Dorsey London snares S&M team

Dorsey & Whitney’s London office has hired a litigation team of three senior associates from Slaughter and May and capital markets partner John Chrisman from Coudert Brothers.

The litigators, Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry, Thomas Ross, and Jamie Curle, will join Dorsey in October. They have particular experience in banking and financial services litigation.

They played key roles in some high-profile cases in recent years, including the Enron-related pre-pay dispute between JP Morgan Chase and West LB, the Marks & Spencer injunction against Freshfields and Riyad Bank v Ahli United Bank.

“The strategy is to broaden our contentious practice to general commercial litigation,” Dorsey’s London managing partner Paul Klaas told The Lawyer.

Dorsey’s London litigation team is renowned for the tax litigation team led by Simon Whitehead but the firm also hired former Taylor Wessing head of disputes Nick Burkill in May to round out its team. When Klaas transferred from the US he brought a significant international arbitration practice.

Chrisman joins Dorsey’s capital markets practice, which includes relatively new recruits such as ex-Norton Rose partner Richard Baumann and ex-Freshfields partner Tom Joyce. Chrisman, who has been working in Coudert’s Sydney office, brings much experience of representing global investment banks and others in India.