BLP and Olswang arbitrators join rush to the bar

The revolving door between law firms and the bar is turning again with Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)’s arbitration head Nic Fletcher QC heading for a new role at 4 New Square and Olswang’s arbitration chief Andrew Aglionby also leaving for a career at the bar.

Fletcher will take up a post as an independent arbitrator but remain on BLP’s board. At 4 New Square he is in good company – Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partner Murray Rosen QC also joined in June this year.

The silk left HSF for pastures new at the beginning of the year and landed at the set months later. 4 New Square is also home to former White & Case partner Paul Cowan, who left in May.

In the same month Ince & Co partner Denys Hickey made an exit for 39 Essex Street, taking up a role as counsel, arbitrator and mediator, though the firm filled the gap with Quadrant Chambers’ Hugh O’Donovan.

Fletcher’s exit will be a blow to BLP, which has been setting out its in-house advocacy stall in recent years, adding Stuart Isaacs QC in 2011 to sit alongside Janet Turner QC.  BLP partners Kent Phillips and Richard Power will now head up the arbitration team.

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