It’s so heartening to see lawyers journeying from firm to firm. Like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, they tend to travel in pairs.
The reality is invariably that lawyers who team-tag do so because of synergies: clients like dealing with a tight-knit team and well established partnerships are a valuable commodity. But, nonetheless, it appeals to something in the human condition.
The Lawyer explored this dynamic among private equity (PE) lawyers just over a year ago. One partner at the time suggested it was a phenomenon peculiar to PE, because the size of deals meant partners needed someone they could trust by their side at all times.
But it appears litigators are also partial to a bit of synchronised firm-switching. In September 2011 DLA Piper picked up a team of three financial litigation partners, two of whom – James Curle and Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry – had worked together at Slaughter and May and Dorsey & Whitney before moving on to LG.
The move comes as Nabarro posts essentially flat turnover for the 2011-12 financial year. It also brings the number of Enyo partners to 12 or, to put it another way, six pairs. Neat.