Garretts quartet takes BA to TJG

Taylor Joynson Garrett has picked up British Airways (BA), the biggest client of former Andersen Legal firm Garretts, after hiring four partners from the now defunct firm.
BA relationship partner Andrew Smith, who joined TJG from Garretts at the end of May, has had confirmation that BA will move with him.
The four-strong Garretts team has also had confirmation that Keith Barnett, Garretts’ former head of property, will take clients London & Regional and Warner Estates to TJG and Smith’s client Cheisi will also follow the team.
Garretts handled mainly commercial work for BA and some property work, such as projects relating to the BA London Eye. Wragge & Co is BA’s main property adviser.
Barnett and Smith joined Garretts along with former head of corporate David Roberts and head of employment Brian Nesbitt. The four partners were Andersen Worldwide partners and are understood to have joined TJG as consultants.
US lawyers for Enron shareholders are attempting to extend a $25bn (£16.4bn) class action suit against Andersen to its entities outside of the US, including Andersen Worldwide. Be-cause of this, TJG is understood to have ring-fenced potential liability by not bringing the Garretts four into its partnership straight away.
BA currently uses Addleshaw Booth & Co, Beaumont and Son, Bristows, Denton Wilde Sapte, Osborne Clarke, Slaughter and May and Wragge & Co. Slaughters is the main corporate adviser and Wragges is the main property firm. Dentons and Osborne Clarke are on the panel for employment and Bristows is used for intellectual property. Addleshaws was added to the panel last Christmas to increase competition among the existing firms.