Lateral hires


Linklaters lands IP hire from Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has lost a third partner this year to the magic circle, this time in intellectual property. Paul Joseph joins Linklaters’ global IP practice where he will be based in London. He joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2020 as partner and before that he was at RPC for over 10 years. He started […]

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BCLP construction duo exit for Mishcon

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is set to lose two partners from its non-contentious construction team to Mishcon de Reya. Duo Marc Hanson and Adriano Amorese are moving to Mishcon de Reya, after both spending over a decade with the firm. Veteran Hanson joined legacy firm Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2011, before which he led Ashurst’s […]

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Simpson Thacher secures finance hire from Kirkland

A partner from Kirkland & Ellis’s real estate finance team has moved back to his former firm, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. James Esterkin joined Kirkland in 2017 as an associate from Simpson Thacher, becoming partner just a year later. He now returns to Simpson Thacher as a partner, joining its real estate group and advising […]

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HSF reveals corporate investment in Middle East and Asia

Herbert Smith Freehills’ association firm has hired a new corporate partner in Saudi Arabia, while it has also added further heft over in Asia with the appointment of a new head of the practice. The firm has recruited Joza Al-Rasheed in Riyadh, who joins the firm having worked in-house for a five-month stint at chemical […]

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BCLP replenishes restructuring team with Brown Rudnick duo

Two partners from Brown Rudnick’s restructuring practice have left to join Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Colin Ashford and Richard Obank are joining BCLP later this year. They moved over to Brown Rudnick in 2019 from DLA Piper, where they were both longstanding partners of its restructuring group. At the time of their hires, Brown Rudnick was […]


Freshfields swoops on Dickson Minto for rare corporate hire

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired a private equity partner from Dickson Minto, the firm best known for its corporate client base and sky-high profitability. Rebecca Ward, who has worked opposite Freshfields on a number of deals, is joining the magic circle firm from Dickson Minto’s London office, where she has worked for 17 years and […]


Ropes & Gray lands three-strong Fried Frank team

Three partners from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson are moving to Ropes & Gray. The private equity partners are Dan Oates, Simon Saitowitz and Angela Becker. Oates joined Fried Frank in 2015 from O’Melveny & Myers, having joined Kirkland & Ellis from Slaughter and May in 2006. Becker meanwhile was made up to partner […]

Rashpal Soomal, Eversheds

Longtime BCLP partner departs after two decades

A BCLP real estate partner is set to leave after spending her career at the firm. Partner Rashpal Soomal is to join Eversheds Sutherland. She specialises in contentious property matters with a particular focus on issues stemming from development work, including rights of light claims and covenants. Soomal spent her entire career at BCLP, starting in 1995 […]

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Kirkland secures competition hire from A&O

An Allen & Overy partner is moving to Kirkland & Ellis, in what will be the second high-profile exit from its London competition group in little over a year. Alasdair Balfour is set to join Kirkland after nearly nine years at A&O. The magic circle firm hired him as a partner in 2013 from Fried […]

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Orrick replenishes cyber practice with new partner hire

Orrick is expanding its cyber, privacy and data innovation practice by hiring a partner from Jenner & Block. Kelly Hagedorn joins the US firm with a practice that focuses on data privacy and cybersecurity, white-collar crime, and international disputes involving fraud allegations. Based in London, she will add to Orrick’s 20-lawyer team that provides pan-European […]

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Clifford Chance hires tech partner from Norton Rose Fulbright

A partner from Norton Rose Fulbright’s technology, media and telecoms team has joined Clifford Chance, making him the firm’s second City lateral hire in five months. Zayed Al Jamil is expected to join Clifford Chance on 1 May. He has spent more than five years at Norton Rose Fulbright, making partner in 2021. At Norton […]

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Skadden partner exits for A&O

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has lost a longstanding member of its international litigation and arbitration team to Allen and Overy (A&O). David Herlihy has joined A&O’s litigation, arbitration and investigations team. He will initially be based in London, but will in due course split his time between London and Dublin, where he will […]

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Linklaters partner exits in Brussels for Cooley

