Nabarro partner heads off to Whale Rock

Nabarro corporate partner Elliot Shear is to leave the firm to become managing director of an outsourcing boutique for clients’ in-house legal functions.

Shear, whose clients include defence contractor General Dynamics (GD), will join Whale Rock Legal on 1 July. The legal arm of the City-based professional services group seconds lawyers to companies to work with thier ­accountancy and company secretarial divisions. It currently ­focuses on international trade and litigation, an offering headed by legal CEO Nigel Kushner.

AIM specialist Shear will add corporate finance and M&A to the repertoire.

Shear, who featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 2009, will continue to work with Nabarro for GD, for which he was the relationship ­partner. He advised the client on its £2bn Ministry of Defence contract to ­supply armoured vehicles to the British Army in 2010.