Patrick Sherrington, who gained notoriety in legal circles when he defended the Hong Kong government in the region's longest civil trial, has taken over as Lovells' head of litigation.
He replaces Russell Sleigh, whose four-year term as managing partner of litigation - a title peculiar to the firm - came to an end. Lovells' overall managing partner Lesley MacDonagh appointed Sherrington after taking soundings. Sherrington's wide practice includes international commercial disputes, in which he handles cases around securities, insolvency, energy, construction, contract, and professional negligence. His CV shows him to be a dynamic committee member, equipping him for leadership of a major law department. Since 1990 he has had varying roles in no fewer than 20 committees and working parties. The 50-year-old has navigated many energy disputes and is a seasoned mediator. He was also a well-known figure in Hong Kong, where he practised for eight years, and where he rose to become vice-president of the island's Law Society. Among Lovells' largest pieces of litigation carried out during Sleigh's era were BCCI's claims against the auditors, the Prince Jefri litigation around chinese walls, the Kemper Re litigation in Bermuda and the National Power pension fund litigation.