Milbank adds commercial litigation in City

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has launched a commercial litigation practice in London, hiring DLA Piper partner Julian Stait to handle technology disputes.

Stait, a former head of technology, media and ­communications (TMC) at DLA Piper, will work in ­Milbank’s two-partner IT and outsourcing team.

Milbank now has 13 ­partners in London under European managing ­partner Phillip Fletcher.

Stait was DLA Piper TMC head for five years until 2005, and then head of dispute resolution in Europe, the Middle East and Africa until 2007.

Milbank launched in London in 1978, but has grown more cautiously than other US firms in the City.

In its latest promotions round in November 2008, the firm’s London office received no new partners for the second year running.