Eversheds brings in RJW Manchester fraud head after duo quits for Crowell & Moring

Eversheds has raided Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) for its Manchester fraud head Neill Blundell.

Dispute resolution chief Ian Gray said Blundell will provide clients with criminal fraud advice, working alongside the firm’s fraud and asset recovery head Paul Worth. Blundell will not take on any legal aid work.

“Increasing regulation and criminality of the boardroom means corporate and commercial clients need advice as to where they may get into difficulties,” said Gray. “Neill, who has a high reputation in the fraud arena, will provide essential crime advice where needed.”

Blundell’s appointment comes after fraud duo Gerallt Owen and Peter Kiernan jumped ship from Eversheds to US firm Crowell & Moring, taking the firm’s legal aid contracts with them (The Lawyer, 17 March).

An RJW spokesperson said: “We wish Neill well in his new role, which will see him taking on new responsibilities. We enjoy a good working relationship with Eversheds which will no doubt be strengthened by Neill’s arrival there.”