City firm entices Mishcons defectors

THEODORE Goddard is picking up four partners from Mishcon de Reya to strengthen its entertainment and corporate departments.

Three of these partners – Paul Armstrong, Graham Stedman and Paul Salmon – were known to be leaving after a disagreement with the partnership.

Armstrong, an entertainments partner specialising in film and TV work and chair of the International Bar Association's IP and entertainment law committee, joined Theodore Goddard last week. The fourth, partner Jonathan Berger, is expected to join in January, said Theodore Goddard entertainment group head Paddy Grafton Green. Berger, also in film and TV, was once articled to Armstrong.

“We welcome these partners whose entertainment practices fit well with ours,” said Grafton Green.

Stedman, currently head of Mishcons' company/commercial department, specialises in the IT and communications sector, as does Paul Salmon.

Theodore Goddard managing partner Simon Stubbings dubbed the arrivals an “exciting move,” adding weight and developing their client base with the firm. Grafton Green said they are bringing clients.

Anthony Julius, a Mishcons management partner, said he was disappointed that Berger was leaving. He said of the others: “I am very pleased they have found somewhere to go. There was a fundamental disagreement between them and the firm, which resulted in them leaving.”

The departures coincide with Mishcons gaining four property lawyers from Rabin Leacock Lipman, including a partner and consultant, and a property partner from Brecher & Co.