Italian employment boutique Lablaw turns to rival for partner

Italian employment firm Lablaw has hired partner Sharon Reilly from competing boutique hELP – Persiani, boosting its strength in international matters.

Reilly joins Lablaw just under 18 months after helping to found hELP (28 October 2011), having left labour firm Toffoletto e Socio to team up with a group from DLA Piper in Italy.

Reilly told The Lawyer she had been following Lablaw’s growth since its foundation in 2006 with interest, and was particularly attracted by the firm’s membership of employment alliance L&E Global.

“I think there’s a lot that can be done in the future,” she said of the opportunity to grow the firm’s international clientele further.

Meanwhile, hELP, which itself expanded a year ago through a merger with Studio Legale Persiani (19 January 2012), has picked up partner Daniela Morante with a specific remit to coordinate foreign alliance. Morante returns to private practice after seven years as vice-director of the Institute for the Promotion of Arbitration and Mediation in the Mediterranean.

Lablaw now has 16 partners across its offices in Milan, Rome, Padua, Pescara and Genoa. hELP – Persiani has seven partners.