HSF partner departs for Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has restocked its corporate crime and investigations team with a hire from Herbert Smith Freehills. Brian Spiro will join the UK firm as a senior adviser. He has been a partner at HSF for nearly seven years, spending the majority of his career at BCL Solicitors and Simons Muirhead & Burton. He trained at […]

Cadwalader loses five-strong team to King & Spalding

King & Spalding has raided US rival Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft for a four-strong partner team in London. Four partners are making the move, alongside one special counsel who will join as partner. On the funds finance side, partners Samantha Hutchinson, Mathan Navaratnam, Nathan Parker and special counsel James Hoggett will join. Partner Sukhvir Basran […]

Travers replenishes funds team with Blackstone hire

Travers Smith, which last year lost a number of members in its funds group, has hired a new partner from Blackstone’s in-house legal team. Joel Grossmark joins Travers’ funds practice to add to its retailisation expertise. Grossmark previously worked at Blackstone Credit and Insurance, where he led its legal function for over five years. He […]

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Simmons boosts tech team with Big Four group hire

Four lawyers, who shifted from tech-focused Kemp Little to Deloitte Legal following the acquisition four years ago, have now reunited at Simmons & Simmons. Andrew Joint joined Simmons yesterday from Deloitte Legal, having previously been Kemp Little’s managing partner from 2017 until its acquisition. He joins fellow partner Calum Murray, who made the same move […]

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Latham set for double blow as German teams exit for US rivals

Latham & Watkins is set to lose two teams in Germany, hitting the firm’s restructuring and equity capital markets capabilities in Hamburg and Frankfurt. The Lawyer understands that a two-partner restructuring team will leave to join Willkie, while a separate two-partner team is joining White & Case strengthening the latter’s equity capital markets practice. White & […]

Browne Jacobson hires EY team as it aims to double London headcount

Browne Jacobson has taken a team of five lawyers, including two partners, from EY in London as it looks to grow in the UK capital. Rowan Armstrong and Alex Mason are both commercial tech specialists. They are set to join Browne Jacobson in June, along with a legal director and two associates. Both Armstrong and Mason […]

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Latham set to hire Cahill finance trio

A team from Cahill Gordon & Reindel’s finance practice are set to move firms to Latham & Watkins. It is understood that Jonathan Brownson, Joydeep Choudhuri and Prue Criddle are switching across, having joined Cahill during a significant period of growth for the firm. Brownson moved with Jake Keaveny in a much touted move from […]


Bird & Bird hires from Ashurst for Japan launch

Bird & Bird has announced it will be opening a new office in Tokyo with the hire of Ashurst partner Hiro Iwamura. The primary purpose of the office will be to support the firm’s Japanese clients in the renewable energy, life sciences and technology space with outbound work across Europe, the Middle East and Asia […]


Goodwin hits Euro 100 firm to bolster Luxembourg office

Goodwin Procter has given its Luxembourg office the early moving-in present of a new partner, hiring European 100 firm AKD’s co-head of investment funds. The US firm is bringing in Virginie Leroy to strengthen its European funds practice. Leroy spent more than four years at AKD, having joined from Canadian firm DSL in March 2020. […]

Cleary hires from Kirkland as recruitment drive continues

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, which up until 18 months ago had steered clear of the lateral hiring market, has added a new London partner from Kirkland & Ellis. Alexander van der Gaag is joining Cleary from Kirkland’s debt finance team. He worked at Kirkland for nine years, arriving as an associate from Baker McKenzie. […]

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Quinn’s competition litigation head leaves firm

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has lost its UK head of competition, a year and a half after he joined the firm. Lambros Kilaniotis left the firm in April, having joined Quinn from RPC (where he was head of competition) in January 2023 to co-head Quinn’s UK competition practice with partner Kate Vernon. In a […]

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Hill Dickinson hires six-strong team from Clydes

Hill Dickinson has secured another team hire, taking a group of six from Clyde & Co in Newcastle. Shipping partner Stephen Mackin has made the move along with five other colleagues. Mackin joined Clyde & Co in 2017, before which he spent nearly 25 years at Eversheds Sutherland. A former seafarer himself, Mackin specialises in […]

Linklaters restocks in corporate with Travers hire

A senior member of Travers Smith’s corporate group has left for Linklaters, after a string of departures from both firms. Richard Spedding has left the firm for Linklaters after 25 years at Travers, making partner in 2003. Working in M&A and equity capital markets, Spedding was also an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for five […]