DLA Piper has hired partner Richard Harbot from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, as the London lateral market shows no sign of slowing down.
Harbot has been a partner at BCLP since 2011 in its tax advice and controversy team. According to BCLP’s website, his clients include AIG, Risk Point, Aviva, Euclid and Pembroke.
The London lateral hire market has continued its frenetic pace in the first few months of 2022, with a number of high-profile moves. Allen & Overy added Sidley Austin’s global antitrust co-head Kristina Nordlander, while earlier in March Linklaters picked up a three-lawyer team from Vinson & Elkins.
DLA international tax group head Jacques Wantz said in a statement on Wednesday: “Richard’s appointment is part of our ongoing strategy to build the international tax practice but in particular to take advantage of the many and growing opportunities that are available to us through our significant UK presence in the real estate sector.
“Richard’s joining follows the appointment of London based Jason Collins as head of international tax disputes, who joined us back in the summer from Pinsent Masons. Both appointments reflect our ambitious plans to grow our tax practice in the UK and will ensure that we continue to provide the highest quality advice to our clients globally.”
In its annual predictions for 2022, recruitment firm Fox Rodney predicted firms will continue hiring across a range of practices and an increase in team hires.
Fellow recruiter Edwards Gibson, meanwhile, warned that firms would face ”strong headwinds” in the months ahead, due to a number of factors, including the uncertainty resulting from the war in Ukraine.
BCLP declined to comment on Harbot’s departure.
Earlier this year, DLA Piper global insurance sector co-head Melanie James and insurance partner Tim Baumgartner left to join Willkie Farr in January.
The firm recently elected its new senior partner, with London corporate partner Jon Hayes securing the top role.