BLP employment head Younson quits

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) employment head Fraser Younson is leaving the firm today after seven years at the firm, The Lawyer understands.

The former McDermott Will & Emery and Baker & McKenzie partner is understood to have resigned from two weeks ago. Former Jones Day employment litigation head Lisa Mayhew will take over as the head of the group after joining the firm three years ago (11 October 2010).

Younson is believed to have been approached by a number of recruiters over the past six months but his destination is not known.

The partner has a reputation for moulding teams from scratch, having built up a team at Baker & McKenzie before moving over to then “million-pound firm” McDermotts  in 1999 as part of the firm’s aggressive expansion plan. He also co-founded the Employment Lawyers Association (29 March 1999).

He was taken on by BLP as managing partner Neville Eisenberg outlined the firm’s pledge to boost investment in the litigation, insurance, tax and employment practices – moving away from its ‘three pillars’ approach to real estate, corporate and finance (6 November 2006).

The team has counted AON Corporation, Citibank, Roche, French Connection and Tesco and clients.

During Younson’s tenure the group has taken on three lateral hires and it has not suffered exits like other teams in the firm. Most recently the firm lost finance head Matthew Kellet in November (4 November 2013).