BLG revives outsourcing team in strategy overhaul

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is undergoing a substantial overhaul, with the restructuring and expansion of its commercial litigation team along with the revival of its recently scrapped outsourcing practice.

In a significant and unexpected move, BLG has scooped senior associate Andrew Giverin from Latham & Watkins, bringing him on board as a commercial and technology outsourcing partner.

The hire means that BLG is taking steps to re-establish its specialist outsourcing practice that it claimed to have ditched last November after losing its IT out- sourcing partners, including department head Simon Shooter, to Bird & Bird.

BLG senior partner Richard Dedman said the arrival of Giverin, who was previously an associate at Shaw Pittman, “will expand the breadth of our corporate and commercial services to our clients”.

The moves are all part of a massive reorganisation as the firm seeks to address three years of stagnant profit.

The restructuring of the firm’s dispute resolution team will see the 54-partner practice, which is currently split into specialisms, merged into a general commercial litigation arm.

Litigation partner Clare Canning, who is heading the division, said the new team is a response to BLG developing its litigation brand outside the firm’s traditional specialist areas.

“It’s clear to us that clients are becoming ever-more sophisticated consumers of legal services and want to instruct specialist litigators rather than looking to their existing advisers, who may deal in the main with non-contentious matters,” said Canning.

As part of the shake-up, the firm has also appointed a new partner to its commercial litigation practice with the hire of Allen & Overy associate Maurice Kenton, who leaves the firm after six years.