Mourant ships in two for City boost

Offshore firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune has boosted its London presence, transferring two of its leading partners across from its Jersey headquarters.

Capital markets specialist Brian Scholfield moves across to become managing partner of the London office, taking over from Daniel Birtwistle. Scholfield will be joined by partner Gareth Rigby, a specialist in corporate and banking, who also relocates from Jersey.

Birtwistle returns to Jersey, but will continue to work out of the London office one week a month. Jonathan Rigby, Birtwistle’s predecessor as London head, will similarly share his time between the two jurisdictions.

Scholfield said: “Having a substantial physical presence in the heart of the City is now a vital part of our business and a key component in our aggressive international expansion plan.”

The moves double the number of partners working out of Mourant’s London office to four. They are supported by nine additional lawyers, with plans to actively recruit more at the middle and senior levels.

Stephen Ball, chief executive officer at Mourant, said the moves underlined the firm’s commitment to London. “We’re looking forward to recruiting more lawyers this year,” he added.

Mourant, which reported turnover of £25.2m in the 12 months to 30 September 2006, is ranked eighth in The Lawyer’s top 20 offshore firms based on number of partners.