KLegal raids Cap Gemini and IBM in communications drive

KPMG's associated law firm KLegal is recruiting three top in-house lawyers to boost its IT and telecoms group.

The new team members, who are coming from IBM, Cap Gemini and Telecom New Zealand, will bring the number in the group to seven. It is led by high profile telecoms partner Chris Hoyle, who joined the firm from Rakisons earlier this year (The Lawyer, 7 February).

The most senior member of the new team is Gilbert McClung, who is joining KLegal from IBM as a director, the firm's equivalent of salaried partner.

He is IBM's senior transactional lawyer in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He focuses on strategic outsourcing and systems integration.

He was lead lawyer on IBM's largest outsourcing deal worldwide, with Cable & Wireless.

Before joining IBM he did his training at Slaughter and May, where he spent three years after qualification.

Two other senior in-house lawyers are moving to KLegal with him and join as senior solicitors.

Peter Cashmore was principal legal adviser for Telecom New Zealand before moving to KLegal. He advised the company and its internet service provider Xtra principally on commercial transactions, competition law and regulatory controls.

John Buyers is joining from Cap Gemini, Europe's leading IT service provider. He specialises in major outsourcing and integration projects.

Hoyle says the appointments are a great boost to his team. He says: “The recruitment of these guys will bring enormous expertise into the group.

“We have already won a major piece of work from a leading international telecoms company on the back of Peter's experience. Gilbert and John, who between them have worked on some of the biggest outsourcing projects in the world, will add greatly to our capability in this field.”

McClung is the second director in the department alongside Anthony Lee, who joined KLegal from Arnheim Tite & Lewis with two other senior lawyers at the end of last year (The Lawyer, 4 October).

At the start of this month, KLegal took on its first managing partner – recruiting Nick Holt who was the former managing partner of US firm Weil Gotshal &Manges' London office (The Lawyer, 1 May).