BLP boosts litigation practice with Clifford Chance hire

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its recent hiring spree, taking on Clifford Chance litigation partner Nicholas Fletcher.

Fletcher, who joins the firm as head of international arbitration following a partner vote last week, is BLP’s sixth significant lateral hire of the year.

Allen & Overy leveraged finance partner Andrew Bamber joined the firm last month (26 June 2009), along with private equity star Raymond McKeeve, who left his position at investment group R20 to head up the firm’s private equity group in March (19 March 2009).

In May, finance partner Richard Hughes arrived from Sidley Austin and two real estate partners joined from Katten Muchin Rosenman earlier in the year.

Fletcher has been at Clifford Chance since 1986 and was made a partner in 1998. Based in the firm’s London office, he specialises in complex commercial disputes, with particular experience in warranty disputes, construction projects and finance litigation.

Clifford Chance has been hit by a raft of departures in its New York litigation team, laying off 20 associates last year and losing three New York-based partners to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in May, including global litigation head Mark Kirsch (10 June 2009).

BLP declined to comment on the hire.