CC and A&O lawyers quit to join the bar

Keating Chambers and Seven Bedford Row have snapped up two magic circle lawyers, the latest in a string of defections from top City firms to the bar.

Regulatory specialist Jason Mansell is set to move to Seven Bedford Row’s flourishing fraud department from Allen & Overy (A&O), while last week Clifford Chance senior assistant Paul Buckingham joined Keating.

Buckingham was a key member of Clifford Chance’s commercial arbitration group and specialised in construction and energy disputes. Besides the UK, his practice focused on Dubai, where Clifford Chance has a presence, and Saudi Arabia. He worked as a chemical engineer at BP before he joined the magic circle firm in 1995.

Mansell, who was a member of A&O’s regulatory investigations group following a post as enforcement counsel at the Financial Services Authority and at the Crown Prosecution Service, made the move to do more advocacy. The appointment follows Seven Bedford’s Row’s merger with Jersey’s BakerPlatt group in 2003. Together they advise on offshore fraud and compliance.