Addleshaw Goddard has raided US firm Chadbourne & Parke for insurance disputes partner Mark Pring.
The hire is expected to underline Addleshaws’ international expertise ahead of its planned openings in Dubai and Singapore (24 May 2011). Both offices will focus solely on expanding the firm’s international arbitration capability after a particularly successful year for the practice.
Pring spent a two-year period in Dubai acting in international arbitration cases and special investigation matters.
“His reputation in the reinsurance sector for dispute resolution is second to none as is his technical expertise and commercial advocacy skills,” said Addleshaws head of litigation Richard Leedham. “His experience of running major international arbitration cases in Dubai and his knowledge of the Middle East marketplace will be particularly useful to us in the forthcoming months and is testament to our commitment to the region.”
It is the second litigation hire in three months for Addleshaws coming after it appointed Clarissa Coleman from the Consensus Business Group – its first litigation appointment in two years (25 November 2011).
Leedham said the hires were part of an ongoing plan to grow Addleshaws’ litigation team. More capability is needed following Leedham’s appointment to the mammoth Ablyazov litigation (16 January 2012), preparation for which was started by Stephenson Harwood before the client switched teams (19 September 2011).
The firm is also representing Boris Berezovsky in his battle with Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich and insurance giant Standard Life in its action against ACE European Group (3 January 2011).