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Refreshing the ranks: Magic Circle firms freshen up practice area leadership

Slaughter and May is changing heads in three practice areas: dispute resolution, outsourcing, technology, intellectual property (IP) and sport, and pensions and employment, as Linklaters has also promoted a new real estate leader.

Slaughters’ pensions practice, which recently announced the firm’s first lateral hire in London in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Dan Schaffer, will be now led by Charles Cameron. He takes over from Jonathan Fenn who led the practice through mandates such as advising Royal Dutch Shell on employment, pensions and share plan aspects of its £47bn combination with BG Group and ARM Holdings on its share plan aspects of its acquisition by Softbank.

IP partner David Ives also replaces Cathy Connolly as head of the firm’s IP and technology practice. Connolly held the job for the last three years and her practice includes the protection and exploitation of patents, trademarks, copyright and know-how.

Ives joined Slaughters in 1999 and was made partner in 2009. His key clients include Carillion, Marks and Spencer and Direct Line.

Additionally, dispute resolution partner Sarah Lee took over as head of disputes resolution from Deborah Finkler who served a four-year term. Lee joined Slaughters in 1993, made partner in 1999 and her key mandates include defending Cable & Wireless against Caribbean competitor Digicel, and successfully defending Ford Europe against a claim relating to returning over £76m of corporation tax. All are appointed for a three year term, as of 1 May.

Additionally, Linklaters has appointed Andy Bruce as its new global head of real estate to succeed Yves Moreau. Moreau led the practice since 2011, as Bruce led the UK real estate practice since 2012 and has been at Linklaters for 25 years.

Bruce has experience across the acquisition, financing, development, letting and disposal of all types of commercial real estate both in the UK and Continental Europe and led on major real estate deals for Abu Dhabi Financial Group, CBRE Global Investors and Lendlease.

Bruce’s appointment is immediate, and for a four year term.