Osborne Clarke has hired a corporate banking partner from Altheimer & Gray, just three months after losing one of its own partners to the US firm
Corporate banking partner Brian Rutherford has swapped firms with former Osborne Clarke intellectual property partner Della Burnside, who went to Altheimer in the spring (The Lawyer, 25 March). Rutherford joins Osborne Clarke's City office, strengthening its transactional practice. He has been a partner at Altheimer for two years, having formerly led the London banking and corporate group at Dundas & Wilson. Osborne Clarke's head of banking, Chris Sykes, said the firm's commitment to its 23-lawyer banking and finance sector practice had produced growth of 31 per cent in the last financial year. "We've made considerable investments in this practice in recent years, and our work for clients within the banking and finance sector now accounts for about a third of our business," he said. "As demand has increased, we've broadened the scope of our services, as well as the size of the team. Brian is a partner of considerable reputation in our core service area of corporate banking." Altheimer's London managing partner Robert Bata said he wished Rutherford well. "We were delighted to have had Brian with us in the start-up stage," he added.