Osborne Clarke has hired CMS Cameron McKenna pensions partner Keith Webster for its Bristol practice.
Webster, who is currently based in London, is set to move to Bristol to join Osborne Clarke’s three-partner team in the city. It brings the firm’s total pensions lawyer headcount to 18.
Webster is one of the more junior members of Camerons’ City pensions team, but is seen as one of the technically strongest in the market.
He advised the trustees of the TUI Travel and Jetsave pensions schemes on TUI Travel’s pensions restructuring (13 June 2011).
A source with knowledge of Webster’s practice said: “He’s one of the best pensions lawyers. In terms of technical wizardry, he’s probably one of the top five in the country.”
Camerons has a large team of pensions partners, of which two, Pete Coyne and Emma Frost, were made up earlier this year (3 May 2011).
Webster said his decision to join Osborne Clarke in Bristol was based on fee pressure and his preference to be part of an established Bristol pensions team.
Camerons currently has no pensions partners in Bristol, where its office was hit by the departure of four insurance and reinsurance partners in September (19 September 2011).
Osborne Clarke pensions head Jonathan Hazlett said: “Keith’s a highly respected pensions lawyer, who brings a huge amount of experience and expertise to Osborne Clarke. His skills perfectly complement those of our existing partners, making him a natural fit with our practice.”