More than 50 U.K. lawyers at Lehman Brothers are searching for work in the wake of the bank's shock bankruptcy filing at the weekend.
Specialist in-house recruiters are now working in and around the bank's London offices amid widespread expectations that Lehman's 5,000
Recruiters working with Lehman lawyers said that there had been no formal notice of redundancy for the group's
As news was being digested of the bankruptcy of the 158-year-old investment bank, serious doubts have been raised at whether many
As revealed yesterday by legalweek.com, Linklaters, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance are among the firms to take roles on the
Despite the gloomy reality for Lehman lawyers hunting for jobs in a depressed market for banking lawyers, it looks likely that many law firms will be interested in recruiting experienced legal staff from the bank.
Notably, a stream of firms, including Simmons & Simmons, K&L Gates, Brown Rudnick and Bingham McCutchen have this year recruited senior lawyers from Bear Stearns since the investment bank's fire-sale to JPMorgan earlier this year.
Senior Lehman lawyers based in
Ricky Mui, legal director and banking specialist with recruitment firm Robert Walters, told Legal Week: "Competition for this pool of talent will undoubtedly be high across the financial services and commercial sectors.
"In direct response to the volatility of the financial sector, many banking lawyers are actively looking at career options outside the financial services sector, with many heading back to private practice or considering careers overseas in areas such the
Sophie Spencer, legal consultant at Barclays Simpson, commented: "At this stage, it is hard to say what effect this will have on the market, but in tighter market conditions, it will be difficult for everyone to find a new job quickly in
"Several candidates affected by this are also considering making a move abroad to work. We are currently experiencing demand for qualified banking lawyers in locations such as
Meanwhile, as legal advisers scramble to react to the dramatic events in the banking world in recent days, it has emerged that Clifford Chance has retained a role to advise Barclays on its interest in purchasing assets from Lehman.
Clifford Chance, which had been advising Barclays on an abandoned bid to acquire the whole bank, is understood to be fielding a team under current global corporate chief Peter Charlton and corporate partners Guy Norman and Patrick Sarch.
Lehman panel firms will also be digesting the news of its bankruptcy. European panels firms include Simmons & Simmons, Linklaters, Allen & Overy, Freshfields, Ashurst, Lovells and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
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