Withers exits gift XXIV Old Buildings new practice director

Withers has seen the exit of two partners with litigation partner Sue Medder quitting private practice to join London set XXIV Old Buildings.


Sue Medder
Wthers partner Sue Medder

Collyer Bristow, meanwhile, has hired contentious IP partner Tim Bamford, who has been with the firm since 2005.

Medder replaces Nicholas Luckman, who left to join Wilberforce Chambers in December. Luckman had been at XXIV Old Buildings since 1984 and was appointed practice director in 1987 (21 November 2013).

He replaced longstanding senior clerk Declan Redmond, whose departure for Keating Chambers was seen as a shock move. Redmond had never clerked anywhere except Wilberforce and was known for being a driving force behind the set’s growth (7 October 2013).

Medder sits in Withers’ contentious trust and succession practice where she specialises in offshore and domestic trust and probate disputes. XXIV Old Buildings is well-known for its expertise in the offshore arena and the appointment of a partner to the top role is expected to give it renewed understanding of solicitors’ and clients’ needs.

Medder said she had not been looking to leave the firm but the proposition of taking on a managerial role had proven attractive, particularly at a set that she had instructed for the last 15 years.

In a statement chambers head Alan Steinfeld QC said: “Her communication skills, client care and knowledge of the legal market will be of enormous benefit to the strategic development of XXIV.”

Kingsley Napley has also tapped Withers for special counsel Fiona Simpson. Simpson initially joined the firm as part of a three-lawyer team from Crowell & Moring, led by Withers’ first international regulatory and corporate crime head Gerallt Owen (16 April 2012).

Despite its losses in the UK, Withers has been on a hiring spree in the US. It hired a pair of tax litigators from New York-based boutique firm Hass & Hecht – the first tax litigation partners for the firm in the US. David Moise will be based in its New York City office, while Seth Cohen will be based in New Haven.

The firm has also hired trust and estates consultant partner Louis Mezzullo from McKenna Long & Aldridge. He will be based in California with an eye to bulking up the firm’s presence on the West Coast.