Kendall Freeman media star joins Reed Smith

Kendall Freeman litigation partner Marcus Rutherford is joining Reed Smith Warner Cranston.

Rutherford, a commercial litigator with a media bent, stayed at the firm when it restructured itself into an insurance outfit, losing most of its media and property partners and changing its name from DJ Freeman last year. Most of DJ Freeman’s media and property partners departed for DLA and Olswang.

Rutherford is acting for Princess Diana’s former voice coach Peter Settelen, who has reportedly sold video tapes of Diana talking about her life to NBC and is suing the executors of Diana’s estate to recover six others he also recorded.

He has acted for Channel 5 in the past, and a spokesman for the legal department told The Lawyer that the company would be happy to instruct him at Reed Smith.

It is understood that Rutherford introduced key clients Mohamed Al Fayed and Harrods to DJ Freeman.

The relationships are now managed by managing partner Laurence Harris and will stay with Kendall Freeman.

Rutherford will join Reed Smith as a fixed-share equity partner.