A&O installs new disputes chief, GC

The future direction and management of Allen & Overy’s global litigation practice has been transferred to a new global steering group.

The future direction and management of Allen & Overy‘s global litigation practice has been transferred to a new global steering group.

As part of the management reshuffle, Andrew Clark has stepped down as head of the global litigation practice and will take up the new position of general counsel at the magic circle firm, which he said was “a feature of the fact that law firms are becoming very large businesses”.

Tim House, meanwhile, will take over Clark’s old job and will chair the international steering group, which is made up of litigation partners from three other jurisdictions.

He added: “If you simply look at the home base, you’re bound to miss some nuances. To have four of us, one from each of our bases, should give added perspective.”

Apart from House, the litigation steering group comprises litigation partners Joost Everaert from the Belgium office, Michael Feldberg from the US and Angus Ross from the Hong Kong office.

House said the steering group would be in “continual touch” to coordinate the global litigation practice.

Meanwhile, John O’Conor will continue as head of the London litigation practice.