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Mayer Brown's partnership group quits for Addleshaws" />Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw's respected partnership law team is defecting to Addleshaw Goddard.
The team, which is led by Richard Linsell and includes barrister William Wastie, will move to the national firm at the end of the year. Linsell has been at Mayer Brown for 36 years, including 29 as a partner.
Addleshaws managing partner Mark Jones said: "For over a year now we've been aware of a strategic growth opportunity, something that can put us in a market-leading position."
Jones added that the hires are part of Addleshaws' plan to differentiate and grow its corporate practice in order to become one of the law firms placed immediately outside the magic circle by 2009.
Linsell's team has advised on a number of high-profile partnership issues, such as Ernst & Young's conversion to limited liability partnership (LLP) status in 1996. He is also advising Addleshaws on its LLP conversion, scheduled to complete in May 2006.
Linsell said: "This is an exciting strategic opportunity which has convinced me that Addleshaws is the firm for me, for our existing clients, for the new strategic opportunities, and for the eventual succession planning for me."
Mayer Brown senior partner Paul Maher said: "Richard is a well-known name in partnership conversion and we thank him for his contribution. We will continue to focus on core corporate work."