Halliwells hires two to replace partner losses

Halliwell Landau is losing a further two partners but is taking on two lawyers to bolster its insolvency practice.

Paul Conroy, a property partner who has been with Halliwells for four years, is leaving to join Addleshaw Booth & Co’s Manchester office, just 18 months after being made up to partner. While Andrew Livesey, a former head of insolvency at Halliwells who was with the practice for more than 11 years, has joined north-west firm Taylors to set up its insolvency and corporate recovery department.

In October, Halliwells lost two corporate partners when Patrick Rawnsley joined Eversheds‘ Leeds office and Tim Jackson-Smith left for client Knowledge Management Software (The Lawyer, 23 October).

The fact that Addleshaws shares property clients Amec and Commercial Development Projects was an incentive for Conroy to join the firm.

It is not known whether the clients will move to Addleshaws with Conroy. Halliwells’ managing partner Paul Thomas declined to comment on the possible client moves.

In recompense Halliwells is taking on Gavin Jones, head of corporate recovery and insolvency at Watford firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin, for its Manchester office.

Matthew Arnold is on Barclays’ debt recovery unit panel, although Thomas says this does not mean that the firm will necessarily gain work from the bank.

Ralph Hume Garry partner David Grant is joining Halliwells’ City office to launch an insolvency and corporate recovery department.

Commenting on the rate of departures and hirings, Thomas says: “I think all law firms have changes from time to time but the firm is continuing to move forward.”

He says that it is likely that the firm will look externally for Conroy’s replacement.

Livesey will work with some colleagues from his former firm Davies Wallis Foyster, including Taylors’ founding partners Elaine Hurn and Tony Catterall, where he practised before joining Halliwells.

He says: “I wanted a new challenge. Taylors is a commercial practice with a strong corporate client base, and because we are acting for corporates in this part of the region we want to be able to offer a full service commercial practice.”