Eversheds is giving a major boost to its international employment practice as it takes on a high profile employment specialist.
Malcolm Mason, who is joining from Morgan Lewis & Bockius in New York, will take up the position of international labour counsel from today (8 October). Mason, who is US and UK qualified, specialises in advising US multinationals on cross-border employment issues. He will split his time between London and New York, spending one week of every month in the UK. Mason's clients are North American companies including Sony Pictures, Talbots, NBC Television and AOL Time Warner and he is expected to bring these clients with him. Morgan Lewis will continue to refer clients to him following his departure. He said he was leaving Morgan Lewis because his clients required an international capacity. "Eversheds is the best positioned of the UK firms in terms of UK labour law. In a lot of other firms employment is linked to the M&A market," he said. "It can provide the level of services required by today's US businesses and their in-house legal and human resources teams." Eversheds' head of employment in London Elaine Aarons said: "Mason's track record and experience fit ideally with the rapid expansion in our international practice. He has implemented reorganisations for US-based multinational employers in more than 40 countries throughout the world, involving as many as 26 countries simultaneously. And we are seeing more and more of these cross-border deals." Eversheds is also ramping up its other international offices. In Paris, employment lawyer Stephanie Stein is joining Eversheds as a partner. She previously worked for her own firm Cabinet Stein. Stein's practice is domestic and her clients are medium and large corporations and trade associations. She brings with her one assistant. Eversheds has also taken on an employment lawyer in Brussels. Stefan Corbanie joined the firm on 1 August from Belgium firm Price and Partners, part of the D&P alliance.