Eversheds is reclaiming a partner who was poached by Hammond Suddards Edge three years ago
Catherine Prest will join the London office, where she will work closely with the firm's overseas offices. She previously worked in the firm's Leeds office and from there moved to Hammonds' Leeds office. However, when she was relocated to London, Eversheds saw its chance to take her back. Prest's remit covers both contentious and non-contentious work and her clients are both domestic and international. But Eversheds London corporate partner Elaine Aaron said that she was not expected to bring clients with her. "We want her because we know her well and because we rate her ability as a lawyer," commented Aaron. The firm's employment practice in London is highly rated and, internationally, it has strong capabilities in Paris, the Netherlands and Belgium. Prest will work closely with London-based dual US and UK-qualified partner Malcolm Mason, previously of counsel at US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Eversheds currently has 39 employment partners in the UK and its clients include HSBC Bank, Nestlé, WH Smiths, J Sainsbury, Alliance & Leicester and Rothchilds. However, Eversheds in Birmingham has lost four associates to Hammonds. The four, which range from two to 10 years-qualified, are joining their old head David Beswick, who is currently on gardening leave but will join Hammonds on 1 March.