Slaughter and May has made a rare hire in town, the company announced today (Nov. 19), recruiting an in-house partner for their disputes and investigative practices.
Gayathri Kamalanathan is currently Head of the Litigation and Enforcement Group at Danske Bank in Copenhagen. He has been with the bank for nearly two years but is expected to join Slaughters in April. Prior to joining Dankse Bank, Kamalanathan spent eight years at Deutsche Bank, where she served as the UK Litigation and Enforcement Director. She was a Senior Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for nine years.
Richard Swallow, Slaughters Dispute and Investigation Group Leader, commented, ‘Gayathri is an absolutely fantastic attitude for us at a time when we are growing our team and securing some significant wins for clients. Her decades of experience in senior internal functions has brought her deep understanding of complex litigation and global regulatory and law enforcement activities. All partners are delighted to welcome Gayathri to our team. ‘
Such recruitment is rare for butchers, especially in the city. However, in 2018 the company took an important stance in its investigative practice and attracted former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Sir David Green QC, as an advisor. The company has also hired partners in its Hong Kong office in recent years.
Steve Cooke, Senior Partner, added, ‘The appointment of Gayathri marks another important point in the continued growth of the controversial side of our practice. It is widely predicted that the global impact of Covid-19 will include a surge in litigation and investigations. The addition of Gayathri to our market-leading team gives us an excellent platform to support clients who turn to us when their business and reputational interests are at stake. ‘
In less encouraging news, the company confirmed yesterday (November 18) that a partner had left the company following an internal investigation into which the Solicitors Regulation Authority had been notified.