The Lawyer Africa Elite 2014 features an in-depth look at 46 leading independent firms’ strategies in 15 key sub-Saharan jurisdictions, as well as the views of in-house counsel from some of Africa’s largest companies... Read more
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Paisner & Co has hired Ladbrokes' Betting and Gaming Worldwide head of legal and two partners from Ernst & Young and Greenwoods.
Hilary Stewart-Jones leaves her post as Betting and Gaming Worldwide's head of legal and legal director to join Paisners' computer, media and intellectual property team (CMIP) as a partner. The Hilton Group member will now become one of the firm's clients.
The move will leave Betting and Gaming Worldwide without an in-house legal capability although Stewart-Jones says that she will continue to advise on its e-gaming business and international disposals.
Stewart-Jones says: "I don't regard there to be a conflict with my Ladbrokes work. They are aware that I want to make the move to service a wider client base." Stewart-Jones says that she had already been approached by another e-gaming business.
Ladbrokes' Worldwide Betting and Gaming business is expected to continue using Olswang for a proportion of its e-commerce work and SJ Berwin and Slaughter and May for corporate and commercial work.
Harold Paisner, senior partner at Paisners, says: "We didn't have this expertise before. Hilary fits very well with the CMIP team and with our leisure activities generally."
Sara Cohen, a senior manager at Ernst & Young in London who left Paisners five years ago as an assistant, will head the share scheme practice within the corporate tax group. She says: "I wasn't looking to move at all. I have been very happy at Ernst & Young but Paisners approached me and made me an offer I couldn't refuse."
Paisners' construction team also gains a new partner. Julian Holloway has led the construction and commercial litigation department at Greenwoods, London, for seven years. He will take his practice, which serves contractors and sub-contractors, with him. Greenwoods will narrow its construction presence to serving its insurer clients.
Holloway says: "I have for some time been the only partner on the construction side at Greenwoods. I've been looking to join a dynamic team and I think I've found it. I really felt I needed to be part of a larger team to be able to service my clients more effectively."
Holloway's arrival will bring Paisners' construction partner count up to four. The firm is also talking to a fifth lawyer.
Paisners has recruited five new partners since September, when Moira Protani and Amanda Lewis joined the firm (The Lawyer, 18 September). Paisner says: "We are in an expansionary phase at the moment. We are looking forward to continuing to grow the firm in our focus areas of new economy/corporate, property/construction and leisure."