Shaw Pittman closes its doors on London corporate practice

The London office of US firm Shaw Pittman has closed down its corporate practice following the departure of corporate partners Charles Severs and Robert Bishop for DLA last month.

The two remaining associates from the corporate group have now departed, with one joining Severs and Bishop at DLA.

The corporate practice failed to capture the corporate technology clients that it hoped would come from the firm’s core practice. However, a firm spokesperson said that three technology lawyers were still advising on corporate issues. “The corporate practice is being reviewed and its future is under discussion,” said the spokesperson.

The London office is now stripped down to its core outsourcing practice, which is led by London managing partner Alistair Maughan and partner David Skinner.

The rest of the team now comprises nine associates after the firm took two from Tarlo Lyons to bolster the office, which had been hit in the summer by the departures of two partners and seven associates.

The outsourcing practice also includes two associates specialising in employment law, an essential part of any outsourcing transaction.