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Altheimer & Gray is expanding its dispute resolution practice as it takes on a senior litigation partner from Holman Fenwick & Willan
Patricia Martin, who has a high-profile commodities practice, will focus on developing the firm's pan-European dispute resolution practice. Her work covers all aspects of general commercial litigation, with an emphasis on international trade. Martin has been at Holman Fenwick for 12 years but previously worked in-house at Britannia P&I Club. Neil Fleeson, who joined Altheimer from Clyde & Co a year ago, set up the group and recruited partner Marko Kraljevic. The practice now has a number of big-name clients, including Bupa. Martin said she is impressed with Altheimer's Eastern European offices. "A lot of my clients are based in Eastern Europe, so there are a lot of synergies between my practice and Altheimer," she noted. "Currently a lot of litigation work is outsourced from Altheimer, but this will be able to be done in-house." London managing partner Robert Bata commented: "Patricia's appointment moves the business plan forward to make dispute resolution one of the core areas of this office. "Her experience as a commercial director will add considerable clout to her role as Altheimer & Gray's new head of dispute resolution. Under her leadership, our goal of building a Europewide dispute resolution practice will receive a tremendous boost." Martin will be joined by two associates and together the team will double the size of the dispute resolution practice. It is understood that Altheimer is set to expand its European presence and plans to open an office in Paris later in the summer.