Former Ince partner quits for 39 Essex Street

Former Ince & Co litigation partner Denys Hickey has quit the firm for the bar to join 39 Essex Street Chambers.

The former oil and gas disputes partner has left the firm after 35 years. Most recently he headed up the firm’s Asia Pacific energy and offshore group based in Singapore and was appointed director at Maxwell Chambers in Singapore by the Singapore Ministry of Law.

He moved back to the capital last year and will take up his role as arbitrator, counsel and mediator in the set’s offies in London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, when the set launches there later this year.

Opening in Malaysia will make the set the first to have a presence in the region (14 February 2014). The new office, its second in Asia after Singapore (26 June 2012), will officially open in October. The set’s Asia business director Roderick Noble will be based in Kuala Lumpur and manage both offices, which offer mainly arbitration services.

Hickey left Ince & Co just two months after it announced a redundancy consultation threatening ten fee earner roles in shipping and finance (13 February 2013). The decision to cut overall numbers in London by less than five per cent followed an assessment of the economic conditions in the firm’s core sectors, Ince said.

But the firm added Quadrant Chambers barriser Hugh O’Donovan to its London aviation group in February.

39 Essex Street has also made a high-profile addition in recent months. It was the destination for former Shell general counsel Peter Rees, who resurfaced there two months ago (25 March 2014).