MIRIAM Gonzalez, the lawyer wife of deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is jumping ship from DLA Piper to join the London office of US law firm Dechert, where she will head up the firm’s EU trade and EU government affairs practice.
Gonzalez, who worked at the EU for seven years before joining DLA Piper in 2006, is an expert in EU and international trade policy, and is currently DLA’s head of trade and government relations.
She is the third senior DLA Piper partner to defect to Dechert in recent months, following litigation head Neil Gerrard and Europe and Middle East corporate crime head Jonathan Pickworth.
“Dechert provides an excellent platform on which to build further my practice,” Gonzalez said yesterday. “I am extremely impressed with the team there and the resources available at the firm.”