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Garretts, the associate law firm of Arthur Andersen, has hit back at Addleshaw Booth & Co's predatory lateral hires of its lawyers by poaching litigation specialist Deborah Bould.
The luring of Bould will be some comfort to Garretts, which has seen an exodus of lawyers to Addleshaws over the past months.
Head of property at Garretts' Leeds office Dean Copley and property partner Paula Dillon moved to Addleshaws a month after Garretts' senior partner in Leeds Sean Lippell, head of corporate Andrew Kay and corporate partner Simon Pilling all left, also to join Addleshaws.
Bould is also moving between the Leeds branches of the firms.
Bould says: "I joined Garretts for the variety of high-quality work it offered and the opportunity to work for a dynamic, global organisation."
In Birmingham, Garretts has poached employment and pensions partner Kevin Milton, who will head the office's pensions department, from Browne Jacobson in Nottingham.
Louise Pope, temporary head of pensions, says: "I have enjoyed temporarily heading up the department, but am looking forward to Kevin joining us.
"He is very well known in pensions law on national level."
Pope replaced Trevor Clarke who left the firm in December.
Milton is taking up his new position this week.
He says: "The move to Garretts offered an excellent opportunity to develop the range and depth of skills which is provided by the pensions team."