Linklaters partner in Mayer Brown switch

Linklaters partner in Mayer Brown switch” />Linklaters will impose four months of gardening leave on highly-rated litigation partner Andrew Legg, who has quit for Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw after more than 20 years at the magic circle firm.

As revealed by The Lawyer (9 September 2002), Linklaters decided over 18 months ago to refocus on corporate and finance work at the expense of future investment in the real estate and litigation departments. Litigation was also to be aligned more closely with the firm’s corporate department and corporate client base.

However, Linklaters head of litigation Christopher Style denied the refocus, saying: “It wasn’t true then and it isn’t true now.” He went on to say: “In fact, management considers the litigation department to be undersized and wants to grow it.”

He claimed that the number of litigators promoted in Linklaters’ March round of partnership elections would demonstrate conclusively that litigation is a priority for the firm.

Legg focuses on insolvency and finance-related litigation and has worked with a range of major corporates and accountancy firms, including KPMG.
Mayer Brown’s London head of litigation David Allen said Legg will be at the forefront of the firm’s drive to cross-sell the UK litigation department to the firm’s US client base.

Mayer Brown senior partner Paul Maher said: “Two years down the road, we continue to capitalise
on the strengths of our transatlantic combination, attracting partners such as Andrew – and more senior appointments will follow.”