Lateral hires

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Kirkland expands ESG group with DLA Piper hire

Kirkland & Ellis has hired a partner in its ESG and impact practice group in London from DLA Piper. Rhys Davies previously served as DLA’s international sustainability and ESG lead. He spent 16 years at the firm and was given the nod to partner in 2017, while he was still in Perth, Australia. He relocated […]


Shearman exits: Firm loses two more in Paris and Dubai

Shearman & Sterling has lost two partners from its international network as the fallout continues from the breakdown in merger talks with Hogan Lovells. The firm has lost Paris-based corporate partner Guillaume Isautier to magic circle firm Allen & Overy, while King & Spalding announced that Shearman projects partner Brendan Hundt would be joining its […]

Genna Marten, Travers Smith

Travers suffers another partner loss as Linklaters poaches PE star 

Travers Smith has taken another hit in the City, losing one of its private equity partners to Linklaters. Genna Marten has spent nearly 12 years at Travers Smith, being promoted to partner in 2018. She qualified at Edinburgh-based Burness Paull in 2010 and was recently listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for 2023. It has […]

Allen Overy

Sullivan & Cromwell swipes magic circle partner to expand PE practice

Allen & Overy has lost a partner in its London corporate practice to Sullivan & Cromwell. Karan Dinamani makes the move, having joined the magic circle firm in 2014. He previously trained at Ashurst and was given the nod to partner in 2013. Dinamani will be based in Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office, where he […]

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Skadden barrister moves over to Steptoe

Steptoe & Johnson is expanding its London litigation practice by hiring a barrister from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Jonathon Egerton-Peters has joined Steptoe as a partner. He focuses on international arbitration, litigation and tax across a range of sectors including tobacco, banking and energy. He has been at Skadden for nearly 14 years, […]


Paul Hastings hires litigator from Shearman

Shearman & Sterling has taken another hit in the city of London, after losing a partner to Paul Hastings. Wong previously spent six years as a barrister at Matrix Chambers. He then spent four years at Freshfields and more than seven years at Bird & Bird where he was given the nod to partner. He […]

Munich Germany

Shearman woes mount as Morgan Lewis takes entire Munich team

Morgan Lewis & Bockius is set to take on the entirety of Shearman & Sterling’s office in Munich. According to German legal publication Juve, the team consists of three partners, 20 associates and 13 business services professionals. The team is understood to be moving to Morgan Lewis in April this year. Shearman continues to have […]

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Stewarts loses tax disputes duo to Big Four

Stewarts has lost two partners from its tax litigation and resolution practice to members of the Big Four. Lee Ellis has left the litigation boutique to join KPMG as a partner. Ellis was at the firm for over seven years after joining from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as a senior associate in 2015. He […]

White & Case

Akin Gump hires second finance partner from White & Case

White & Case has taken another hit in the City after losing a second banking partner to Akin Gump. Paul Yin makes the move, having joined White & Case in March 2022. Prior to this, he spent nearly eight years at Skadden, working also at Ashurst in Sydney and training at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. This […]


Dentons targeted for energy team raid in Scotland

An energy and infrastructure team from Dentons’ Edinburgh office is heading up the road to join Addleshaw Goddard, The Lawyer has learnt. It is understood that partners David Cruickshank, Andrew Orr and Euan Wilson will be making the move shortly. Cruickshank and Wilson both joined Dentons as partners in 2017, after the firm’s merger with Glasgow-headquartered […]


Star signing: Former BLP chief switches to Mishcon

The former leader of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has joined Mishcon de Reya, where he will be an adviser. Neville Eisenberg joins the Mishcon group, where he will work closely with executive chair Kevin Gold and the management team to deliver the firm’s 10-year vision. Eisenberg joined Berwin Leighton in 1991 and was appointed as managing […]

Fried Frank, Bishopsgate

Dickson Minto partner leaves firm ahead of Milbank deal

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has hired a partner from Dickson Minto ahead of the latter’s merger with Milbank. The Lawyer has learnt that London-based leveraged finance specialist Chris Barron, who acts for private equity sponsors, borrowers and lenders, is making the move to Fried Frank. Barron has spent nearly nine years at the […]

