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Ernst & Young's associated law firm, Tite & Lewis, is launching an onslaught on City firms by nabbing its first lateral hire partner.
The new practice is recruiting corporate partner Malcolm Hurley from Stephenson Harwood as its fourth partner.
Christopher Tite and Mark Lewis set up the firm when they moved with 30 lawyers from PricewaterhouseCoopers' law firm, Landwell.
Managing partner Tite says the group hopes to reach 70 lawyers in its first year, and plans to make about 10 more partner lateral hires in that time. Ultimately he says it wants to reach 300 lawyers.
Hurley's practice includes M&A and a specialism in privatisations. He has recently advised the Ugandan government on the sale of its telecoms network.
Tite says: "We practise in four areas - corporate, IT, competition and real estate - and we have had a lot of work coming in through the E&Y connection, some of which is in the work-to-die-for category."