Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) employment head Fraser Younson has resurfaced at Squire Sanders, The Lawyer can reveal.
Younson was approached by a number of recruiters during the last six months of 2012, though managed to keep his location under wraps until joining Squire Sanders this week.
The partner has a reputation for moulding teams from scratch, having built up a team at Baker & McKenzie before moving over to then “million-pound firm” McDermotts in 1999 as part of the firm’s aggressive expansion plan. He also co-founded the Employment Lawyers Association (29 March 1999).
During the seven years he was at BLP Younson counted AON Corporation, Citibank, Roche, French Connection and Tesco as clients. It is not known if he is bringing any associates with him.
He was taken on by BLP as managing partner Neville Eisenberg outlined the firm’s pledge to boost investment in the litigation, insurance, tax and employment practices – moving away from its ‘three pillars’ approach to real estate, corporate and finance (6 November 2006).
During Younson’s tenure the group had taken on three lateral hires and it has not suffered exits like other teams in the firm. Most recently the firm lost finance head Matthew Kellet in November, who is yet to resurface at a new firm (4 November 2013).