Cooley has added its third lateral to the firm’s global competition practice in two weeks, this time hiring a longstanding Linklaters partner. Jonas Koponen is moving to Cooley’s Brussels office after two decades at the magic circle firm. During his time at Linklaters, he served as its global head of competition between 2015 and 2019. […]

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Freshfields partner exits for Eversheds

Eversheds Sutherland is to boost its infrastructure practice with the addition of a longstanding Freshfields partner. Alex Carver is set to leave the magic circle firm after 25 years, where he had been a partner since 2003. During this time he built expertise across major projects, financing and capital markets. He joins Eversheds later this […]

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Ropes white-collar partner leaves for Dechert

Dechert has revealed its latest hire in London, recruiting Ropes & Gray’s co-head of its government enforcement and white-collar practice. Judith Seddon joins Dechert after four years at Ropes. She switched over in 2018 after over a decade at Clifford Chance. Prior to that Seddon was a partner at Russell Jones & Walker (now Slater […]


Orrick energy trio exits for Osborne Clarke

Orrick is to lose three partners to Osborne Clarke, as the UK firm bolsters its energy practice. The three partners are John Deacon, Hannah Roscoe and Dominic O’Brien. Deacon will move across next week, while Roscoe and O’Brien will join Osborne Clarke before the end of the financial year. Other Orrick losses recently include M&A […]

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Kirkland partner takes on new role at investment manager

A partner from Kirkland & Ellis’s London office has left the firm to join investment manager Centerbridge. Karim Kassam left Kirkland earlier this year and has joined Centerbridge’s City-based investment team as a principal to support it on credit investing. A restructuring lawyer, Kassam was promoted to partner at Kirkland in 2019. He joined as an […]


Linklaters lands finance trio from Vinson

US firm Vinson & Elkins is to lose three of its leveraged finance team in London, less than a year after losing a trio of private equity partners to Sidley Austin. Noel Hughes is leading the charge to Linklaters having joined Vinson & Elkins in 2018. He is focused on international capital markets and cross-border […]

CMS competition partner exits for Cooley

CMS has lost one of its co-heads for competition and trade to international law firm Cooley. Caroline Hobson started her new role yesterday and has joined the firm’s antitrust and competition practice group. She advises on a wide range of EU and UK competition law, regulatory issues and foreign investment control in the UK. “Cooley […]

Addleshaws partner exits for Big Four firm

EY Law has hired an Addleshaw Goddard partner to expand its fintech and commercial law expertise. Fiona Ghosh will be joining EY as a partner in its law practice and is expected to focus on transformation projects in advanced manufacturing and mobility, as well as technology, media and telecoms. Ghosh spent more than seven years […]


Paul Hastings corporate partner to leave firm

One of Paul Hastings’ City corporate partners, and a former magic circle alumnus, is leaving the firm after four years. Roger Barron joined Paul Hastings in 2018 after over 25 years at Linklaters, where he made partner in 2001. Also Paul Hastings’ vice chair of M&A, Barron arrived at a time when Paul Hastings was […]

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Dechert partner exits for Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin is adding a new partner to its corporate and life sciences group from Dechert. Robert Darwin is leaving Dechert after just over three years, which he joined in late 2018 from Hogan Lovells. After training at Slaughter and May in 2004, Darwin went on to work for Faegre & Benson and Withers. He joined Hogan Lovells […]

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Covington hires City partner from Weil Gotshal

One of Weil Gotshal & Manges’ private equity partners in London has joined Covington & Burling as co-chair of its global practice. Mark Thompson has made the move after three years at Weil Gotshal. He joined in 2019 from Sidley Austin and has also worked at King & Spalding. He will serve as co-chair of Covington’s […]


Cadwalader secures partner duo from Bakers

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has finalised the hire of a Baker McKenzie duo, who specialise on private credit and direct lending, as well as restructuring matters. The US firm has hired banking and finance partner Matt Smith and Bevis Metcalfe to its London office. They join in April. Smith has particular expertise in private credit […]

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Simmons launches in San Francisco with OC hire

Simmons & Simmons is launching on the US’ West Coast, hiring the head of Osborne Clarke’s Silicon Valley office. The new office in the San Francisco Bay area will not be practising US law. Simmons has hired Emily Jones for the launch, who has been at Osborne Clarke for nearly twenty years and moved to […]