Eversheds picks up Ashurst London pensions head

Ashurst’s London pensions head Steven Hull has become the latest partner departure from the firm as he joins Eversheds’ City office.

Hull is expected to remain at Ashurst until 20 March and to join Eversheds as a partner on 1 May.

Ashurst’s employment, incentives and pensions group will continue to be led by Caroline Carter, with Marcus Fink stepping into Hull’s role leading the pensions practice in London.

Hull specialises in pension scheme reorganisations and mergers, deficit reduction strategies and scheme funding negotiations, changing and closing benefit structures, the pension aspects of corporate transactions and disputes involving the Pensions Regulator.

Ashurst has seen a string of departures in the last few months. The latest was competition and EU partner Efthymios Bourtzalas who quit Ashurst’s Brussels outpost to join Bird & Bird, just weeks after the exit of partner Julian Ellison from the same group (6 February 2014).

The firm also witnessed the exit of private equity partner Karan Dinamani (4 March 2014), who will be reunited with his former corporate head Stephen Lloyd, who left Ashurst to join Allen & Overy last December (11 December 2013).

Corporate partner Eavan Saunders Cole also left the Appold Street firm last November to take up a new role at William Fry in Dublin (11 November 2013).

Last year Eversheds lost a team of pensions specialists in Leeds when partner Terri Saeedi left for Gordons (4 June 2013).