DAC Beachcroft picks up Eversheds procurement head Connorton

DAC Beachcroft (DACB) has raided Eversheds for commercial contracts partner Ruth Connorton and a team of three fee-earners in Newcastle.

Connorton, who started at DACB earlier this week (3 March), was head of procurement law at Eversheds. She advises clients in both the public and private sectors, these have included de-commissioning contracts at Sellafield, Olympic Legacy procurement and Network Rail franchising.

Eversheds associate Alison Walton and solicitor Hannah Chapelhow have already joined DACB while legal executive Louise Brown is expected to join later this month.

DAC Beachcroft head of commercial Martin Cannon said: “The work [Connorton] does will complement and enhance our existing services in real estate, regulatory and public law, local government and health.”

The path between Eversheds and DACB is well trodden, with the latter scooping an 11-lawyer clinical negligence team from Eversheds in 2008 (26 October 2008), shortly after picking up a five-strong health team that included sector chief David Weatherburn. According to his peers, Weatherburn was worth up to £4m of revenues at the time.

Weatherburn took partner Neil Rowe and senior associate Catherine Burt, who joined as a partner, from Eversheds’ Newcastle office. Partner Paul Taylor and senior associate Peter Merchant also joined Beachcrofts from Eversheds’ Leeds office (17 April 2008).

DACB also raided Eversheds for public sector real estate partner Eve Gregory in 2010 (1 March 2010).

In 2012 the firm picked up Eversheds local government practice head Judith Barnes as part of a trio of laterals to bolster its local government group (9 May 2012).