Manches gives boost to employment capability

Stephen Levinson, the former KLegal head of employment who joined Scottish heavyweight Maclay Murray & Spens in December 2002, has left the firm to join Manches.

Levinson, who was employment head in Maclays’ London office, starts today (7 June) as a partner in Manches’ London employment group, which is headed by Jonathan Maude.

The hire is a boost to the Manches team’s profile, coming seven months after the departure of Alasdair Simpson, the charismatic former senior partner, former group head Jane Amphlett and rated senior associate Richard Yeomans. All joined Addleshaw Goddard in October 2003.

Maude, who denied the hire was down to the loss of Simpson, said he had developed a business plan in the same month as the departures that outlined the need for a partner with seniority. “We needed more weight in the department,” said Maude. “Stephen’s very high profile in employment law generally and well known in the Employment Lawyers’ Association. That was something we lacked and which can be a good source of referrals.”

With Levinson, Manches has three partners and four assistants in its London employment team. Maude added that he was currently looking at continuing the expansion with two additional assistant hires.

Maclays chief executive Magnus Swanson confirmed that Levinson left the firm at the end of May, but said Maclays is continuing to expand. “Maclays will be continuing to pursue lateral hire opportunities, particularly in London,” he said.