Robert Dillarstone, Greenwoods’ Managing Partner

Axiom Ince disintegrates further as two teams exit

Four teams have left Axiom Ince in a day, with the private client and tax group being the latest to switch firms. Nine lawyers from the struggling firm have joined Greenwoods Legal in the London office, led by Ince’s former head of private client and tax Matthew Biles. The departure follows that of Ince tax […]

London towers, office City

Euro 100 firm pounces on Axiom Ince for 17-strong team

Partners continue to defect from ailing Axiom Ince, as a 17-strong shipping and insurance team leaves to join the London office of a major European law firm. The team, which includes seven partners from the legacy Ince business, has moved to Norwegian Big Five firm Wikborg Rein. The arrivals will boost the Nordic outfit’s shipping […]

Irwin Mitchell team

Two team exits in a day: Seven-strong Axiom Ince group joins Irwin Mitchell

A team of seven regulatory lawyers from Axiom Ince is the latest to leave as concerns mount over the firm’s future. Irwin Mitchell has recruited the group, led by former Ince Group partners Philip Somarakis and Colette Kelly. Somarakis is Ince’s former head of regulatory solutions and joins as Irwin Mitchell’s national head of regulatory. […]

Axiom Ince exits mount as firm teeters on the brink

A team from Axiom Ince has exited its Birmingham office as concerns mount over the firm’s future after a string of scandals. The moves come as Axiom Ince is understood to have told clients that it will soon cease to trade, according to RollonFriday. Acuity Law, has hired three immigration lawyers from Axiom Ince. The […]

Melis Acuner, Quinn

Quinn Emanuel recruits arbitration partner from Cadwalader

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has lost one of its disputes partners to another US rival in the CIty. Arbitration specialist Melis Acuner has joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan after more than five years at Cadwalader. Before that she was at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, which she joined in 2008 as an associate […]

Gherkin Kirkland

Sachdev nets 10th partner as Paul Weiss gives London hires full equity

Another debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis is understood to have resigned to join Paul Weiss, The Lawyer can reveal. Stefan Arnold-Soulby will become the 10th hire as part of the New York firm’s UK expansion, led by former Kirkland finance partner Neel Sachdev. Arnold-Soulby is known to act for Warburg Pincus and Investindustrial, […]

Kingsley Napley veteran named new DPP

Kingsley Napley’s former senior partner Stephen Parkinson has been announced as the new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Attorney General Victoria Prentis KC has announced that Parkinson will succeed Max Hill KC in the role. Parkinson began his career as a prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the 1980s. He worked a number […]

Jennette Newman

Former Ince boss finds new home

The former managing partner of the Ince Group has relocated to a national firm to oversee its London markets practice. HF Solicitors has hired Jennette Newman as partner and head of London markets. Her new role comes less than a month since she departed Ince’s new owner, Axiom Ince. Newman said in a statement: “I’m […]

Axiom Ince moves: Two teams join RPC and Mezzle

As the fallout from Axiom Ince continues, UK and UAE firm Mezzle has hired a team from the firm in Birmingham and RPC has bagged a quartet of corporate lawyers in London. Former Axiom lawyer Agnes Gay, who is moving to Mezzle, has spent five years at Axiom Ince (or Axiom DWFM as it was). Her practice […]

Sophie Jermine, Allen & Overy

A&O hires new corporate partner from Akin

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has lost one of its financial restructuring partners in London to Allen & Overy. Sophie Jermine joined Akin Gump in 2014 when a mass team joined from collapsing firm Bingham McCutchen. She was a counsel at Bingham, having started her career there in 2006. Her practice focuses on US-based […]

Osborne Clarke sets out plans for Miami launch

Osborne Clarke is laying the groundwork to launch a third US office in Miami, focused primarily on international arbitration. With an eye on trading opportunities with Latin America through Miami, the firm has brought on IT and dispute resolution lawyer Javier Fernandez-Samaniego, who had been running his boutique firm Samaniego Law since its establishment in […]

Latest: The Paul Weiss team in full

After a decade of little-to-no lateral hiring in London, Paul Weiss’ City recruits are close to reaching double figures. Here is the team it has assembled so far. The ringleader is finance powerhouse Neel Sachdev, whose main clients are private equity sponsors such as Bain Capital, HG and Warburg Pincus. A big revenue generator for […]

Paul Weiss makes City M&A hires: Duo to join with Sachdev

Two corporate partners – both formerly of Linklaters – are to join Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison’s London office along with Neel Sachdev’s Kirkland & Ellis team. Linklaters alumnus Roger Johnson is joining along with current Linklaters’ partner Will Aitken Davies. Johnson left Kirkland last month, having joined the US firm in 2016 from […]


KPMG partner exits to re-join former firm

KPMG Law has taken a hit in the City, after one of its partners has left the firm after only a couple of years to re-join his previous firm. Richard Needham has spent two years at KPMG Law, with a practice focused on international business reorganisations. He previously spent 15 years at Baker McKenzie, working […]