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Revolving doors: 7BR makes team play as DAC Beachcroft hires into London office

Seven Bedford Row (7BR) has hired five new barristers and a new senior clerk to its criminal law team. Elsewhere, DAC Beachcroft has added to its City roster, as Dentons and Holman Fenwick Willan have secured hires on the continent.

Public law barristers Richard Clayton QC and Lee Parkhill have swapped 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square for 7BR, alongside criminal barrister Vincent Coughlin QC. Nick Jack also moves to join the set’s family team after his arrival from Fenners Chambers. Barrister Liam Ryan, previously of Ely Place Chambers, has moved to 7RB’s clinical negligence and personal injury team. 7BR’s criminal law team has also been boosted by the hire of Steven Wright as a clerk from Three Raymond Buildings.

Chief executive of 7BR, Rachel Holmes said: ‘The capabilities of 7BR across practice areas, so many of which encounter public law issues, means that we can now advise clients on all aspects of those matters as well as establishing 7BR as one of the preeminent public law sets.’

Nick Fothergill has joined DAC Beachcroft’s London corporate team from Watson Farley & Williams. Fothergill, who had been a partner at Watson Farley since 2007, has a strong background in M&A.

DAC London corporate head Nick Gibbon said: ‘Our London corporate team is flourishing and continues to grow and Nick’s technical excellence and approach to clients make him a very natural fit for us.’

Ever-expansive Dentons has strengthened its German offering by hiring partners from Clifford Chance (CC) and Baker McKenzie to its Munich office. Arne Klüwer, who joins from CC, will become Dentons’ head of banking and finance in Germany, in addition to assuming a role as head of structured finance in Europe. Mortimer Berlet, who has a broad history in structured finance transactions during his time at CC, will join Dentons as of 1 May in Klüwer’s team.

Completing the newly-formed structured finance and securitisation team is Matthias Eggert and Timo Riester who join from Baker McKenzie. Eggert advised clients such as CRX Markets Vattenfall, Lufthansa and Nestlé on their supply chain finance platforms.

Dentons’ managing partner in Germany, Andreas Ziegenhagen, commented: ‘These high profile legal advisers will help raise our banking and finance practice to a whole new level and substantially strengthen our offering for our clients.’

Also making a European lateral hire is Holman Fenwick, appointing banking and finance partner Richard Jadot to the firm’s Paris office. Jadot, who arrives after heading Hogan Lovells’ banking team in Paris, is renowned for his expertise in the renewable and aviation sectors.

Head of HFW Paris Robert Follie commented: ‘Richard’s skills will perfectly match with our sector-focused firm and will be greatly appreciated by our clients.’