Dickinson Dees steals head of private equity from Eversheds

Eversheds' Newcastle head of private equity is jumping ship to join north-east rival Dickinson Dees.

Equity partner Helen Tavorges is expected to join Dickinson Dees in August. She was at Wilkinson Maughan – which merged with Eversheds in 1997 – for 16 years.

The appointment is part of Dickinson Dees' ongoing plans to bolster its private client practice.

Last summer it poached a financial planning team from accountancy giant Arthur Andersen. The team was led by David Dale, who headed Andersen's financial planning team at its northern practice (The Lawyer, 23 August).

Business development partner, John Flynn, says: “We have got a very large private client practice with David Dale joining us. That has been more successful than expected so we needed another pair of excellent hands.”

Tavorges will join Dickinson Dees, which is the largest practice in the North East, as a partner.

In May, Tavorges' deputy Kristin Andersen quit the firm after 23 years to set up his own practice.

The national firm recently off-loaded its Leeds private client practice to specialist practice Wrigleys in a bid to focus more on corporate work (The Lawyer, 8 November). Eversheds' Newcastle private client practice has one partner, two full-time consultants and five other fee earners.

Partner Lucy Winskell will take over from Tavorges as head of private client.

Senior partner Michael Spriggs says that Tavorges departure was a surprise. But he adds that private client work is integral to the national firm: “We have extremely strong practices in other areas such as Newcastle, Norwich and Monaco.”

The practice intends to recruit more lawyers, at both senior and junior levels.