Corporations have doubled their recruiting efforts in the New Year as companies like Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP), K&L Gates, Mishcon de Reya, Morrison & Foerster, and Keystone Law have been hired.
Shakespeare Martineau, Burges Salmon, Lewis Silkin, McDermott Will & Emery, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Squire Patton Boggs have also been in the recruiting market last week.
Publicly traded law firm Keystone Law has significantly expanded its bank by hiring 11 senior lawyers, including seven side partners, from a variety of law firms. Nick Robertson and Clive Howard have partnered with Mayer Brown and Slater and Gordon, respectively, to expand the employment practice, while technology partner Daniel Tozer joins Harbottle & Lewis.
Paula Abrahamian, commercial real estate partner, has been hired by Fletcher Day, Mark Douglas is joining Hierons as corporate and business partner, Stephanie Thomas is joining by Bishop & Sewell as a dispute settlement partner, and Hannah Cornish is joining Slater and Gordon, where she was a national Head of the family team.
Elsewhere, BCLP hired Shy Jackson, a partner for building conflicts from Pinsent Masons in London. Nathan Willmott, BCLP’s leader in litigation and investigations in Europe, said: “His reputation and expertise allow us to develop existing and new customer relationships and develop our business in this area.”
Ever-Mobile Mishcon has significantly strengthened its litigation practice, hiring Ben Lasserson, the former litigation director for Pinsent Masons. Lasserson, who previously headed the London office of antitrust specialist Strange & Butler, will join a four-partner Mishcon competition team.
Morrison & Foerster has continued to grow its real estate practice in London with the hiring of Jones Day’s partner Ed Borrini, while Gibson Dunn has strengthened its real estate finance team with the appointment of Herbert Smith Freehills’ partner Robert Carr.
Burges Salmon has since made a lucrative in-house hiring and has named Martin Cook, former General Counsel and Company Secretary for Payments at WorldRemit, to lead the company’s fintech. Cook, who also held internal roles at Funding Circle, Wonga Group and Royal Mail, said: ‘I am delighted to join Burges Salmon’s highly respected fund and financial regulatory team. With a focus on building the firm’s fintech practice, I look forward to working with Burges Salmon’s numerous experienced lawyers. ‘
Elsewhere, Midlands Shakespeare Martineau has opened a new office in Lincoln with two side partner settings from local Wilkin Chapman. Litigation partner Jonathan Stork will join on February 1, while corporate and retail partner Michael Squirrell has already moved as Shakespeare Martineau aims to fulfill its growth mission of doubling the size by 2023.
Lewis Silkin was also busy strengthening his UK practice, engaging Geraint Tilsley and Antony Craggs as intellectual property and business partners, respectively. While Craggs powers Lewis Silkin’s controversial IP division in London, Tilsley will oversee the expansion of Cardiff’s corporate offering.
Giles Crown, joint managing partner of Lewis Silkin, said: ‘2020 has been undoubtedly a challenging year, but we remain robust and confident about the future. As a company, we are determined to keep attracting new talent in order to offer our customers the best possible service in the industries and markets we have selected. ‘
At the international level, McDermott has strengthened its international cartel team by appointing Hendrik Viaene as a partner for its Brussels office. Viaene comes from the legal department of the accounting firm Deloitte, where he headed the global competence center for competition and regulatory law. His experience spans over 18 years at the leading Benelux law firm Stibbe, where he specialized in European and Belgian antitrust law, including litigation.
In Paris, K&L Gates stepped up its controversial practice by hiring Barthélemy cousin of Stephenson Harwood. Cousin, who led Stephenson Harwood’s dispute resolution practice in the area, focuses on international trade disputes in the insurance, banking, transportation and energy sectors.
The hiring of Cousin is the latest in a series of additions to the company as K&L Gates added more than 30 new partners and consultants in 2020 across a wide range of controversial and non-controversial roles.
Finally, with the appointment of Rüdiger Herrmann as a partner, Squire Patton Boggs has expanded his life science expertise in Frankfurt. Herrmann is accompanied by director Jochen Eimer, both of whom come from McDermott.