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Former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer is set to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, following in Lord Goldsmith's footsteps by joining a US law firm.
Falconer, who joins the firm's London office, takes on the role of senior counsel within the firm's dispute resolution team.
The US firm's managing partner, Ken Doran, said Falconer will support Gibson Dunn's strategic plan to broaden its international presence.
"Charlie is a consummate problem-solver - bringing a very practical and commercial approach to the most complex problems," said Doran.
"His extensive experience and understanding of government and regulation in the UK, and abroad, will be of significant value to our clients."
Falconer added: "I am very much looking forward to returning to private law practice, and Gibson Dunn is the right place for me to begin this next phase of my career."
The former Lord Chancellor was previously a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers, where he worked alongside former attorney general Lord Goldsmith, who joined Debevoise & Plimpton last autumn (TheLawyer.com, 26 September 2007).
Unlike Goldsmith, Falconer would have been unable to rejoin the bar due to the political nature of his role as Lord Chancellor.
According to Gibson Dunn, joining the firm will allow Falconer to be "a hands-on lawyer".