KWM appoints Pollack to global disputes head post

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has named former SJ Berwin litigation head, Craig Pollack, as its global coordinator for dispute resolution.

The move follows the departure of legacy Mallesons Stephen Jacques partner Beau Deleuil who quit the firm having held the newly-created position for just a month (4 December 2013).

In addition to his new role, Pollack will continue to lead the recently-merged firm’s European and Middle Eastern dispute resolution group from London. He will also remain an alternate on the firm’s international management committee – the overall governing body of King & Wood Mallesons (1 November 2013).

Partner Alex Leitch, who specializes in corporate and media-related litigation, has stepped into Pollack’s shoes as the firm’s new London litigation head.

KWMSJB managing partner Rob Day said in a statement: “Litigation and arbitration are important parts of our business and Alex brings a wealth of experience to the role. Together with Craig, I am confident Alex will continue to deliver outstanding results for our clients as we see the contentious side of our business grow.”

Pollack will become one of the firm’s nine global practice coordinators, who form its business development committee. Reporting to the international management committee, the group was established to aid communication, coordination and the integration of firm strategy across practice groups.

In addition to Pollack’s appointment, Sydney-based partner Tim Bednall has become deputy global co-ordinator of the firm’s corporate, M&A and securities group to assist global head Rupert Li.

The nine global co-ordinators on the business development committee are:

Antitrust & regulatory- Simon Holmes

Banking & finance- Yuen-Yee Cho

Corporate, M&A and securities- Rupert Li (with Tim Bednall as deputy co-ordinator)

Dispute resolution/ litigation- Craig Pollack

Projects (Energy & Resources)- Handel Lee

Funds/ private equity- Jonathan Blake

Intellectual property- Zhu Nongfan

Real estate- Bryan Pickup

Tax- Justin Cherrington