DLA Piper Birmingham managing partner quits for Eversheds in two-partner raid

Eversheds has secured two lateral hires from DLA Piper in Birmingham, including corporate and office managing partner Mark Beardmore.

Beardmore, who specialises in M&A and private equity work, has given notice at DLA Piper after 14 years, two of which were as office managing partner in Birmingham.

DLA Piper refused to comment on the reasons for his departure but it is understood that he was headhunted by Eversheds in a proactive bid to bulk up the firm’s corporate practice. He is yet to leave DLA Piper and discussions are ongoing over who will replace him.

Meanwhile, in an earlier and separate agreement, Eversheds has also confirmed the appointment of IT outsourcing partner Simon Jones into the firm’s TMT sector group in Leeds.

Jones heads DLA Piper’s technology practice in Birmingham and specialises in the negotiation of complex IT outsourcing and systems integration projects. He is due to leave the partnership in early October. Neither partners’ start date at Eversheds has yet been confirmed.

DLA Piper has seen a number of departures from the partnership in recent months, with several being picked up by Irwin Mitchell in Manchester, including a real estate quartet in January (16 January 2013) and restructuring lawyer John Vickery, who joined Irwin Mitchell in Manchester in August.

In June partner Stuart Campbell left to launch TLT in Manchester along with colleague Emma Flower, and later IP disputes specialist Graeme Orchison (20 June 2013).

Last year two construction partners left DLA Piper in Birmingham to join Squire Sanders (27 February 2012), followed by the firm’s head of regulated procurement Steven Norris who also joined Squire Sanders as a regulatory partner (9 January 2013).