The Nabarro partner double-act

It’s so heartening to see lawyers journeying from firm to firm. Like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, they tend to travel in pairs.

The reality is invariably that lawyers who team-tag do so because of synergies: clients like dealing with a tight-knit team and well established partnerships are a valuable commodity. But, nonetheless, it appeals to something in the human condition.

The Lawyer explored this dynamic among private equity (PE) lawyers just over a year ago. One partner at the time suggested it was a phenomenon peculiar to PE, because the size of deals meant partners needed someone they could trust by their side at all times.

But it appears litigators are also partial to a bit of synchronised firm-switching. In September 2011 DLA Piper picked up a team of three financial litigation partners, two of whom – James Curle and Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry – had worked together at Slaughter and May and Dorsey & Whitney before moving on to LG.

And now litigation boutique Enyo Law has picked up a pair of litigators – Peter Fitzpatrick and George Maling – who travelled from Howrey to Nabarro together before their latest move.

The move comes as Nabarro posts essentially flat turnover for the 2011-12 financial year. It also brings the number of Enyo partners to 12 or, to put it another way, six pairs. Neat.