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Osborne Clarke is launching a new litigation team to focus on international work at its Thames Valley office, following a partner hire from local rival Pitmans.
Irene Dallas has brought her practice with her to Osborne Clarke, which specialises in the oil and metals sectors. She concentrates on international arbitration and commercial litigation and deals in particular with large multinationals that are active in Russia, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Osborne Clarke is now recruiting a team of assistants to work with her. Dallas joins Osborne Clarke after five years as a partner at Pitmans. She was previously with Herbert Smith, where she was a partner for three years. "My practice has a strong international bias and I felt that I'd reached a stage where it would be better supported in a larger firm like Osborne Clarke, with a well-established network of foreign offices," she said. Pitmans is a founder member of an international association of law firms entitled InterAct Europe, but it does not have its own foreign offices.
"I felt that I'd be better supported in a larger firm with a well-established network of foreign offices" Irene Dallas, Osborne Clarke
Dallas said she was attracted by the chance to set up a team from scratch and work with Osborne Clarke's existing client base. "Osborne Clarke has a very successful Reading office in terms of company and commercial, and I've known for some time that they didn't have a litigation department there," she said. Dallas said her international arbitration work was also a good fit with Osborne Clarke's London-based international arbitration team. Her practice will seek to offer a one-stop shop to Osborne Clarke's existing Thames Valley clients as well as targeting other large companies. The hire is part of a firmwide strategy to grow its litigation practice. Other recent hires include Nick Mehlig and Jeremy Philips, who joined the Bristol office from Eversheds.