KPMG’s legal arm poaches City lawyers

Gareth Davies comes to the firm as corporate law partner leaving behind Simmons and Simmons where he advised Railtrack on the rescue of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

Arun Singh, a partner at Masons, joins Klegal as head of the firm’s commercial law group. He received an OBE last year and sits on the DTI’s markets group.

Ian Barlow, head of tax and legal services at KPMG, said: ‘These are precisely the sort of high-calibre appointments we were envisaging when KLegal was born last year.’

KLegal was founded in July 1999, but the subject of accountancy firms running law firms remains controversial.

Opponents argue that restrictions are necessary to preserve a lawyer’s independent judgement and protect client rights of confidentiality and loyalty.However, KLegal, now with 35 practicing lawyers, seems on safe ground after the law society recently voted in favour of allowing, in principle multi-disciplinary practices.

Stepping over the legal boundary

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