Senior Herbies litigation partner defects to Debevoise

Senior Herbert Smith Freehills litigation partner Kevin Lloyd has defected to US firm Debevoise & Plimpton.

Lloyd is the second high-profile departure from Herbert Smith Freehills since the merger between Herbert Smith and Australia’s Freehills went live on 1 October (21 June 2012). Corporate partner Will Pearce left for Davis Polk & Wardwell in November (12 November 2012).

Lloyd will join Debevoise’s London office as a litigation partner in 2013, working under Peter Goldsmith QC, who head’s the US firm’s UK and European litigation practice.

Lloyd began his career at Herbert Smith but left to join Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in 1988 and made partner there two years later. Lloyd rejoined Herbert Smith in 1999 and served on the firm’s board between 2009 and 2012.

In a statement Goldsmith said: “Kevin brings unparalleled expertise, having represented clients on some of the largest and most high-profile litigation cases in the world.

“His experience in virtually all areas of commercial litigation – combined with his expertise in complex, cross-border issues and the financial services industry – provides him with a unique perspective and skill-set that will strengthen our entire litigation practice and enhance our position in the London market.”