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CMS Cameron McKenna partners Peter Crichton and Lindy Patterson QC have exited the firm to join McDermott Will & Emery and 39 Essex Chambers ahead of their firm’s official merger today.
Crichton, who had been at CMS for four years after joining from DLA Piper in 2012, will become a partner in McDermott’s expanding corporate and transactional practice group in London with clients including Lloyds Bank, HSBC and The Royal Bank of Scotland.
McDermott corporate and transactional practice group global head Harris Siskind said: “This appointment marks the continuation of our significant growth in London, and in Europe, and reflects our commitment to expanding our Corporate & Transactional capabilities worldwide.
Meanwhile, construction and energy lawyer Patterson will join 39 Essex Chambers as a door tenant will practise as an arbitrator, adjudicator and dispute board member, focusing on the construction and engineering and energy sectors both in the UK and abroad.
She will continue to be based in Edinburgh but will travel around the UK according to the work she receives.
Patterson was a partner at CMS, where she specialised in construction and energy-related disputes and built up a portfolio of counsel and arbitration work. She is also a former partner of Dundas and Wilson, the Scottish firm that merged with CMS Cameron McKenna in 2014 to create a £277m firm.
A source said: “Patterson’s exit was a natural one in her wanting to become an arbitrator, which could bring conflict with law firms. Lindy wants to be independent.”
Patterson said: “I am excited to be joining 39 Essex Chambers with its outstanding reputation both internationally and within the UK.”
Chief executive and director of clerking David Barnes added: “Lindy comes with a fantastic reputation and her vast experience will be a great asset to our growing domestic and international arbitration offering.”
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