (digital entertainment) and Matthew Dando (litigation) to the partnership. This reflects the firm’s impressive growth and investment and an overall 30 per cent increase in partner numbers over the last two years. John Banister, chief executive, said: “Both Sarah and Matthew have received fantastic client feedback for their technical skills and commercial approach, and are great assets to the firm.”
Sarah joined the firm as a trainee in 2006 and provides commercial and regulatory advice to clients in Wiggin’s core sectors, with a focus on advertising and sponsorship, digital distribution and sport. She has spent over three years at Wiggin on secondment – at BPI/Brit Awards, Mercury Records (Universal Music), Disney, Virgin Media and Manchester United, giving her an insight into the challenges faced by clients in Wiggin’s focus industries. Matthew joined Wiggin in 2014 with an initial brief in commercial disputes before going on to develop a reputation as a media litigation lawyer as well. He advises film studios, national and international print media groups and broadcasters on high profile libel and privacy matters as well as broader contentious issues. .
Coverys Managing Agency
Coverys Managing Agency Limited, the Lloyd’s managing agent of Syndicates 1975, 1991, 3330 and 1110, has appointed Caitlin Crist to the newly created role of head of claims of Coverys Syndicate 1975. She will take up her new role in June. She joins from Brit Global Specialty where, as a complex claims specialist, she was responsible for managing and adjusting complex casualty claims and providing US legal advice on contentious issues. Before this, she was an attorney with Fields Howell. Robin McCoy, chief executive of Coverys Managing Agency, said: “Caitlin is an expert in medical professional liability claims and will play a key role in ensuring that the best-in-class reputation which Coverys has developed is maintained .”
Kirkland & Ellis
Kirkland & Ellis International announced that leading investment funds attorney Andrew Shore will join the Firm’s London office as a partner in the Investment Funds Group. “Andy has an outstanding reputation in the market for his work on both primary fund formation and complex secondary transactions. We are delighted to welcome him onto our global investment funds platform,” said London-based investment funds partner Richard Watkins. Andrew will join Kirkland from the London office of Proskauer Rose, where he was a partner. In addition to his primary fund and secondary transaction activities, he also regularly advises clients on the establishment of carried interest and co-investment schemes.