Last week’s news that Clifford Chance global head of private equity David Walker is leaving to join Latham & Watkins in London marks yet another major departure from the magic circle firm’s practice, following six previous key partner exits from the firm’s funds, tax or buyouts teams since 2009.
Of all the magic circle firms Allen & Overy (A&O) is probably the most transparent when it comes to reporting figures. It was the first of the group to become an LLP under senior partner Guy Beringer, an ardent advocate of transparency.
This month DLA Piper’s UK country head Andrew Darwin will begin his new role as Australia managing partner, a position he is expecting to occupy for two years.
If anyone is looking for evidence that litigation is recession-proof, check out the stats for US litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
Move On Up
London has been the focus for Dundas & Wilson in its recruitment and promotions over the past few years.
Consistent promotions keep Berwin Leighton Paisner’s London office buoyant, while international hiring continues apace
After a couple of mergers the London office’s retention has wavered but it been reinforcing numbers with lateral hires, particularly in corporate, employment and real estate
Slow but steady has been the way for this London-based firm as its clear career structure sees trainees progress through the ranks
The London outfit’s significant lateral efforts and healthy retention rate have provided it with a springboard for sizeable future promotion rounds