Chadbourne and 2Birds benefit as pair of Dundas partners quits firm

Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has lost two partners, with insolvency specialist John Verrill quitting for US firm Chadbourne & Parke and competition head Peter Willis defecting to Bird & Bird.

Verrill will be joining Chadbourne’s London office as a partner in the US firm’s insolvency and restructuring team, while Willis, currently EU and competition head at the Scotland-headquartered firm, is set to join Bird & Bird’s London office as a partner in the firm’s international EU and competition group.

The exits come weeks after the announcement that Dundas is to cut 30 jobs following a consultation process (2 April 2012) after the firm confirmed that it would be considering redundancies due to the “nature and level of demand for its services” in February (24 February 2012).

Caryn Penley, interim managing partner at Dundas, said: “We can confirm that Peter Willis and John Verrill will be leaving Dundas & Wilson. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them both for their contributions to the firm over the years. We wish them the best in their future careers.”

In a statement Willis said it was “time to move on to a new challenge as my practice, particularly in the energy sector and in competition litigation, has changed considerably over the last few years”.

Verrill declined to comment.