Hammonds swoops on EDF for partner hire

Hammonds has strengthened its energy and utilities group with the hire of EDF Energy in-house lawyer Adam Langridge who will join the London-based team as a partner later this month.

Langridge was principal solicitor at EDF Energy’s in-house team advising on energy corporate and commercial matters. His start date has not yet been finalised, although he is expected to join the firm’s City office later this month (July).

Hammonds’ head of corporate, William Downs, said Langridge was a “welcome addition to the team”, who would strengthen the firm’s energy and utilities group.

Langridge, who qualified in 1997, previously worked at Denton Hall (now Denton Wilde Sapte) and the City arm of Houston-based firm Vinson & Elkins. He specialises in energy-related M&A, regulatory issues and commodities and energy trading work.

Langridge is the first hire after the firm revealed positive financial results last month. As reported on www.thelawyer.com (29 June), Hammonds boosted average profit per equity partner (PEP) by 61 per cent to £328,000 in 2005-06 after a year of tough management. The firm also saw turnover rise by 4 per cent to £132.7m.

At the time of revealing the positive financial results, managing partner Peter Crossley hinted at Langridge’s hire, telling The Lawyer that the firm was in the process of talking to several potential lateral hires.