McDermott law firm hires rival Paul Hastings law firm duo in London


Two lawyers from Paul Hastings have joined their American rival McDermott Will & Emery in London.

McDermott added Jack Thorne and Alison Morris to his dispute resolution practice. Movements follow those of the company to hire from white-collar specialist Simon Airey in 2021, also from Paul Hastings.

Thorne had worked at Paul Hastings as a senior litigation partner since 2017 and joins McDermott as a partner. Meanwhile, Morris had been a partner at Paul Hastings since 2020, having spent five years at Herbert Smith Freehills, according to her LinkedIn profile.

In a statement, McDermott pointed out that Thorne and Morris are currently representing Irish telecommunications company, eir, in a major damages claim against BT.

The company added: “The case is currently being heard on the London High Court competition list and has moved with Jack and Alison to McDermott.”

Paul Hastings has seen a flurry of high profile arrivals and departures in recent weeks, including the hiring of a four-person finance team from Latham & Watkins in July.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, the firm lost the duo of financial partners Richard Kitchen and Amin Doulai of King & Spalding.

Paul Hastings declined to comment for this article.


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