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DWF has raided Lawrence Graham for employment partner Helga Breen to lead the London employment team.
It comes ahead of LG’s planned merger with Wragge & Co, which is expected to go ahead in May. The deal was voted through by both firms at the end of last year (18 November 2013).
Breen joined LG from Eversheds in 2007 (3 September 2007) and led a the confidential investigation for the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) into the alleged manipulation of the LIBOR rate (27 July 2012).
She has worked with the FSA, the Financial Ombudsman Scheme, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
DWF national head of employment Mark Hammerton said in a statement: “Helga’s extensive experience of working across a number of DWF’s chosen industry sectors makes her an excellent addition to our growing team.”
Her move follows the exits of LG property litigation head Jane Fox-Edwards who quit in April for Allen & Overy (12 April 2013), pensions partner Ron Burgess who left for Olswang in May (21 May 2013) and white collar crime partner Eoin O’Shea who quit for Reed Smith in July.
Earlier this month LG’s competition and regulation chief Rosemary Choueka left for to Bristows (2 January 2014).
DWF intends to double the size of its London offering over the next three years. In September the firm picked up an 11-partner team from Greenwoods after the team’s sole client Aviva expressed concern over its decision to merge with defendant insurance firm Plexus Law in May 2013 (11 October 2013).
The firm spent almost £17m on its expansion in the last financial year, according to it latest LLP accounts (20 November 2013).