Lovells raids Herbies for Moscow litigation hire

Lovells has added litigation capability to its Moscow operation with the hire of a Herbert Smith disputes lawyer from Paris.

Dominic Pellew was a senior associate in Herbert Smith’s Paris-based international arbitration practice, but joins Lovells to head the Russia and CIS dispute resolution practice.

He becomes Lovells’ third partner in the firm’s Moscow office. A Russian speaker, Pellew spent three years in Herbert Smith’s Moscow office between 1999 and 2001.

Pellew said: “I was very keen to get back to Moscow where I know I can put my skills to maximum advantage. Lovells already has significant Russian-related disputes work and a Moscow-based practice will improve the cross-border support the firm offers.”

Lovells’ Moscow managing partner Oxana Balayan said: “[This] is part of the Moscow office strategy to provide a full range of services [and] Dominic’s track record as an English and French qualified dispute resolution partner who is fluent in Russian puts us in a unique position.”

Pellew has advised on disputes in the energy, infrastructure and construction industries. Lovells is currently advising on a multi-billion dollar dispute over ownership of one of Russia’s largest mobile telephone operators.