Taylor Joynson Garrett lures ex-Sidleys managing partner

Taylor Joynson Garrett has struck a blow for City firms against acquisitive US rivals by luring John Edwards, former managing partner of Sidley & Austin's London office.

Edwards has headed Sidleys' London information industries group since his arrival from Clifford Chance in 1994.

He joins Taylor Joynson's IT telecoms internet group as a partner.

Edwards, who quit as Sidleys' London managing partner in September, was replaced by tax partner Drew Scott.

Edwards says: “I stepped down for a host of different reasons, not least of which was my concern that those responsibilities were stopping me getting on with my own practice.”

He cannot join Taylor Joynson until at least the end of this month because he and his new firm are on the opposite sides of a third generation telecoms licence application.

“I am going to be somewhere sitting separately doing this work until this is over,” he says. “It is a bizarre and unusual situation.”

Edwards says he has not discussed his formal title in the group, which is headed by Ted Mercer.

“It's an environment within which those issues don't matter so much as at [large] firms like Clifford Chance or Sidley & Austin. It's more of a true partnership,” he says.

Taylor Joynson's managing partner Declan Tarpey says: “John is a great guy and it is a real pleasure to have him with us.

“Ted Mercer is already recognised as a key telecoms player.

“John's arrival gives us much needed additional bandwidth at the top level to help service our clients and consolidates our position as one of the leading technology practices in London.”

Edwards' departure leaves Gill Andrews as the only partner in Sidleys' information industries group in London.

Scott was unavailable for comment.