Insolvency ace quits Hammonds for SJ Berwin

Hammonds has lost its first fixed-share equity partner since the 14-month lock-in for non-fixed-share equity partners was introduced. Insolvency specialist Michael Woollard is leaving to join SJ Berwin, along with Laura O’Neill, a lateral hire from Clifford Chance. Hammonds did not ask its fixed-share partners to sign up to the lock-in, designed to stem a recent flow of departures from the firm. The firm has also promoted nine associates to partner in London, Christoph Brenner in Munich and Arnaud David in Paris.

First revealed on 5 May