William Hill shakes up UK panel with Slaughters and Eversheds winning appointments

William Hill has completed a review of its UK legal panel, with Bird & Bird, Ashurst, Pinsent Masons and DLA Piper losing their places on the roster.

Of the previous six-firm line-up, only Linklaters and Addleshaw Goddard have retained their places.

The betting company’s UK panel now comprises five firms, with Slaughter and May, Eversheds Sutherland and Wiggin all added to the line-up following the review.

The appointments come after firms were invited to pitch for places in May. The new panel will remain in place for at least the next three years.

William Hill’s UK legal team is led by director of group legal Michael Leadbeater, who joined the FTSE 250 firm from Eversheds in 2008.

He said: “Each of the firms brings a unique proposition to the William Hill panel, yet [they] have also been selected to be highly complementary to one another in order to meet the developing needs of the group.”

Last year, William Hill was advised by Slaughters as the company rejected a £3.2bn takeover bid from 888 Holdings and Rank Group. Allen & Overy and Norton Rose Fulbright advised 888 Holdings and Rank Group respectively.

Last year, Slaughters also advised alongside a team from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as William Hill considered a £4.5bn merger with Canadian online gambling company Amaya. Ashurst acted for Amaya on the talks, which were later shelved.