White & Case takes in Kilpatrick refugee

The exodus from Kilpatrick Stockton continues, with White & Case joining the swath of firms recruiting from the Atlanta-based firm’s downsizing London office.

White & Case has hired a three-partner private finance initiative (PFI) team from Kilpatrick, led by the firm’s former global head of projects Anthony Fine.

Projects partners Michael Scott and corporate partner Dean Harper will also join White & Case’s London office, along with a team of associates.

The moves coincide with those of Kilpatrick’s PFI healthcare partners Edward Marston and Andrew Walsh, who will move to Shadbolt & Co on Monday (21 November) with several support staff.

The moves also pre-empt a campaign of compulsory redundancies to be implemented by Kilpatrick’s executive committee. The committee aims to slash most of the London office, including its projects, commercial property and international business teams.

As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 21 September, the downsizing was initiated after the Kilpatrick concluded that the domestic-focused UK practice that it inherited from the defunct Altheimer & Gray (of which Anthony Fine was a partner) did not fit with the firm’s international business.

Other firms to benefit from the downsizing include SJ Berwin, which hired partner Per Runeland, and Finers Stephens Innocent, which took on partner Mark Johnstone.