Carphone Warehouse moves to Osborne Clarke with Bott

Olswang former head of corporate Adrian Bott is moving to Osborne Clarke, taking Europe's largest mobile phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse, with him as a client

Bott was Carphone Warehouse's main adviser at Olswang. He has had personal assurance from Carphone Warehouse director Charles Dunstone that the client will follow him when he joins Osborne Clarke's London office next month.
Bott told The Lawyer: “Carphone Warehouse will be following me, according to Charles Dunstone and David Ross [chief operating officer of Carphone Warehouse]. But the in-house legal team may want to spread some of the work around.”
Olswang has historically advised on Carphone Warehouse's largest deals. Bott worked on its flotation at Olswang in 2000. The media firm also advised on the mobile phone retailer's joint venture with AOL, Mviva.
However, Ashurst Morris Crisp also has a long-standing relationship with the client, which is unlikely to be affected by Bott's move.
Bott left Olswang in February this year, before deciding which firm to join. After receiving a number of offers, he narrowed his choice down to a German firm in London, a US firm in London with a technology, media and telecoms bias, and Osborne Clarke.
Bott said he chose the latter because he wanted a firm that was similar to Olswang in some respects, but that also had an international network.
“I think it's important for a firm to have a charismatic leader. Leslie Perrin [Osborne Clarke managing partner], like Jonathan [Goldstein, Olswang chief executive officer], is a very strong leader,” he said.
“The main reason behind my decision to go to Osborne Clarke was its international network and the international specialism of the corporate practice. This global scope is what my clients need,” Bott added.
Olswang senior partner Mark Devereux said the firm was “naturally delighted” for Bott and “wished him all the best for the future”.
The Lawyer can also reveal that Olswang has lost tax partner Patricia Dugdale to Allen & Overy. Dugdale, an expert in the law surrounding the taxation of internet and new media transactions, has joined the magic circle firm as head of tax know-how.