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‘An ideal fit’: Osborne Clarke hires Addleshaws’ employee incentives group head Michael Carter

Following its double partner hire from Irwin Mitchell last month, Osborne Clarke (OC) has recruited the head of Addleshaw Goddard‘s employee incentives group Michael Carter, who leaves the firm after eight years.

Carter, who will join OC’s incentives team and wider tax practice, has over 20 years’ experience in helping listed, private and global companies on all aspects of employment remuneration and employment taxes with a particular focus on the design, drafting and implementation of share and cash incentive plans for both executives and all employees. Previous to his stint at Addleshaws, Carter was a partner and head of the executive compensation practice at KPMG.

Paul Matthews, head of OC’s advisory practice said: ‘Michael is a highly experienced practitioner in his field, recognised by peers and clients alike. His proven track record in technical expertise and client service makes him an ideal fit for Osborne Clarke, both strategically and culturally.’

Last month OC bolstered its ranks with the double corporate hire of Edward Persse and Paul Smith from Irwin Mitchell. Persse was a partner at Irwin Mitchell for the last ten years, where he managed the corporate department in the London office and also headed up the firm’s international strategy group and in-house programme. He has experience in domestic and international private capital, M&A and joint venture transactions and was also previously at Baker & McKenzie.

Smith focuses on domestic and cross-border M&A, investment, joint venture and corporate advisory transactions, acting regularly for SMEs, venture capitalists, investment companies and funds.

Prior to this, OC boosted its London real estate team by adding two partners, Jo Footitt and Louise Cartwright, also from Irwin Mitchell.

Footitt, who was also previously a partner at legacy firm SJ Berwin, has experience acting for developers, lenders, investors and land owners. Cartwright, who trained at SJ Berwin before joining Irwin Mitchell in 2010, making partner in 2014, specialises in the industrial and retail sectors.