Nabarros ramps up for corporate push

Nabarro Nathanson has embarked on a drive to bolster its corporate department, recruiting three partners for both its London and Sheffield practices.

The recruitment was kick-started by the retirement of Sheffield head of corporate Clive Lightburn, who left the firm at the end of October.

Since then the firm has added Ben Hendry, who joined from Geldards, as a partner in Sheffield.

In London the firm added Ian Binnie, who was a senior corporate partner in McGrigors’ London office. He joined in October, boosting the firm’s practice advising hedge funds with an emphasis on AIM flotations in the energy sector.

The firm also recruited Elliot Shear as a partner from Baker & McKenzie, where he was a senior associate. Shear focuses on M&A and general corporate work.

London corporate head Iain Newman said: “This is all part of our ongoing plan to beef up in corporate. We continue to be very busy with a number of AIM listings and I expect bigger and better things to come.”

The firm recorded a 12 per cent rise year-on-year for the period 1 May to 31 October 2006. Managing partner Simon Johnston told The Lawyer: “We’re very pleased. Everyone’s very busy and we’re looking forward to building on that result in the second half.”

The latest hires follow a three-partner boost to Sheffield in April, when the firm hired from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw and Field Fisher Waterhouse to boost its pensions and employment offerings in the city.