Howard Kennedy boosts litigation team

Howard Kennedy has recruited Mayer Brown’s ­London head of property litigation. Michele Freyne joins as a partner and will be in charge of Howard Kennedy’s four-partner property ­litigation practice.

She was a partner at Mayer Brown since 1984 and ran the litigation department between 1990 and 1993. Howard Kennedy head of litigation Craig Emden said: “We’ll see real benefits from Michele’s extensive experience and client relationship skills.”

The firm’s management has expressed a desire to expand in recession-defying practices such as ­litigation and energy. In March 2008 Howard Kennedy merged with London energy boutique DMA Legal.

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