Taylor Wessing has hired the senior counsel of Merrill Lynch's European global private client business. Clive Cunningham joined Taylor Wessing as a partner in its corporate team last week (beginning 6 November). Cunningham specialises in the financial services, banking and funds sectors. He is the third significant hire for Taylor Wessing in four months. In September former Shearman & Sterling securitisation specialist Mark Raines resurfaced at Taylor Wessing's London office after leaving Shearman in March 2005 and in August Winston & Strawn partner Graham Wedlake joined the firm as its head of securitisation.