BLP chief makes integration top priority for new term after 25 partner hires
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) managing partner Neville Eisenberg is set to take up his fifth term at the helm of the top 20 City law firm, with integrating the 25 lateral partner hires the firm has made during the current financial year top of his list of priorities. The haul includes the high-profile recruitment of former Linklaters corporate chief David Barnes earlier this week (27 February), whose hire was announced only days after BLP partners elected Eisenberg to take up his next three-year term on 1 May. Barnes is the latest of a number of ex-magic circle partner hires for BLP in recent years, with some brought in on special deals above the firm’s core modified lockstep. It is understood that Barnes – who joins BLP’s corporate group after retiring from Linklaters last summer following a 36-year career with the City giant, during which he worked with key clients including Sainsbury’s, BT and HSBC – has been recruited within the firm’s normal equity ladder.
Eisenberg puts integration as top priority as BLP hires former Linklaters corporate head
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