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Ashurst’s Spanish litigation head Daniel Jiménez has left the firm to launch a litigation boutique, teaming up with white-collar crime specialist Margarita Santana from Madrid firm Lex Consulting Abogados.
The duo have founded Santana Lorenzo & Jiménez (SLJ) in a bid to avoid the conflicts of interest found in larger firms.
Jiménez joined Ashurst in 2009 to help develop its Spanish litigation team and was made up to the firm’s partnership in 2011 (14 April 2011). He said while he had had “great work and great clients” at the UK firm he felt that he would be able to provide better-quality advice to clients at an independent firm.
“I feel that I can do a better job and I can better defend my clients out of an independent law firm,” Jiménez told The Lawyer. “In a litigation boutique you can take almost any case referred to you.”
He said the model of a litigation boutique was fairly unusual in Spain.
Jiménez is the fourth partner to leave an international firm in recent weeks to set up a boutique.