US firm Katten Muchin swipes Hogan Lovells PE team in London

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  • Sarah @ 1:52: yet the team hasn't had a "serious" partner loss in years, apart from arguably Harris, and still seem to get plenty of mandates, including some juicy ones. It can't be all bad!

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  • Leanne is a phenomenal lawyer and fabulous person. I am sure her presence will be missed at SJB. I wish her every luck in the world. Ed and Leanne are a dream team so I am confident the move will be a great success.

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  • Will be intriguing to see if Harris takes a bigger team than just Moezi - she seems quite senior (up for partnership soon?) so it would make sense if the team included a junior.

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  • Steven Davis and Tim Wright are great lawyers with credible practices at SJB - as long as they are there, everybody cool down.

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  • Anon @ 5:57 - I think HL has a sufficient number of juniors for them for the time being. Time will tell though.

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  • Nobody else is leaving with them. They are not taking a junior. Lovells is sufficiently resourced. More so than SJB by all accounts.

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  • SJB needs to sort out its associate attrition rates. That is evident. Seems like Hogan Lovells may need to do the same if it's lost two associates with Watkins.

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  • As long as there are associates, there will be associate attrition. The challenge for any firm is spotting when it begins to be a real problem, and then addressing it. Sadly, the fact that associates do leave all the time for a variety of reasons, often obscures the issue and makes it harder for partners to realise and accept when it has become a problem. However, one associate leaving, or two associates leaving, does not mean SJ or HL are suddenly in terminal decline.

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  • But Lovells have replaced Watkins team - with Ed and Leanne. Not sure I understand then the last sentence of the article.

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  • Let's look at the facts. On paper. Homegrown associate - 7 years qualified - seemingly well-liked and more than competent - good prospects, would've made it. Why, then, would she leave? I genuinely don't know LM and have never worked at SJB (small mercies), but the reasons HAVE to be one or all of: (a) money; (b) culture; (c) path to partnership. That's it. If she's not going in-house at that level, then she's clearly wanting to pursue a career in private practice (gosh knows why). On that basis, then I'm sorry SJB but you absolutely do need to address your attrition rates! You shouldn't be losing long-serving associates because of (a), (b) or (c) type reasons.

    Rather enjoying these types of articles and the comments that ensue! Good reading to break up the monotony of the day.

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