Harneys brings litigator into London office

Offshore firm Harneys has relocated litigator Philip Kite to London to launch a British Virgin Islands (BVI) dispute resolution practice in the City.

The firm has become the second offshore firm to start a contentious practice in the City, following Forbes Hare’s hire of Dentons senior associate Alistair Abbott earlier this year (30 April 2013).

Kite has most recently been working on the sizeable litigation brought by the liquidators of the Fairfield fund in the BVI, a case connected with the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

The move follows recent growth in Harneys’ Hong Kong litigation practice, with litigator Ian Mann made up to the partnership in 2011.

Kite said: “This is the next phase in the expansion of Harneys’ global litigation practice. It enables us to provide the highest level of timely service to clients based in London and across Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa. It is also a reflection of the growing demand for sophisticated BVI legal services around the world.”

The London litigation team will offer a broad range of dispute resolution services.

Andrew Thorp has taken over from Kite as head of Harneys’ BVI litigation practice.

Meanwhile Walkers recently announced that BVI-qualified partner Jack Boldarin had taken over as head of the firm’s London office, while partner David Collins has relocated to London from Singapore to strengthen the firm’s offering in the City.

Corporate lawyer Jasmine Amaria was recently made up to partner in Walkers’ London office.

Appleby has also made management changes, appointing Michael Cushing as office managing partner for its Jersey office. Cushing replaces David Benest, who has left the firm to set up a niche litigation practice in Jersey.