Insolvency ace quits Hammonds for SJ Berwin

Hammonds has lost its first fixed-share equity partner since the 14-month lock-in for non-fixed-share equity partners was introduced. Insolvency specialist Michael Woollard is leaving to join SJ Berwin, along with Laura O’Neill, a lateral hire from Clifford Chance. Hammonds did not ask its fixed-share partners to sign up to the lock-in, designed to stem a recent flow of departures from the firm. The firm has also promoted nine associates to partner in London, Christoph Brenner in Munich and Arnaud David in Paris.

First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 5 May