BLG insurance trio in Clydes switch

Clyde & Co has swooped on Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) to hire insurance partners Roger Doulton, Neil Beresford and Toby Rogers.

Clyde & Co has swooped on Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) to hire insurance partners Roger Doulton, Neil Beresford and Toby Rogers.

The trio approached Clydes in January about a move and parted company with BLG in March.

Clydes senior partner Michael Payton said the new partners bring with them a list of clients that were a good fit with the firm’s San Francisco office.

Doulton specialises in high-value property claims, Beresford focuses on product liability and Rogers on financial institutions.

“What we’re finding is that insurers want to shrink the number of firms they’re using on a global basis,” Payton told The Lawyer. “What we have to do to be a preferred firm is tick the right boxes, and that means doing specialist stuff.”

It is understood that BLG is in the process of broadening its insurance roots into general financial institutions work. The strategic decision led to the exit of a number of insurance partners, including big-hitter Colin Croly, who is yet to emerge at another firm.

“We want to modernise, and not everybody agrees with that plan,” admitted a BLG insider.

Clydes has also taken “a number” of associates, added Payton, including Elliot Bromley, who becomes a legal director.