White & Case

White & Case snaps up Travers Smith’s head of M&A tax

Travers Smith has taken another hit in the City of London, losing its head of M&A tax to White & Case. Jessica Kemp joins White & Case’s tax practice, having spent the last 15 years at Travers Smith. She was given the nod to partner in 2015 and was promoted to head of M&A tax […]

DWF Manchester

DWF recruits Dentons’ UK real estate head

Dentons’ UK real estate head is leaving the firm after five years to join DWF in a new leadership role. Deepa Deb joins DWF’s real estate team as its global head of development and investment, having spent five years with Dentons. She was promoted as Dentons UK real estate head in 2020 after the retirement […]

Kirkland funds partner leaves for Goodwin

Goodwin Procter has snapped up a private equity and investment funds partner from Kirkland & Ellis. Jacqueline Eaves has spent nearly four years as a partner at the US firm, where she focused on advising private investment funds on a range of complex business transactions in the secondary market. Before joining Kirkland, Eaves spent four […]

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White & Case high yield partner exits for magic circle firm

The lateral hiring market is in full swing at the start of this year, with a White & Case partner the latest to leave for a role at Clifford Chance. Clifford Chance is bulking up its US securities and high yield capabilities by recruiting Jill Concannon Christie, who is making the move after having spent […]

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Weil Gotshal lines up new corporate hire from Linklaters

Linklaters is to lose another one of its corporate stars, this time to Weil Gotshal & Manges. Sarah Flaherty is leaving the magic circle firm to join one of her former colleagues, David Avery-Gee who now heads Weil’s M&A practice in London. Flaherty became a partner at Linklaters in 2020, during which time she was […]

Dublin Ireland

Ropes makes first hire for fledgling Dublin office

Law firms are continuing to expand with offices in the Republic of Ireland, as Ropes & Gray hires from the country’s competition regulator to launch its operations. The firm has recruited Dervla Broderick as a counsel. She was previously a deputy director at the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, having also spent time in the […]


Linklaters duo set to leave for Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings is ringing in the New Year with another set of partner hires, recruiting a corporate and finance infrastructure duo from Linklaters. The US firm’s London office is bringing in Linklaters’ co-heads of infrastructure Jessamy Gallagher and Stuart Rowson. Gallagher specialises on M&A transactions, while Rowson leads on financing advice. Their practice focuses on […]

Sarah McAtominey Goodwin

Goodwin recruits fourth BCLP lateral since merger

Goodwin has hired a new London partner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s (BCLP) litigation team. The firm has taken on Sarah McAtominey, a commercial litigation lawyer specialising across a range of industries, including financial services, technology and hospitality. She has particular expertise in shareholder and mergers and acquisitions litigation, as well as crisis management. McAtominey […]


Travers Smith’s PE head leaves for Cleary

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has secured its third London partner of the day, recruiting Travers Smith’s private equity head. Ian Shawyer is making the move to Cleary. In a statement, Shawyer said: “I can’t wait to get started at Cleary. The existing high profile, cross-border team at Cleary is very appealing. I am really […]


Deloitte Legal lures four-partner team from Shoosmiths

Big Four giant Deloitte has swiped a four-partner team from Shoosmiths to introduce real estate to its legal offering. Vaqas Farooq, Wayne Nash, Lisa On-Iam and Dan Hargreaves have joined Deloitte Legal as of today, coming over from Shoosmiths where they were all previously partners. All four will be based out of Deloitte’s Manchester office, […]

St Botolph, Clyde & Co

Clydes hires 19-strong team from DWF

Insurance expansion is continuing at Clyde & Co as the firm has recruited a product liability team from rival DWF. The Lawyer can reveal that the departing group of DWF lawyers is led by two London partners: Peter Barnes and Charlotte Kelly. Barnes, a dual-qualified solicitor and barrister, leaves the listed law firm nearly seven […]