Freshfields arbitration associate joins Doughty Street

A former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate with strong links to the Three Crowns arbitration boutique founded by a team of ex-partners has joined Doughty Street.

Human rights lawyer Mark Wassouf worked with former London arbitration head Constantine Partasides QC and Georgios Petrochilos and is currently co-counselling with Petrochilos in ICSID proceedings.

The associate left the firm, where he had worked since 2009, last year and joined Doughty Street two weeks ago. He spent the past year working as a junior to Ben Emmerson QC of Matrix Chambers, Rodney Dixon QC of Temple Garden Chambers and Doughty Street’s Amal Alamuddin.

Wassouf is understood to be one of two arbitration associates who have left Freshfields in the past month to join the bar.

Freshfields lost Partasides QC and Petrochilos to kick-start Three Crowns earlier this year (26 February 2014). The two set up the boutique with Covington & Burling London partner Gaetan Verhoosel, Shearman & Sterling Todd Wetmore from Paris and Jones Day’s Luke Sobota as well as former Freshfields co-arbiration chair Jan Paulsson (12 March 2013).

In January Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) big-hitting advocacy chief Murray Rosen QC returned to the bar after launching the team in 2005 with Ian Gatt QC (22 January 2014).

Wassouf is understand to be keen on maintaining strong relations to Three Crowns at Doughty Street.