Stephenson Harwood makes another partner hire from Ashurst

Stephenson Harwood has turned to Ashurst again for a City hire, snatching employee incentives partner Barbara Allen.

Allen, who focuses on employee share schemes, other incentive plans and the effect of corporate deals on such schemes, has resigned from Ashurst, although her start date at Stephenson Harwood has not been confirmed.

She becomes the firm’s only dedicated employee incentives partner and joins as practice head, alongside partner Maryanna Sharrock and associates Catherine Robinson and Anika Chandra, all of whom are primarily tax lawyers but advise on incentives schemes.

The scoop follows the hire of former Ashurst corporate partner Jeremy Sheldon from Fulbright & Jaworski earlier this month.

Stephenson Harwood hired another Ashurst corporate partner, Andrew Edge, last year (3 March 2010) and former Ashurst partner Duncan Stiles in 2009.

Allen, who has spent 23 years at Ashurst, said: “Joining Stephenson Harwood as head of incentives gives me the opportunity to join a corporate practice in expansion mode which presents a lot of opportunity.”

Stephenson Harwood CEO and corporate head Sharon White said: “Barbara’s expertise further enhances our full-service offering and her work with management teams at the very highest level, as well as her experience of working on share plans for both private and public companies, means she has the ideal range of experience for the firm’s client base.”