Latham & Watkins’ London office has scored a coup with the hire of Herbert Smith’s head of public international law Robert Volterra.
Volterra is regarded as one of the UK market leaders in his field. He was responsible for spearheading Herbert Smith’s practice, which was widely recognised as pre-eminent in the UK.
The prestige hire marks the US firm’s debut into public international law in the UK.
Latham’s London head David Miles said the appointment underlined the firm’s ongoing push into international dispute resolution in London and Europe. The US firm hopes to exploit synergies between Volterra’s public international law expertise and other practice areas, such as project finance and energy.
Volterra’s hire marks the second time this year that Latham has raided UK firms to build its dispute resolution practice.
Last month the firm swooped on former Richards Butler litigation star John Hull to head the new practice.
Miles said: “Robert is a formidable practitioner. His practice is an exciting addition to the international dispute resolution platform we’re building in London and in Europe.”