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Dawsons has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner partner Paul Mander to head its employment practice following the departure of Jo Keddie earlier this year.
Keddie (pictured) left the firm in January after 21 years to join Winckworth Sherwood (18 January 2010). She was followed out of the door at Dawsons by fellow employment partner Jill Andrew, who moved to Marriott Harrison, leaving the practice with no partners (8 February 2010).
Corporate partner Stephen Morall will continue to act as interim head of the employment team until Mander joins on 1 April.
It is understood that Dawsons is continuing to look for further lateral hires to bolster the practice.
Senior partner Wynne Thomas said: “Paul’s been involved in a number of high profile non-contentious as well as contentious matters and his experience of acting for major corporate clients will complement the firm’s growing corporate client base.
“The employment group is one of the firm’s core departments and the addition of a partner of Paul’s calibre and experience is an exciting development for the firm and our employment team, and we’re looking forward to Paul’s involvement in expanding the practice area and further enhancing the team’s reputation.”