Appleby scoops Cayman litigation head from offshore rival Ogier

Appleby has raided rival offshore firm Ogier for its Cayman head of litigation Chris Russell as the firm continues to bulk up its dispute resolution practice.

Ogier has turned to 3 Stone Buildings for Russell’s replacement, picking up Richard de Lacy QC who will begin work on Monday (19 March). De Lacy will be a partner at Ogier.

Russell’s move to Appleby follows the firm’s recruitment of Serle Court’s Peter McMaster QC earlier this year (24 January 2012).

The firm, the biggest in the offshore sector, will have five litigation partners in the Cayman Islands once both McMaster and Russell have started work, including global litigation head Andrew Bolton. McMaster joins Appleby at the start of April and Russell will begin work at the firm in May.

Appleby’s Cayman litigation head Jeremy Walton said he had previously referred instructions to Russell on occasions where the firm was conflicted out of a case.

Russell was Ogier’s sole litigation partner in the jurisdiction, backed up by a team of senior associates.

Nick Rogers, Cayman managing partner at Ogier, said in a statement that the firm was “grateful” to Russell for his seven years’ contribution to the firm.