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Herbert Smith's international arbitration practice is to be headed by a duo of partners after incumbent Laurence Shore takes up a partnership role in Gibson Dunn & Crutcher's New York office.
Shore, who leaves Herbert Smith's London office at the end of March, has been with the firm since 1995, having previously worked at the US State Department and Washington DC law firm Williams & Connolly.
His replacements, who will share the title global co-head of international arbitration, are Paula Hodges and Charles Kaplan, who are based in London and Paris respectively.
Sonya Leydecker, head of the global litigation and arbitration division at the firm, said: "Given the importance of the London-Paris axis to our arbitration reputation, it is appropriate that [Shore] is now passing the leadership baton on to Paula and Charles, two partners whose management experience, leadership skills and market recognition bode well for the future growth and success of the practice."
Hodges made partner at Herbert Smith in 1996 and, since specialising in international arbitration, counts The Coca Cola Company and the United States of America as clients.
Kaplan has conducted arbitrations concerning telecoms joint ventures, bank privatisations, long-term industrial development and supply agreements and oil production sharing agreements, having joined the firm in 1996 as a partner.
At Gibson Dunn managing partner Ken Doran said Shore's appointment forms part of a drive to expand the international arbitration practice, something that has been a strategic priority for the firm over the past year.
Robert Serio, co-managing partner of the firm's New York office, added: "Larry's 18-plus years of experience in the US and UK will be an asset to our team. His dual-qualified background fits the firm's plan to create a core group of international arbitration lawyers along a London-New York axis. This will position the firm to be able to handle major arbitrations, which increasingly look to the UK and US as arbitral seats."