Lewis Silkin opens Oxford office after swoop on Boodle Hatfield

Lewis Silkin opens Oxford office after swoop on Boodle Hatfield” />Lewis Silkin is to open an Oxford office after prising a corporate employment team out of Boodle Hatfield, led by highly-rated partner Russell Brimelow.

Brimelow, with associates Julian Parry and Paula Rome, officially joins the firm on 1 April to become the eighth partner in Lewis Silkin’s leading employment and incentives (E&I) group. The Oxford office will have the capacity for 12-15 fee-earners.

Last year E&I, led by partners James Davies and Michael Burd, contributed 30 per cent of the 40-partner firm’s total revenues of £18.1m (The Lawyer 100, September 2003), or £5.4m.

It is expected that the new team, which will be bolstered by the arrival of associate Colin Kendon from Clifford Chance and a senior employment lawyer from another magic circle firm, will generate an additional £1.5m.

“Russell and his team significantly strengthen our domestic service and our approach to training and conferences, as well as our ability to operate internationally through our membership of ius laboris [the international alliance of employment specialists],” said Burd.

Boodle Hatfield lost its only other dedicated employment partner Warren Wayne to Bird & Bird in November, but managing partner Chris Putt remains committed.

“Having a good employment resource is important to us,” said Putt. “A fair amount of employment work is al-ready done out of the litigation group, and [litigation head] Simon Fitzpatrick will be-come head of employment.”