Fifth UK partner for US branch office

THE LONDON office of US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius has poached its fourth UK partner this year with the recruitment of David Way, head of Simmons & Simmons' private capital group.

Way, who joins Morgan Lewis in October, will team up with US partner Charles Lubar, chairman of the firm's international section and founding partner of the London office, in the office's international tax practice.

Lubar said Way was a “highly recognised” tax lawyer with high net-worth clients, particularly among entrepreneurs and people living abroad doing business in the UK.

“David will add even more value to what is already a premier tax practice,” he said.

Lubar said the move was part of a “continued, selective expansion” of the firm's London practice.

This year Morgan Lewis has poached two leading fraud partners from Denton Hall, Robert Goldspink and former SFO chief John Wood, and in April recruited Lawrence Graham commercial property partner Stephen Turner.

Way will be Morgan Lewis's seventh partner. Five have come from the UK, the other two from the US.

Simmons tax partner Caroline Graham, who has replaced Way as head of the firm's private capital group, said: “We have spent the past two years reorganising the group by developing specialist areas for the diverse needs of private clients. I think David was looking for a smaller, more general practice in the international field.”