White & Case’s quick turnaround

It was good while it lasted, anyway.

For all of 14 months, Mayer Brown had its very own magic circle dream team in its finance department. Until it was hit with today’s defections of Jacqueline Evans and Lee Cullinane to White & Case (see story).

It seems like only yesterday that Evans and Cullinane left A&O and Clifford Chance respectively, in the wake of those wonderfully euphemistic partnership restructures that were all the rage for the fashionable law firm-about-town in 2009.

Cullinane arrived in the safe haven offered by the US firm in July of that year, with Evans following on three months later.

But with gratitude obviously in short supply these days, it didn’t take long for the pair’s heads to be turned by those flashy folk across the City.

Still, it’s a nice end to what has been a pretty miserable year for White & Case’s London finance department, which was hit with such a mass exodus early this year that, rumour has it, an impromptu badminton court was set up in the cavernous spaces.

If there’s one downside to this swoop it’s that the nets might have to be taken down to make room. Shame.