DENTON Hall corporate lawyer Ian Tully has moved to Milan to join Pirelli's in-house legal team.
Tully, who joined Denton Hall as a trainee in 1990, took advantage of the firm's international connections, spending time in Brussels and Prague, where he worked with the team setting up a capital markets structure.
He believes the international flavour of his work helped him land the job with the Italian company which uses Denton Hall for much of its UK work.
Tully, a former international officer for the Trainee Solicitor's Group, was due to join the seven-strong legal team this week.
"They're expanding into the Far East and they want me to become involved with that, handling joint ventures and acquisitions," he says.
He believes the main difference in moving from a large international firm to an in-house legal department will be the lack of back-up.
"I'm going to badly miss the depth and strength of the back-up that a firm like Denton Hall can offer. There's an expert here in no matter what area of the law. At Pirelli I will feel vulnerable and that will be new."
At Denton Hall Tully specialised in private company work handling mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.
During the past two years he had been working with Tony Grant, a Far Eastern expert and the recently appointed head of Denton Hall's corporate group following the death of Andrew Britton in a car crash.
He believes this experience was the key to the successful application.