Bingham raids Jones Day for London antitrust head

Jones Day has lost its London antitrust head to the City office of Bingham McCutchen.

Murphy, whose clients include The London Metal Exchange, led Mayer Brown’s London competition and antitrust team for eight years before joining Jones Day in 2009 (24 August 2009).

The firm did not comment on who would be replacing Murphy, though her profile has already been removed from Jones Day’s website.

Bingham is usually known as a conservative lateral hirer, but Murphy’s appointment is the latest in a growing number of partner moves by the firm in London, notably the appointment of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) funds partner Thiha Tun last year [see highlights below].

However the firm lost London-based litigation partner Natasha Harrison, who has been with the firm since 2004, to litigation powerhouse Boies Schiller & Flexner last month, with Harrison set to head the firm’s newly-launched London base, its first non-US office.  

Having spearheaded Bingham’s litigation capability, Harrison’s exit means the firm has now lost two of its highest-profile female litigation partners to US boutiques in London – Sue Prevezer QC joined Quinn Emanuel in 2008 and has since driven its UK growth.

Neither firm was available for comment.