The team headed by Nigel Boardman has taken on two assistants in the last two weeks and is looking for another lawyer. Boardman's group has just been instructed on Wal-Mart's contesting bid for Safeway.
Boardman said the assistants were taken on as part of the firm's long-term plan. “We recruit whatever the market. If there are good people there we like to take them,” he said.
Slaughters has not performed well in M&A recently, but Boardman insisted that business has held up. “Our position is slightly different from some of the others. That's partly because we didn't expand quickly,” he said.