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In an unexpected move Lord Goldsmith QC is joining Debevoise & Plimpton as its new European chair of litigation.
Goldsmith, who will officially take up his post tomorrow (27 September), will be based in London and will be involved in global litigation and arbitration for the US firm.
Goldsmith, who claimed he had been approached by a number of other US and UK firms, said he was looking forward to a fresh challenge.
“I’ve known the firm for a number of years. I don’t see it as a US firm but a global firm which has a very successful litigation and arbitration group,” Goldsmith said.
It was widely anticipated that Goldsmith would rejoin Fountain Court Chambers after stepping down as attorney general earlier this year.
Fountain Court senior clerk, Michael Couling, commented: “Lord Goldsmith has taken up a prestigious post at a major global law firm, a role that befits a lawyer of his sublime calibre. We all wish Lord Goldsmith well and look forward to working with him in the future and to developing our existing links with Debevoise & Plimpton.”