Libel boutique PSB Law shuts down after two partners head to Hill Dicks

Hill Dickinson is to launch a reputation management team in London after taking a two-partner team from media boutique PSB Law, which has shut up shop following the exits.

PSB Law closed its doors at the end of September following the exit of Hannah Basha and Magnus Boyd earlier in the month.

The pair join Hill Dickinson at the same time as Kerman & Co partner Louise Millington-Roberts, a commercial, regulatory and sports partner who will sit in its London regulatory services group.

Millington-Roberts was one of two partners from legacy media boutique Max Bitel Greene to be brought into the partnership at Kerman & Co when the two firms merged last year (18 January 2012).

The closure comes two years after famed sports litigator Eddie Parladorio set up PSB Law with former Schillings partner Simon Smith. The two founding partners Parladorio and Smith have now called time on the litigation boutique, with high-profile partner Parladorio moving to litigation firm Manleys solicitors.

The PSB closure marks the second time Parladorio has left one of his own firms. He established a firm after leaving Schillings in 2003 before merging with Maz Bitel Green two years later, leaving in 2007 to join Statham Gill Davies as litigation head.

While Max Bitel Green went on to merge with Kerman & Co, Parladorio set up MGP Law in 2009 and worked there as a consultant before launching PSB Law with Smith.

While at PSB, Parladorio took on several high-profile litigation cases for figures like Ian Edmonson, who was suspended from his role as news editor at the News of The World over hacking charges in 2011 and more recently, former Metropolitan police chief Dr Ali Dizaei.

When PSB closed last month the firm was home to four partners, one associate, two paralegals and a trainee. The new Hill Dickinson reputation team consists of Boyd, Basha and an assistant and is linked to the regulatory services group within the firm.

Hill Dickinson partner Richard Green said: “We approached Hanna and Magnus earlier this year as the firm is looking to expand its media and sports presence in London.”

The pair head a dedicated reputation management team for media and entertainment clients, a move that Green said differentiates the Hill Dickinson’s offering to corporate clients in that sector.

Millington-Roberts joined the firm on Monday. While at Kerman & Co her notable clients included the Rugby Football Union, which she represented in the landmark ruling against e-ticketing company Viagogo (20 December 2011), and the All England Tennis Club.