A part-time counsel at New York firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has joined Michael Crystal QC's 3-4 South Square as an associate member.
Isaac Shapiro retired from full-time practice at the firm in April, but will continue to work part time at Skadden while being an important addition to the chambers. The move comes soon after the appointment of Barry Mortimer QC, a non-permanent judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, as an associate member. The set now has six associate members. Senior clerk Paul Cooklin said they can be distinguished from associates, or door tenants, from most other sets because they are active in the life of chambers. He said: "All six of my door tenants are busy around the world in law, so they have their own work to do, and I can bring them into the frame by sending work to them or receiving work from them. We deliberately choose people because they won't just sit on the board and do nothing. They're active, not sleepers." Shapiro, who will be available from 3-4 South Square as an arbitrator and mediator in business and commercial law disputes, has, in addition to New York, practised in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris. He is also qualified as a French avocat.