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Tarlo Lyons has lost an IT partner, who brought three major banking clients into the firm, to Pricewater-houseCoopers' affiliated law firm Landwell.
Robert Carolina, a UK and US-qualified lawyer, introduced Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, WestLB and Allied Irish Bank (AIB) to the technology department of Tarlo Lyons. He resigned last week and is set to leave for Landwell within the next two or three months. As Carolina introduced WestLB, Morgan Stanley and AIB to the firm, they are free to follow him to Landwell, said Tarlo Lyons managing partner Nigel McEwan. Losing these three banking clients could be unfortunate for Tarlo Lyons' technology practice, which makes up 20 per cent of the firm, although it will still have Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered Bank on its books. Carolina is the third partner to join Landwell in less than eight weeks. The other two were corporate partners Jonathan Wilson from Baker & McKenzie and Mark Satterly from Herbert Smith. He is also the second partner to leave Tarlo Lyons in the past two months, following technology partner Michael Sinclair, who left for KLegal at the end of September. Last month, Tarlo Lyons made six people redundant, including three fee-earners, and stopped recruiting mid-level assistants.