Fides Weekly Update – 4th October 2019

Hello and welcome to the Fides Weekly Update. Take a look at this week’s key trends, moves and developments in the UK legal sector.

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This week:


1). Movers & Shakers 


Panel Watch

Santander Refreshes UK Legal Roster

Pinsent Masons and DWF Among Line Up On £60m Legal Services Panel



CMS Consultant Joins Pensions Company as GC

TLT Replaces Longstanding Managing Partner



Addleshaws beefs up City restructuring with Dechert hire

Addleshaw Goddard has hired a restructuring partner Paul Fleming from Dechert, its first London lateral recruit in months

Paul Hastings Takes Second Paris Partner from Dechert

Corporate lawyer Charles Cardon’s jump follows that of tax specialist Bruno Leroy in May

Taylor Wessing replenishes Cambridge office after Goodwin raid

Taylor Wessing has reacted to the loss of a life sciences and technology partner duo taken away by Goodwin Procter from its Cambridge office with a new partner hire Adrian Toutoungi from Eversheds Sutherland.

Hogan Lovells Global Private Equity Head Quits for US Firm

Hogan Lovells global head of private equity Tom Whelan has resigned from the firm and is set to join McDermott Will & Emery

Heavyweight London Ashurst Corporate Partner Quits

Longstanding corporate partner Nick Bryans is set to join Baker McKenzie. Bryans has been at Ashurst since 1994, and was managing partner of the firm’s Middle East operations from 2007-9

TLT Expands Financial Services Offering With Two New Partner Hires

TLT has hired two lawyers to its London office, including King & Spalding partner Angela Hayes and legal director at Addleshaw Goddard Robin Penfold

Heavyweight K&L Gates Paris Quartet Decamps For Winston & Strawn

Four heavyweight partners have left K&L Gates’ Paris office to join U.S. rival Winston & Strawn. The quartet consists of M&A and private equity partner Nicola Di Giovanni, head of French tax Bertrand Dussert, M&A partner Jean-Patrice Labautiere and head of Paris finance Mounir Letayf

Orrick Recruits Paris Jones Day Veteran as Arbitration Leader

Partner Michael Buhler has joined Orrick as its international arbitration practice co-leader, while counsel Nicole Dolenz has joined the U.S. firm as a partner

Dentons Hires Partner in Bucharest from Allen & Overy

Dentons has continued its hiring spree in Europe, recruiting Loredana Chitu from Allen & Overy as a partner in its office in Bucharest, Romania

Reed Smith Partner Advising on Thomas Cook Repatriation Quits for US Rival

Reed Smith London restructuring partner Charlotte Moller, who is currently acting on the standout mandate of the collapse of Thomas Cook, has quit the firm to join U.S. rival Brown Rudnick

King & Spalding Bulks Out in Brussels With Latest Hire

King & Spalding has hired Mayer Brown life sciences partner Geneviève Michaux to join the firm’s Brussels office

Gibson Dunn Expands In London with Latest Macfarlanes Exit

Macfarlanes financial regulation partner Michelle Kirschner has left the firm to join U.S. firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s London office

EY swipes Squires partner for growing legal arm

Corporate M&A partner Claire Scott-Priestley joins EY in November as its fifth equity partner in London


Office Openings & Closings

Clyde & Co’s US Breakaway Group Launches 35-Strong Firm across Three Offices

Goodwin Procter Launches in Luxembourg


Partner Promotions

Kirkland Makes Up 16 in London in Bumper Promotions Round

Goodwin Promotes London Trio to Partner in Expanded Round



Hogan Lovells International LLP sees Profits and Revenues Rise

Dechert Smashes £100M UK Revenue Mark but Profits Drop


Inclusion and Diversity

Senior Silicon Valley DLA Piper Partner Accused of Sexual Assault in Open Letter


Technology and Innovation

BCLP Becomes 18th Top 50 Firm to be used in Email Scam This Year

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