Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired Hogan Lovells litigator and joint graduate recruitment partner Lawson Caisley.
Caisley is seen as a stalwart of Hogan Lovells’ dispute resolution practice, which he has been a member of for almost 20 years.
The decision to move, he said, was prompted by the strength of A&O’s international practice.
He said: “The international platform A&O offers is second to none, making it one of just a handful of firms that can handle the most complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes facing corporates and banks today.”
A&O disputes head Tim House said the group’s partnership count had grown by 40 per cent over the past fives years to 61, excluding Caisley . In London the firm now has 26 partners.
House said: “London is unique as an international forum for dispute resolution, with four out of every five cases heard by the Commercial Court now involving parties from outside the UK.
“The calibre of Lawson’s experience in the English courts, coupled with his versatility, complements the global nature of our practice and the needs of our clients.”
During the past year A&O has launched a dispute resolution practice in Paris with the appointment of three Herbert Smith partners: Denis Chemla, Erwin Poisson and Michael Young (27 May 2011).
In November it launched a litigation group in Australia on the back of the hire of John Samaha (21 November 2011). This was followed in February by the hire of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Steve Adkins in Washington.
At Hogan Lovells Caisely was joint graduate recruitment partner alongside Ben Higson. A successor is expected to be appointed in due course.