SJ Berwin PE partner Harris switches to Hogan Lovells

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  • Associates must be dusting off their CVs ...

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  • Look, this is par for the course and happens at every ... single ... other ... law firm. This is not unique to SJB. Sometimes you fit at a firm, sometimes you don't. If you don't, you move on, and everybody continues as is.

    Have looked up LM. Firstly, hello. Secondly, not sure why everybody assumes she's also off - doesn't appear to me that she works exclusively for him.

    This article really does have everybody incredibly excited and jumping to assumptions - Brinkworth made the deal; it's because of the merger. Big deal? A partner exit is nothing new.

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  • Worked with Ed Harris at SJB and whilst demanding was incredibly nice and a pleasure to work for.

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  • Anon @ 3:04pm - yeah, it's Davis and Harris who have the most high profile work in that team. Like others, not sure where this leaves them ...

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  • Agree with all sentiments. Ed is a highly personable individual with a fantastic client base and the corporate team at SJB will be poorer without him in all respects. Wish him well, super talented and sure he has a great future ahead of him.

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  • OMG.......Ed Harris is a total "dream boat" no more "diet coke break" for the girls at SJB.

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  • Hello! I am a lawyer in the regions! Who knew there was so much interest in one partner practising in physical education law!

    Best of luck to him in his new firm!

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  • Sad but inevitable. Hugely disappointing for Berwins. Hugely exciting for Ed Harris. In terms of speculation as to whether he'll take a team, I'm ex Berwins and always thought he was a little lost without the stability of particular associates around him. Shame the same can't be said of his partners, who I imagine he will not be in the slightest bit lost without.

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  • When a firm is losing people at this rate from its marquee practice area then you know that the rot is very far advanced.

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  • Well done Ed! Good Luck for the future.

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  • To bring some much needed balance to the comments - SJB is not in a crisis situation. We all read the league tables and it still firmly has a place at the top or amongst the top. Ed Harris has certainly contributed to that position and result with some high profile work, but there is other talent at the firm who will work hard to retain the department's position.

    I wish Ed well, but please - a reality check on the bigger picture.

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  • Ed hired me at SJB, although I never worked for him directly, seemed like an intelligent and all round nice guy. When I asked him why he moved from FF to SJB, he told me it was SJB making all the noise in the PE space which he wanted a part of. Don't really see the attraction to Lovells but wish him the best of luck, I am sure he has made an informed decision.

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  • Hahaha oh well Lovells! He has no clients!

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  • It’s a real shame Bond Dickenson didn’t get Ed on board. They could’ve provided the right platform.

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  • Baptist @ 11:43am - bitter much?!

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  • Hilarious to see SJB doing the predictable poisonous fight back In fact, quite pathetic but in keeping with the ethos. I have worked with Ed. He is a great lawyer but also a really nice chap. Pity none of the others in his team could learn from him.

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  • Provided his clients go with him, then it really doesn't matter whether Harris is at Berwins, Lovells, Simpson Thatcher, Burges Salmon or, indeed, Bond Dickinson. It's him they are with, not the firm.

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  • Where is Julian Hedgefund? He usually has something to say on a Berwins story.

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  • Ed has the ability and talent to be the next big name in PE. The partners he is leaving behind know it, Lovells can obviously see it, and he will do well.

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  • If a partner isn't leaving for more money or a bigger / better brand, then that tells you everything you need to know about the culture and environment said partner is leaving behind.

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