EY hires Addleshaw Goddard competition head

EY has made another hire from Addleshaw Goddard, adding competition head Phil McDonnell.

McDonnell, who left Addleshaws in February, has joined EY as an executive director and head of competition law for UK and Ireland.

He was a partner at Addleshaws for 13 years and was previously a partner at Garretts, the legal arm of now defunct accountant Andersen, between 1995 and 2002.

He was replaced as head of competition by London partner Bruce Kilpatrick.

Philip Goodstone, EY’s UK and Ireland head of law, said: “As we continue to grow the practice we remain focused on finding the best talent. I’m confident that Phil’s wealth of experience and outstanding reputation will be a real asset.”

Goodstone himself joined EY in September 2014 from Addleshaws, where he was the firm’s head of corporate.

He was followed to EY by former Addleshaws managing partner Paul Devitt and senior partner Richard Thomas, who were hired by EY in May 2015 but only joined the big four accountant on 1 June this year after their 12 months’ gardening leave ended.

EY also hired BLP partner Matthew Kellett in 2014 to lead the financial services arm of its legal division.

Other major hires for the accountancy firm include BLP legal risk boss Matthew Whalley, who joined EY as a director in December 2015 to launch a financial risk division; and Richard Goold, who joined from Gowling WLG as a partner and global head of technology law for EY in February.

A spokesperson for Addleshaw Goddard said that McDonnell “goes with our best wishes”.