Teacher Stern to boost litigation after BLP raid

Teacher Stern plans to ramp up its corporate litigation and real estate teams in the wake of star partner Graham Shear’s departure.

Graham Shear

Graham Shear

Media and sports litigator Shear defected to Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) last week (TheLawyer.com, 6 August). Shear will be joined by fellow Teacher Stern partner Joby Davies. The pair start at the firm on 1 September.

Shear has been one of the driving forces behind Teacher Stern’s commercial litigation team, securing high-profile celebrity and sports clients.

Last month (27 July) TheLawyer.com reported that Shear had advised ­football agent Kia Joorabchian on Carlos Tevez’s transfer to ­Manchester City FC.
Shear’s work put Teacher Stern at the centre of the debate surrounding third-party ownership of sports people in the UK.

Teacher Stern property partner David Irwin said: “Graham was with us for 20 years and we certainly wish him well. We’re focusing on corporate litigation and property teams and are ­hoping to recruit at both partner and associate ­levels.”

Irwin added that the firm will continue to advise celebrity and sports clients.

At BLP Shear will work across the firm’s practice groups.

“The idea is for me to work across the firm’s practice areas providing litigation expertise,” he said. “BLP also gives me a platform to develop my client base. My client base isn’t just celebrities. Moving to BLP gives me an opportunity to build on this.”

Shear is the latest in a line of high-profile hires at BLP, including litigator Nicholas Fletcher from Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy leveraged finance partner Andrew Bamber and former Kirkland & Ellis private equity partner Raymond McKeeve.