Davenport grows via trio of partner captures

Davenport grows via trio of partner capturesWest End firm Davenport Lyons has continued its recent expansion by hiring
a trio of partners for its employment, IP and ­property practices.

Real estate litigator ­Janice Northover joins from Teacher Stern, where she had been a partner for four years. She specialises in property litigation for ­commercial investors and managing agents.

IP/IT specialist Michael Evans and employment lawyer Laura Livingstone were associates at US firm Faegre & Benson and Taylor Wessing respectively.

The firm now boasts 44 partners, having taken on dispute resolution partner Adam Glass from Glass Law in July and media lawyer Nigel Davies from K&L Gates in December last year.

The departure of IP/IT lawyer Evans from Faegre is another blow for a firm that has lost five partners this year.

The US firm merged with London outfit Hobson ­Audley in 2003, but the City office has been decimated by departures this year – the end of a five-year lock-in period.

Evans, a former internal relations ;manager ;at Reuters, ;said ;he ;was ­attracted to Davenport’s wider offering, adding: “They have a trademark team and a number of my clients are looking for that.”

Evans will be bringing with him clients including software developers and computer games companies.

Employment partner ­Livingstone specialises in non-contentious ;work, including ;Transfer ;of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations and insolvency advice.

Davenport ;head ;of employment Marie van der Zyl said: “Attracting key team members such as Laura to the firm is an important part of our long-term strategy – not only to expand our client base, but also our sector expertise.”