Hunton & Williams downsizes in London after mass departures

July 18, 2011 The London office of Hunton & Williams has downsized in response to a torrent of departures. The office has lost 60 per cent of its headcount in less than three months, dropping from 36 lawyers to just 14.

The firm has axed nine staff positions - one of counsel, two associates and six support staff – and the remaining seven partners will now maintain a strategic focus on data protection and finance work.

Former Hunton London managing partner Martin Thomas joined Chadbourne & Parke along with fellow corporate partner Dearbhla Quigley, and the pair were soon followed by of counsel Danny Heathwood. Energy partners Matthew Williams and John Deacon left with a team of six associates for Hogan Lovells, while corporate partner Paul Tetlow and senior associate James Green moved to K&L Gates along with two associates.

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