Nabarro has hired a counsel from Allen & Overy (A&O), doubling its core competition law capacity in response to an expected boom in the practice area.
A&O EU and competition law counsel Brian Sher will join as a partner in Nabarro’s London office.
Nabarro hopes to ramp up its competition law practice with further lateral hires in its small Brussels office as well as in London.
Nabarro head of EU and competition Cyrus Mehta, currently the only full-time competition partner at Nabarro, said: “For various reasons there is just a lot more work around: OFT enquiries, competition queries from companies and a big increase in private party litigation.
“At the moment there’s a very, very strong need to bring in someone.”
Sher’s departure is the second high profile departure from A&O’s competition team, following competition partner Alistair Lindsay’s move to join Monckton Chambers as a consultant (as reported on TheLawyer.com, 1 September).
However, Lindsay and Sher’s departures are understood to be unconnected.
Sher said: “It is a terrific opportunity - partnership in an expanding firm and playing a part in an expanding competition practice.”
Nabarro has also hired Beachcroft dispute resolution partner Chris Horsfield, who will join in Sheffield.
Head of Nabarro’s Sheffield office Niall Logan said that Horsfield’s hire would provide a catalyst for growing the Sheffield/London cross-office health dispute resolution team.