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Revolving doors: National recruits for Eversheds and TLT, while Ashurst and DWF bulk up in Europe

In a busy week for both UK-based lateral hires and those further afield in Europe, Eversheds Sutherland has strengthened its education sector group in Leeds, while Ashurst has appointed a new banking partner in Italy.

Eversheds Sutherland has hired from Pinsent Masons with the appointment of employment partner Chris Mordue, who led the firm’s national university employment and industrial relations teams.

Mordue has spent over 19 years in the higher education sector and has comprehensive experience across the full range of employment work for universities. He has particular expertise in working on the reform of dismissal and grievance procedures of chartered universities as well as handling high-profile employment disputes, senior level exits, industrial relations issues and restructures, and the employment aspects of international ventures and mergers.

Meanwhile, national law firm TLT has bolstered its real estate group in Manchester with the appointment of John Hyde. Hyde, who joins in May 2017 from Weightmans has over 25 years’ experience in the commercial property sector acting for a wide range of clients including IKEA (pension fund), JJB, and Total Fitness. He has also acted on significant transactions including the refinancing of the MEN arena and is noted by the Legal 500 as ‘responsive and technically excellent.’

Further afield, Ashurst has appointed partner Mario Lisanti to lead the firm’s banking practice in Milan. He will be joined by two senior lawyers, Alberto Castelli and Domenico Petrone. Lisanti joins from Norton Rose Fulbright and has almost 20 years’ experience of acting for banks, asset managers and investors on a wide range of banking and finance transactions.

Stephen Edlmann, managing partner of Ashurst in Italy, said that the move complemented the firm’s strategy to grow its offering in globally strategic areas and enhances Ashurst’s breadth and depth of practice in Milan.

Finally, DWF has appointed litigation partner Romain Dupeyré to its Paris team following the firm’s recent merger with French firm Heenan Paris. Dupeyré joins from litigation boutique BOPS and specialises in international arbitration and insurance litigation.

Jean-François Mercadier, DWF France managing partner, said: ‘Romain’s appointment is the first step of DWF France’s development post-merger, consolidating the firm’s profile in the African market as one of the leading firms in Paris.’