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Denton Wilde Sapte has snapped up the latest in a string of DJ Freeman defectors, appointing partner James Pilgrim-Morris to its insurance team
Pilgrim-Morris is an insurance litigator, with particular expertise in Lloyd's work, reinsurance and product liability disputes. His departure will be a serious blow to DJ Freeman, which has seen a dramatic drop in partner numbers over the past couple of years. Recent defections include media partner Antoinette Jucker to Masons and litigator Marina Palombo to the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising. The firm also lost five property partners last year, but recently hired former Maxwell Batley senior partner Michael Cassidy. At Dentons, Pilgrim-Morris will strengthen the firm's growing insurance and reinsurance practice area. Pre-merger, Denton Hall did little work in the area, but Wilde Sapte brought significant capability under the guidance of insurance heavyweight Adrian Mecz. Mecz is well known for his work in contingency risk disputes, most notably as coverage counsel for one of the major participants in the London market film finance litigation. The firm's client base includes AIG, Terra Nova, Gerling Global Reinsurance and Ace Global Markets. Mecz said: "James's appointment will obviously enhance our practice, particularly on the reinsurance side, in both contentious and non-contentious work." A start date for Pilgrim-Morris has not yet been finalised.