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Monckton Chambers has made a rare partner raid on magic circle firm Allen & Overy (A&O), signing up competition star Alistair Lindsay as a tenant.
Lindsay, ;who ;made partner at A&O in 2001, started his legal career as a pupil at Monckton.
He left the set for A&O 11 years ago, citing a lack of competition work at the bar as his reason.
“Now the competition bar, and especially Monckton, is thriving, I felt I could go back,” said Lindsay. “Although the A&O group’s doing well, as a partner there are management responsibilities, and that’s fine, but at Monckton I’m looking to do more pure law and more complex work.”
Lindsay, who strengthens Monckton’s merger control practice, added that having control over his diary was a bonus, as it will give him more of a work-life balance.
An A&O spokeswoman said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for Alistair. We’re grateful to him for the contribution he’s made over the past 11 years and we look forward to continuing to work with him from Monckton Chambers.”
Monckton senior clerk David ;Hockney ;said Lindsay joining chambers was a real coup for the set.
“It shows that, as a set, we’re able to attract stellar lawyers within competition circles ;to ;complement chambers,” he said.
Lindsay’s notice period finishes next February, after which he will take six months off to be a full-time parent before starting at Monckton on 1 September 2009.