Arnheim Tite & Lewis partner Samantha Hampshire is moving to US firm Baker & Botts marking the start of the firm's UK poaching spree.
The energy specialist is leaving Arnheim Tite, PricewaterhouseCoopers' associate practice, to go to the London office of Baker & Botts.
Hampshire is moving to the Houston-based firm to develop its international energy operations.
Hampshire says: “My role is to be involved in helping them create and develop their international energy practice, which fits with my core expertise. It is a great opportunity for me.”
Hampshire is the first UK partner to join Baker & Botts, which is one of the top energy firms in the US.
According to London partner Kevin Dent, the London practice opened last year and is now expanding to recruit English partners.
Dent says: “Our initial area of work is going to be an energy practice because that is where the firm's strengths lie.
“With the addition of folks like Samantha we can broaden our practice internationally and break into the UK market.”
“We don't envisage bringing many more folks from the States. We are going to focus on local hires, because we are not going to be successful in London by parachuting in Americans.”
Baker & Botts also has offices in Moscow and Baku, Azerbaijan.
Arnheim Tite managing partner Christopher Tite says of Hampshire's departure: “I am sorry to see Samantha go. I think she is going to do very well.
“She is a strong technical lawyer and she will get the energy work at Baker & Botts that she really wants to do.”
500-lawyer Baker & Botts is ranked 39th in the US in terms of gross revenues, with a reported yearly fee income of $230,000,000.
Hampshire says her exit date from Arnheim Tite is still being negotiated.