Paul Hastings has been in the news for less than great reasons recently – you may recall partner Tom O’Riordan left the firm’s London office after he was found to have lied about his education.
Now the firm is back in the news for happier reasons, at least happier for Paul Hastings. As we reported yesterday, the firm has hired London real estate partner David Ryland from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB), marking the first partner departure following the merger of the Asia Pac giant and UK’s SJ Berwin last Friday.
As one wag on Thelawyer.com quipped, “I bet they will be asking to see his university certificates”.
Ryland’s move mirrors that of another partner from KWMSJB – a name that trips off the tongue if ever there was one – to a US rival, with London-based private equity partner Ed Harris jumping ship for Hogan Lovells last month (a story that incidentally garnered a monumental number of comments on Thelawyer.com).
Looks like slightly less happy times at KWMSJB. And the post-merger champagne has barely finished being poured.