McGrigors’ tech team left in tatters by exits

At the start of 2005, the London office of the Scottish firm had six technology partners or directors (a salaried or fixed-share equity partner equivalent). This month it has just one director following a year in which five major names departed.

The most recent departure was highly-regarded former IBM in-house lawyer Gilbert McClung, who joined Texas-headquartered technology business ACS in early October as general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

McClung’s exit follows those of partner Chris Hoyle, who joined Beachcroft Wansbroughs, former BT general counsel Alan Whitfield, now at Hemel Hempstead IT company Steria, John Byers, now at Stephenson Harwood, and Anthony Lee, who joined Fladgate Fielder.

McGrigors’ London technology team is left with just one lawyer at senior level, director Peter Cashmore.

One of the five partners said the exits were entirely related to the firm’s split with KPMG. “We joined for the KLegal vision of a multi- disciplinary practice and access to global clients,” he said. “When McGrigors had to dissolve its relationship with KPMG, that was it.”

McGrigors managing partner Colin Gray said the firm would continue to recruit for its technology team in London, adding that he was happy that the firm had “the right combination of IP and IT lawyers”.