Partner team moves are the holy grail of legal recruitment - law firms eulogise them because, unlike individual lateral hires, fully integrated groups of mutually supportive partners cross-selling to longstanding clients dramatically increases the chances of successful client transfer and, unlike full blown mergers, they come with minimal client conflict and team integration issues. Teams themselves favour them for the same reasons, but also because of the psychological re-assurance that goes with moving with close, and often long standing, colleagues.
Despite their clear utility, outside of full law firm mergers and insolvent collapses, the complexities of large team moves - where five or more partners move together - make them very rare. Edwards Gibson is one of the few UK legal recruiters to regularly advise on large team moves and our track record is second to none; in the years between 2015-2020, of the twelve large team moves in the London legal market, Edwards Gibson is proud to have brokered a quarter.
Recent large team moves by Edwards Gibson:
- Six-Partner Team [Corporate/ Private Equity/ Funds/ Real Estate/ Tax] from UK Law Firm (Silver Circle) to US Law Firm (East Coast)
- Five-Partner Team [Corporate Real Estate/ Real Estate/ Real Estate Finance] from UK Law Firm (Top 25) to Global Law Firm
- Five-Partner Team [Structured Finance/ DCM/ Real Estate Finance/ Tax] from US Firm (East Coast) to US Firm (East Coast)
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