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Lateral Partner Moves in London


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Welcome to our series of round-ups of all the latest lateral partner moves in the London legal market.


It seems partners today have such a penchant for moving firms that it's almost impossible to keep track of all their comings and goings. We hope you find our regular updates a useful overview of which partners have moved (and where to) and which firms have been recruiting at a lateral level.


September/October 2017 round up of lateral partner moves in London


Welcome to the latest round up of lateral partner moves in the legal market from Edwards Gibson where we look back at announced partner-level recruitment activity in London over the past two months and give you a ‘who’s moved where’ update.


There were a total of 77 announced partner hires in September and October – which although a decrease of 11% on the number recorded during the same period last year, was the exact same number we recorded in 2015.


The most acquisitive firms in this edition (each hiring 4 partners a-piece) were Osborne Clarke and newly established sports boutique Northridge Law – whose founding quartet hail from Charles Russell Speechlys.


Next up were BLP, Dechert, and DWF - each of whom have nabbed 3 partners including, in the case of DWF, legal celebrity, and former global Co-Chair of DLA, Sir Nigel Knowles. BLP’s trio of new starters, announced against the backdrop of its advanced merger discussions with Bryan Cave, includes Linklaters financial services regulatory partner Daniel Csefalvay – initially reported to be joining Latham & Watkins back in March.


Of note, in a rare reversal of the seemingly one-way traffic – which has seen a steady flow of big name private equity and private equity funds partners moving to US headquartered firms - Linklaters has manged to snatch Latham & Watkins co-head of investment funds Tom Alabaster.


There were 24 non-partners moving for partnership promotion – accounting for 31% of all moves in this edition and proportionally the highest number we have ever recorded. In view of the economic uncertainties surrounding Brexit and the inherent instability of the UK’s hung parliament, we find this interesting as such promotion hires are traditionally associated with a buoyant, even frothy, market.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss this article or any other aspect of the market in more depth.


Click here to see the lateral partner moves from September - October 2017

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Previous Issues:


Partner Moves July - August 2017

Partner Moves May - June 2017

Partner Moves March - April 2017

Partner Moves January - February 2017



Partner Moves November - December 2016

Partner Moves September - October 2016 

Partner Moves July - August 2016 

Partner Moves May - June 2016

Partner Moves March - April 2016

Partner Moves January - February 2016



Partner Moves November - December 2015

Partner Moves September - October 2015

Partner Moves July - August 2015

Partner Moves May - June 2015

Partner Moves March - April 2015

Partner Moves January - February 2015



Partner Moves November - December 2014

Partner Moves September - October 2014

Partner Moves July - August 2014

Partner Moves May - June 2014

Partner Moves March - April 2014

Partner Moves January - February 2014



Partner Moves November - December 2013

Partner Moves Sep - Oct 2013

Partner Moves July - August 2013

Partner Moves May - June 2013 

Partner Moves March - April 2013

Partner Moves January - February 2013



Partner Moves November - December 2012

Partner Moves September - October 2012

Partner Moves July - August 2012

Partner Moves May - June 2012

Partner Moves March - April 2012

Partner Moves January - February 2012



Partner Moves November - December 2011

Partner Moves September - October 2011

Partner Moves July - August 2011

Partner Moves May - June 2011 

Partner Moves March - April 2011

Partner Moves January - February 2011


For further information, or to discuss current trends in lateral partner recruitment, please speak to one of the Edwards Gibson consultants.




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