Herbies disputes exits continue with Addleshaws raid

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has been hit with another litigation defection after of counsel Nichola Peters announced that she is leaving the firm for Addleshaw Goddard.

It comes just hours after the firm confirmed the departure of litigation heavyweight Simon Bushell, who will join US firm Latham & Watkins. Bushell currently co-chairs HSF’s London corporate fraud and asset tracing practice and is head of the firm’s crisis management practice (7 Februrary 2013).

Peters, who specialises in corporate crime matters, bribery and corruption, counts insurance giants Willis and BP among her clients. She will join Addleshaws as partner.

Her arrival will fill the gap left by former corporate crime chief Elizabeth Robertson, who left in January last year to join K&L Gates as an equity partner (18 January 2012).

HSF has suffered three high-profile disputes exits in recent months, including financial services regulatory chief Martyn Hopper, who joined rival Linklaters along with partner Nikunj Kiri (3 September 2012).

In 2011 the firm was the subject of a raid by Willkie Farr, which launched a UK anti-bribery practice on the back of the hire of partner Peter Burrell, the US firm’s first English solicitor recruit in London (9 May 2011).

The hire of Peters will be a welcome boost to Addleshaws’ dispute resolution practice, which last made a partner-level hire in November 2011, appointing Clarissa Coleman from the Consensus Business Group (25 November 2011).

Commenting on the appointment Addleshaws litigation head Simon Kamstra said: “Nichola’s a fantastic hire for the business and is very highly regarded by her peer group. Her technical expertise and experience of handling big cases across multiple jurisdictions will strengthen our litigation capability so we can continue to service the biggest and most complex disputes in the sector and offer our clients the very best sector knowledge and insight.”

A statement from Herbert Smith Freehills said: “Nichola has made a significant contribution to the development of our corporate crime and investigations practice. We would like to thank Nichola for her contribution and wish her well for the future.”