Eversheds pulls off hire of SFO deputy director

Eversheds pulls off hire of SFO deputy director” />Eversheds has scored a coup for its fraud team with the hire of Serious Fraud Office (SFO) deputy director Peter Kiernan as a partner.

Kiernan, who joins in January, will work alongside fraud and financial crime head Gerallt Owen, who joined from Orchard Solici-tors in August 2004. He will be based in both the London and Cardiff offices.

He comes fresh from 13 years at the SFO, having worked previously at the Inland Revenue. Over that time Kiernan has held a variety of roles, beginning as a case manager and progressing to become assistant director in charge of policy.

The hire is designed to complement Eversheds’ existing practice. While at the SFO, Kiernan worked on cases such as Barings and advised the Butterfield Inquiry into HM Customs & Excise investigations and prosecutions.

Eversheds’ fraud and financial crime practice, meanwhile, focuses on defence work, carrying out advisory and intervention work for the firm’s corporate clients. Owen told The Lawyer that work coming into the group since its establishment had been “significant”, adding: “Peter brings a different dimension to it.”

Litigation head John Heaps said fraud and financial crime is a growth area for Eversheds and ties in with the firm’s existing regulatory and asset recovery practices.

Kiernan’s hire follows a double raid on DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary’s regulatory team in December 2004 and September 2005, bringing in partners Steven Francis and Kevin McLoughlin.