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Herbert Smith has continued its hiring spree by raiding Lovells for a heavy-hitting environment partner.
Louise Moore, the head of Lovells' environmental law and health and safety law group, quit last week to join Herbert Smith as an equity partner. She will head Herbert Smith's environmental law team, working with consultant Maria Cull and four associates.
Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold said: "Growing our partnership from within and laterally is a major plank of the firm's broader expansion plans.
"What's been particularly pleasing, beyond the number of partners we've recruited this year, has been their calibre. The quality of those we hire laterally is for us one of the key measures of the firm's standing in the market."
Moore is the latest in a string of partners who have been appointed by Herbert Smith in recent months. Other key appointments include Norton Rose finance partners Zubair Mir and Nadim Khan, who are joining to spearhead the launch of the firm's Dubai office.
Meanwhile, the firm has bolstered its finance practice with the appointments of former Norton Rose project finance partner Andrew Newbery and Denton Wilde Sapte acquisition finance partners Chris Fanner and Ian Yeo.
Moore has focused on high-value corporate deals and projects work.
More than 20 partners have left Lovells in the past year and Moore's departure is another blow to the firm.
It is understood that Lovells plans to replace Moore, although the firm declined to comment.