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NABARRO has hired an Allen & Overy (A&O) partner to expand its employment team's non-contentious offering.
Julie Quinn, who has worked on the employment aspects of major corporate deals such as the Petroplus acquisition of the BP Coryton refinery, is expected to join the mid-market firm imminently.
The hire is seen as a coup for Nabarro, which has been seeking to raise the profile of its contentious-focused employment practice, led by Sue Ashtiany.
A source close to Nabarro told The Lawyer: "Nabarro has a high-profile practice on the discrimination and contentious side. Quinn brings in City expertise at a board level and is a gateway into the corporate world."
The employment practice at A&O is well-known for its advice to a raft of major corporate clients including RBS, Legal & General Group and Ofcom.
Quinn will bring the number of partners in the Nabarro team to four, after Catherine Richmond was promoted to the partnership.
A&O confirmed the departure but failed to comment further. Nabarro declined to comment.