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Paul Hastings Continues Expansion Of International Employment Practice With Addition Of Christopher Walter To London Office

October 04, 2005

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP (Paul Hastings), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce today that Christopher Walter, previously at Covington & Burling, has joined its London office as of counsel and chair of the firm’s employment law practice in Europe.

"Continuing to add practice leaders to our vibrant international employment, benefits and immigration law practice is a top priority for our department," said Nancy Abell, Employment Law Department Chair at Paul Hastings. "The addition of Chris coupled with the recent arrival of Ray Wann to the London office broadens our ability to serve clients in Europe as well as Asia and the U.S."

"Over the past year, we have nearly doubled the size of our London office, adding lawyers from firms in strategic and compatible practice areas," said Mark Eagan, Chair of Paul Hastings London office.  "The London office is a key component of our European growth strategy.  We will continue to recruit top talent that adds additional depth to our core competencies allowing us to offer a full range of legal services to our clients in London, Milan, Paris and Brussels."

Chris has over ten years of experience in leading City employment practices. He has significant experience with both UK and EU collective issues and particularly European Works Councils, in relation to which he has acted as expert adviser for both employers and employee representatives. In his position, Chris will advise Paul Hastings clients on day to day matters of HR policy, practice and strategy in the UK and Europe.  He also will handle employment litigation and commercial HR issues, including the employment and employee benefits implications of business/share acquisitions, re-organizations, down-sizing operations and outsourcing, and data privacy issues in the workplace.

Paul Hastings Employment Law Department.  Paul Hastings has one of the largest and most accomplished employment practices in the United States and abroad.  It was named Labor and Employment Litigation Department of the Year in 2004 by The American Lawyer.  Chambers USA 2004 described the Department as “Phenomenal; clear leaders in a league of their own.”  Many of the Department’s partners have been elected to membership in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and/or American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and are listed in The Best Lawyers in America.  Paul Hastings attorneys are frequently called upon by many of the nation’s leading attorneys and law firms to represent them in their employment law matters.

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, founded in 1951, is an international law firm, representing Fortune 500 companies with more than 1,000 attorneys located in 17 offices: Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Paris, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Stamford, Tokyo and Washington, DC.

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