Clydes hires Keoghs co-head of litigation in Manchester boost

Keoghs litigation co-head Peter Unsworth has quit the firm for rival outfit Clyde & Co, The Lawyer can reveal.

The move comes months after Keoghs opened an office in Manchester with the hire of Clyde’s Manchester fraud head Damian Ward. Ward took a 17-strong team with him to Keoghs (19 November 2012). The insurance team followed in the footsteps of Clydes’ former Manchester head Dene Rowe, who joined Keoghs in June last year.

However that trend is reversed with the hire of Unsworth, who is joining Clydes’ Manchester office as a partner. He joined Keoghs from Halliwells in 2008 alongside litigation partner David Wynn, though neither Wynn nor any associates are expected to follow suit.

A spokesperson for Clydes said that “there are likely to be more hires soon” but did not say which partners or practice areas the firm is eyeing up.

Clydes inherited its Manchester base last year as part of its deal to acquire Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) (8 August 2011).

Legacy BLG acquired the Manchester base when it agreed to take 17 partners and more than 200 staff from Halliwells in the wake of that firm’s collapse in June 2010 (26 July 2010). At that point BLG, like Gateley – which picked up 40 partners as part of the deal – is understood to have imposed a two-year lock-in on partners.

However Manchester-based sources told The Lawyer last November that now that period had come to an end several former Halliwells lawyers were on the hunt for a new home.

In December former Clyde & Co chief operating officer David Jabbari joined national firm Pannone as a partner with specific responsibility for building the firm’s UK-wide referral network Connect2Law (6 December 2012).