Lawyer Monthly - June 2022

LAWYER MOVES Law firm Boies Schiller Flexner is losing three of its New-York-based partners, according to an internal 23 May memo. This will include a practice group leader as well as the firm’s cogeneral counsel. The firm has experienced a significant leadership shakeup in recent years as well as numerous lawyer departures to rival firms. In an internal memo viewed by Reuters, Boies Schiller’s managing partners said Ilana Miller, the firm’s co-general counsel, will be “taking some time off from the practice of law” and will leave the firm. Boies Schiller said that Amy Neuhardt will serve as deputy general counsel, working with Eric Brenner, the firm’s general counsel. Since 2020, Boies Schiller has experienced numerous departures, with attorneys citing concerns over the firm’s culture, transparency, and overall health, as primary reasons for leaving. In 2021, ex-deputy chair at Boies Schiller, Natasha Harrison, departed from the firm to establish her own, taking with her several members of the Boies Schiller team. Three Partners Exit Boies Schiller’s New York Branch Addleshaw Goddard has added two new partners from renowned firms to its global transport practice: Rachel Scott and Simon Gwynne, from Womble Bond Dickinson and Norton Rose Fulbright respectively. Scott is a highly experienced contracting specialist in rail and central government, with a history of advising on rail infrastructure projects in addition to operating contracts and regulated contracts for various large infrastructure clients. Gwynne’s practice is focused on international and domestic asset finances, with especial emphasis on rail, shipping, aircraft and other industrial sectors. Among his previous clients are various lenders, lessors and operators within the aforementioned sectors, in addition to the Department for Transport, with which he has acted extensively. He is also recognised by the Legal 500 Hall of Fame. Their hire boosts Addleshaw Goddard’s rail team, which has represented global clients including the UK Department for Transport, SMBC, Transport for London, Network Rail and Hitachi Rail Europe. The firmhas recently undergone an expansion, with the launch of a new office in Dublin in addition to a record number of senior promotions. 20 lawyers joined its partnership, taking its global total to more than 340 people as of 1 May. Most notably, the firm has appointed 15 new finance partners since April 2020. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s appointment of a batch of 27 new partners, initially announced n April, has taken effect as of May. All of the firm’s market-leading practices have seen new partner appointments, bringing new diversity and experience to its global partnership. The practices seeing partner appointments include antitrust, competition and trade; people and reward; dispute resolution; tax and global transactions. “We are absolutely delighted to welcome such a talented and diverse group of colleagues to our global partnership,” said Georgia Dawson, senior partner at Freshfields. “We are excited about what they will bring to Freshfields and our clients, and the contribution they will make to the long-term success of the firm and the communities in which we live and work.” 41% of the new partners are female, bringing Freshfields closer to meeting its gender diversity targets for new partnership appointments. The firm also reports that 30% of its new UK and US partners identify as part of an under-represented group, exceeding their respective 15% and 20% racial/ethnic diversity partner targets for both countries. Freshfields now boasts a team of more than 2,800 lawyers and other legal professionals from its 28 global offices. Double Partner Hire Bolsters Addleshaw Goddard’s Transport Practice Freshfields Takes On 27 New Partners 10 WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM | JUN 2022

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