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CITY firm Lovell White Durrant has lost a partner to clients Guinness.
David Harlock, a partner at Lovells since 1992, will join Guinness in February next year, where he will be responsible for all the property work, some general commercial work and managing relationships with external legal advisers.
"I have been doing property work for years. This new job will be broader and hopefully more challenging," said Harlock. His job will also take him to the Far East, Africa and South America where Guinness is building its market.
Ken Mildwaters, head of Guinness' legal department, gave up his position as a partner at Theodore Goddard in January 1994 to "beef up" the company's in-house legal expertise. Since then, he has attracted lawyers from other City firms to build up a London team of nine lawyers.
Lovells' senior partner Cavan Taylor said: "The traffic between industry and private practice is now an established feature of the profession. All our lawyers know they must develop a close understanding of the business of the clients for whom they act. This makes our lawyers attractive to industry."