Linklaters’ former corporate head takes role at BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Linklaters’ former global head of corporate David Barnes.

Barnes, who was a partner at Linklaters for 26 years and ran for senior partner in March 2011 before announcing his retirement in June of that year (19 July 2011), joins BLP as a partner.

After taking on several big names in real estate, private equity and finance over the past few years, corporate is considered to be the last piece of the puzzle in BLP’s hiring strategy.

In a statement, BLP’s head of corporate John Bennett said: “We’re at an exciting juncture in the development of BLP’s corporate practice. David’s reputation and experience in London and Asia will facilitate the achievement of our ambitious plans.”

Barnes made partner at Linklaters in 1985, and was based in Hong Kong between then and 1991, when he returned to London. Barnes’ key clients included BT, HSBC and Sainsbury’s and he was global head of corporate at Linklaters between 2005 and 2010.

Barnes is the latest in a spate of hires for BLP. In January the firm hired Clifford Chance securitisation partner Prashanth Satyadeva (11 January 2012).

In December 2011 the firm hired Allen & Overy equtity partner Andrei Baev for its London projects team (13 December 2011) while Ashurst finance partner Simon Small joined in November 2011 (14 November 2011).

Last October the firm appointed South Square’s Stuart Issaacs QC as an equity partner to develop its in house advocacy unit (27 October 2011) as well as Ashurst’s non-contentious construction head Marc Hanson (3 October 2011).