Dawsons adds to litigation and employment teams

Dawsons has kick-started a recruitment campaign with the appointment of Jill Andrew as an employment consultant and Laura Harcombe as a partner in its dispute and litigation practice.

Andrew joins the City firm’s employment practice from employment boutique Archon Solicitors, where she was a partner.

Dawsons ;head ;of employment Jo Keddie said Andrew’s appointment would add depth to the team, adding: “This is very much a team player role. Jill has some good-quality clients, which we believe will follow her.”

Andrew told The Lawyer: “Part of what I’ll be doing is working on developing the way employee law services are provided and that’s a great opportunity.”

Keddie said the hire came as the employment practice enters a phase of renewed growth.

“We’ve seen an increase in work across all areas,” she said. “There are boardroom disputes, with chief executives being ousted, and banks making major culls.”

Keddie said 90 per cent of the firm’s employment work had been referred to it by FTSE250 and Square Mile companies.

“We have an advantage in that we have a proven track record of taking on those tough cases,” she said.

Harcombe ;joins ;the litigation practice from US firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, where she was a litigation partner. She has previously acted for the Association of British Travel Agents.

Dawsons’ profile was raised last year when Keddie represented former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Peter Bloxham in his unsuccessful age discrimination claim against the firm.