WBD has appointed Jonny Williams as a partner and head of the firm's national financial services team.
Jonny, who will be based across both WBD's London and Edinburgh offices, joins from Lloyds Banking Group where since 2012, he has held several Leadership roles, and latterly was Head of Legal, Business and Specialist Banking. Leading a team of 21, Jonny also advised on a wide range of product and lending issues including regulatory matters and regularly acted as deputy to the General Counsel for Retail.
He has a strong track record of advising on a broad range of issues in a Commercial and Retail Banking context, including complex restructurings as well as regulatory matters, having gained significant experience on FCA and FOS matters in his role at Lloyds. Jonny has also led on key strategic projects and managed portfolios of complex and reputationally significant cases in the UK and abroad.
Jonathan Blair, UK Managing Partner at WBD, commented:
"We look forward to welcoming Jonny to the firm and the Partnership and are delighted to have somebody of his calibre leading our financial services team. Jonny's track record, his connections within the in-house legal community as well as his intimate knowledge of how banks and other financial institutions think and operate will strengthen our city and national offering and provide great added value to our clients."
Jonny Williams added:
"WBD has strong credentials in the financial institutions sector with an impressive client portfolio. The firm is well positioned in this changing legal marketplace for success in the future and I am delighted to join WBD to lead and shape the further growth of the financial services team both in London, Edinburgh and further afield."
Jonny's appointment follows a wider recruitment drive particularly in WBD's London office which saw five new partners joining the insurance (Tim Barr, Simon Beckwith and Mark Ratcliff), immigration (Andrew Tingley) and banking (Matthew Williams) teams in the past few weeks.
Ranking in the UK's top 20 law firms, WBD was recommended in this year's Legal 500 and Chambers UK, ranking as a top tier law firm across a large number of practice areas, including in financial services.
The firm provides legal expertise across a range of sectors including Financial Institutions, Insurance, Public & Government Services, Energy & Natural Resources, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Retail & Consumer, Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Technology and Private Wealth.