SJ Berwin PE partner Harris switches to Hogan Lovells

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  • Like others, I do somewhat question the move to Hogans as although they have a much better corporate practice and general profile, their PE practice is not that established. However, I am sure this can only be a success for him and indeed Hogans. Plus, he's out of that hideous SJB team.

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  • If Davis leaves, SJB's corporate team is over.

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  • If Davis also leaves, agree that SJB's corporate team is as good as over.

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  • That's not fair actually - Tim Wright is a very credible partner and is a leaving, well known name in the industry. The rest (bar him and Davis) - pah, neither here not there.

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  • Just had this story forwarded to me - 69 comments?! Wow. A lot of venom for SJB.

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  • Late to the party, but just reading this now. I do feel sorry for Berwins - wait, hear me out. I am ex-SJB and fully support Rob Day and his vision for the firm. Anybody who has spoken to him knows that he is the nicest, most genuine, intelligent man in our profession. So it does sadden me to see his firm get villified time and time again.

    Having said of all that ... I also have absolutely no time for any of the corporate partners - meaning those in Ed's team and not the other parts of the corporate department. Unless you have worked there, you cannot understand how spiteful and childish they are as a group. Not outwardly - sure, you may even think you have friendships with them - "banter" - that they're alright guys. But none of them can be trusted, and I'm not surprised that Ed (who was an exception in that team) is leaving. Wish him all the best, I am sure he will make a success of the move - all the more so if he takes his team.

    As for the state of affairs he leaves behind - as somebody else mentioned further up, Berwins 100% need to bring in lateral partners to that team if it is to sustain or, indeed, grow it's reputation.

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  • Agreed re Tim Wright. He is switched on, dynamic and charismatic. All is not lost if he's still in the team.

    Also fully support Rob Day, but sadly he does not compensate for those in Ed and Tim's team.

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  • SJB corporate is what it is - why are people on here trying to say it will collapse without certain partners?! It will continue on and will merrily occupy the mid / lower-mid market space and do very well. I can't speak for the individuals as I don't know any of them - a good thing judging by these comments - but I doubt their corporate team is going to come to a grinding halt.

    As regards the comment on laterals - there are certainly a lot of fish in the pond at the moment if SJB wants to go fishing ...

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  • Ed is a great lawyer, a technical genius and a genuinely nice guy - I wish him all the best with the move. Leanne is a top Class A girl and I also wish her well with whatever she decides to do.

    As for SJB ... the comments are unfair, but having worked there myself a few years ago now I do understand the bitterness. I disagree though that the team is at an end - they have great names left there (however unpleasant) and a great practice, and the merger will I'm sure only bring positive opportunity. Best of luck to all involved.

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  • Is Nick Plant still there?

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