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Landwell, the law firm tied to Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, has taken on a partner and head of employment from London firm Goodman Derrick
Noel Deans will become the fourth partner in Landwell’s human resources practice, which has four partners and 22 lawyers in the UK. Deans specialised in contentious employment cases at Goodman Derrick and will spearhead the development of Landwell’s contentious employment practice. According to head of employment Darryl Evans, Deans’ contentious experience was a key factor in the hire. Evans also said the move to expand the department was strategic, boosting a growth area which is also traditionally counter-cyclical. The split with Goodman Derrick was amicable, and Deans was attracted by Landwell’s greater national presence and the opportunity to give multi-jurisdictional advice to large corporate clients. Goodman Derrick has promoted employment partner Belinda Copland to lead the employment team, and there are no immediate plans to take on more people. Deans acted for a range of corporate clients and high net worth individuals at Goodman Derrick, but said that it was too early to say whether any of his clients will follow him over to Landwell.