Jones Day loses employment litigation head to BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner has hired the head of Jones Day’s employment litigation practice.

Lisa Mayhew joins as a partner today, bringing with her particular expertise in financial services. This includes experience on High Court cases that have involved team moves and restrictive covenants, bonuses, executive severance, equal pay and whistle blowing. Prior to Jones Day she was a partner at Lovells, which she left in 2006 (29 August 2006).

BLP’s employment head Fraser Younson said: “It’s brilliant to be bringing in a lawyer of Lisa’s stature to the team. Our clients are large, multi-national companies who need the highest-quality legal advice to help them manage complex employment cases. Lisa’s background means that she’s second to none in providing that level of advice, and her strong financial services experience is a perfect match with our existing strength in that sector. There are lots of synergies between us.”

Mayhew said: “BLP’s employment team has broken through into the premier league in recent years and they’re fast becoming a team of choice by the corporate elite. It has an excellent platform and match with my own practice and I’m looking forward to applying my financial services experience to the benefit of BLP’s expanding client base.”

BLP recently won a deal that sees it take on board the global employment work of telecoms provider Colt (20 September 2010), in a move that will see it focusing primarily on strategic matters.