KWM global dispute resolution head to leave the firm

King & Wood Mallesons’ global head of dispute resolution Beau Deleuil is leaving the firm, a month after his appointment to the role.

Deleuil, the managing partner for dispute resolution in Australia, is leaving the firm for opportunities elsewhere. The move comes just a month after his appointment to the newly created role of global practice co-ordinator for dispute resolution, when the merger between King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin went live on 1 November (1 November 2013).

Deleuil became a partner of legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques in 2001 in Perth and was previously the Perth managing partner. He relocated to Sydney to become national managing partner for clients and markets as well as dispute resolution in 2011, following Mallesons’ combination with Chinese firm King & Wood.

In a statement, the firm said: “Beau Deleuil is retiring from King & Wood Mallesons and will take a sabbatical before returning to practice. We wish him well for his future and thank him for his contribution to the management of the firm over two years and his previous roles including partner in charge in Perth.”

The firm also confirmed that Sydney-based litigation partner Peter Pether will take over the role as the Australia head of dispute resolution practice, supporting the Australia managing partner for financial services and dispute resolution Berkeley Cox in Brisbane.

The firm is yet to announce a new global practice co-ordinator for dispute resolution.