Maurice Turnor Gardner turns to Allen & Overy for latest hire

Private client firm Maurice Turnor Gardner has hired former Allen & Overy (A&O) litigation partner Guy Henderson.

Henderson, who spent more than 30 years at A&O, retired from the firm at the end of April. He will join Maurice Turnor Gardner, which spun out of A&O in 2009, as a consultant in September, working as an independent commercial mediator and settlement adviser.

Henderson joined A&O as an articled clerk in 1980 and made partner in 1990. He moved to Hong Kong to lead the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice there between 1993 and 1997. He has been a CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) accredited mediator since 1998.

“In my experience, over 90 per cent of business disputes eventually settle at some stage,” said Henderson. “Conflict resolution by agreement is the only way parties can retain control of the outcome. The art is to find the most cost-effective way to get the right balance between peace and victory.”

Henderson worked on some of the largest insolvencies of the 1990s, including BCCI and Heron Group, and also advised the Hong Kong government and its regulators on a number of malpractice issues.

Maurice Turnor Gardner was established in May 2009 after A&O jettisoned its private client team as part of a global restructuring (19 February 2009).

On joining Maurice Turnor Gardner, Henderson, who started as an articled clerk under the firm’s senior partner Clare Maurice, said: “I feel like I’m going home, really”.