Olswang bags Freshfields competition man

Olswang has hired a senior competition associate from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a partner. Alasdair Balfour’s arrival boosts partner headcount in the London competition team to three. Balfour will be reunited with Olswang’s head of EU and competition Howard Cartlidge, who also joined the firm from Freshfields. Olswang has competition clients that include Channel 4, 118 118 and the Law Society. Cartlidge said: “We just need strength and depth as we’re a very busy practice and need more people. Alasdair has worked not just on merger control work but a whole range of competition issues.”