Ashurst Spanish litigation head quits to launch boutique

Ashurst’s Spanish litigation head Daniel Jiménez has left the firm to launch a litigation boutique, teaming up with white-collar crime specialist Margarita Santana from Madrid firm Lex Consulting Abogados.

The duo have founded Santana Lorenzo & Jiménez (SLJ) in a bid to avoid the conflicts of interest found in larger firms.

Daniel Jimenez
Daniel Jimenez

Jiménez joined Ashurst in 2009 to help develop its Spanish litigation team and was made up to the firm’s partnership in 2011 (14 April 2011). He said while he had had “great work and great clients” at the UK firm he felt that he would be able to provide better-quality advice to clients at an independent firm.

“I feel that I can do a better job and I can better defend my clients out of an independent law firm,” Jiménez told The Lawyer. “In a litigation boutique you can take almost any case referred to you.”

He said the model of a litigation boutique was fairly unusual in Spain.

Jiménez is the fourth partner to leave an international firm in recent weeks to set up a boutique.

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin Berlin corporate venture capital partners Frank Vogel and Jan Dirk Heerma are going alone following the firm’s decision to close in the German capital (14 March 2014), while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Cologne arbitrator Christian Borris blamed conflicts for his decision to set up a boutique (14 March 2014).

Meanwhile in Sweden, four Bird & Bird partners have also established their own firm, targeted at emerging companies (18 March 2014).

SLJ Abogados is launching with four other lawyers, including Uría Menéndez senior associate Cristina Serrano.