DLA has hired Halliwell Landau partner John Vickery for its business support and restructuring group following the departure of recovery and insolvency partner Richard Drinkwater to Keoghs. Others to quit the department in the last 18 months include national insolvency head Peter Cranston and partner Paul de la Pena to Eversheds, as well as a team to Pinsents led by partner Philip Coates.