Pitmans draws yet another from City

Pitmans of Reading has recruited another City lawyer in what it claims is its best-ever year.

The firm, which has a policy of paying City rates to bring in good lawyers, has grown from six partners in 1990 to 15 partners. Irene Dallas, a partner with Herbert Smith for two-and-a-half years, joined Pitmans' litigation department last month.

She joins Sue O'Brien, who joined from Slaughter and May in 1992, and David Archer, who was previously with Clifford Chance, in the department, which now has six assistant solicitors.

Dallas' background is in international litigation and arbitration, and she has numerous contacts in Russia.

“I wanted to find a purely commercial practice used to complex commercial transactions, with like-minded people who had the intellectual capacity to do this work,” she said.

“A lot of my contacts are abroad so it does not make the slightest bit of difference to them where I am based.”

Dallas added that the pressures of working in the City had become too much. “Once you become a partner, you might think it stops there. It doesn't. You have to be 100 per cent committed to your job and have no life. Here, my working day is shorter because it takes 20 minutes to get here.”