Paisners hires three to recoup partner numbers

PAISNER & CO is boosting its partner count in charities, IT and construction with three lateral hires from City firms as it bounces back from the loss of three partners to Addleshaw Booth & Co and one to Garretts.

SJ Berwin loses its head of charities Moira Protani, who is taking the practice she founded in 1993 to Paisners. Protani becomes Paisners’ third charity partner in a move which leaves SJ Berwin without a team dedicated to this area.

SJ Berwin senior partner David Harrel says: “We are not giving up on charities, but Moira wanted to develop her charity work on a larger scale than our business strategy allowed.”

Protani says of the move: “I was attracted by Paisners’ very exciting existing charities group.”

Berwin Leighton loses senior IT lawyer Amanda Lewis who will join Paisners’ computer, media and IP group (CMIP), increasing its number of partners to five. Lewis headed an IT outsourcing team at Berwin Leighton after spending six years in-house at International Computers.

Harold Paisner, senior partner at Paisners, says: “This is a very significant area of growth for us and we see it as very much a focus for the firm in the future.

“Whereas in the past CMIP was a service team to the corporate group, now the corporate group is getting a lot of work through CMIP connections.”

Lewis’ arrival at Paisners follows the announcement that new economy specialist Laurence Kaye is leaving the firm for Garretts.

Paisner says: “We are sorry he is leaving us and we wish him the best of luck, but the department doesn’t depend on one personality.

“Paisners is increasingly able to attract high calibre lawyers, which, in turn, ena-bles the firm to offer clients strengthened capabilities in a number of key areas.”

The construction partner who will join the firm in the autumn has yet to be named.