Boies Schiller hires WilmerHale’s Miles as new London-based arbitration group head

US litigation boutique Boies Schiller & Flexner, which launched a London office earlier this year, has hired international arbitration lawyer Wendy Miles from WilmerHale.

Miles, who is well known as an international dispute resolution and public international lawyer, will head Boies Schiller’s global arbitration team.

Her arrival follows that of former Bingham partner Natasha Harrison, who left that firm last year to head Boies Schiller’s first non-US office (7 October 2013).

“We’ve been incredibly patient looking for the right person,” Harrison said. “I think it’s a reflection of Wendy’s quality and also says a lot about the firm’s attitude to London.”

Boies Schiller managing partner Jonathan Schiller described Miles as “an exceptional lawyer”.

“She is the second outstanding English law partner to join our new office in London, following the hiring of Natasha Harrison as London managing partner last year,” added Schiller. “This expansion enables us to continue to address our clients’ most critical issues around the world, particularly in international arbitration and financial services litigation, where demands are increasing each year.”

Miles joins Boies Schiller after 15 years at WilmerHale in London. During that time she has been involved in hundreds of international arbitration proceedings administered by the ICC, LCIA, IDRC, ICSID and the PCA.

She is a member of the ICC’s Court of Arbitration and deputy chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Board of Trustees.

Her recent work includes acting as lead co-counsel for South Sudan in a major boundary proceeding known as the Abyei Arbitration, conducted at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. South Sudan prevailed on most of its claims.