Lovells dispute head turns focus to banks

Lovells dispute resolution head Patrick Sherrington has launched two new litigation teams in an effort to focus the department’s offering to the banking community.

The reshuffle sees litigation partner Graham Huntley take control of a team focused on investment banking work, while Jon Holland is in charge of corporate and commercial banking clients.

Sherrington told The Lawyer: “The intention is to make our specialist expertise in dispute resolution directly relevant to the problems these clients have and to reassure them that the people they’re dealing with are truly industry players.”

He added that the initiative recognises that it is not always easy to divide banks along the corporate/ commercial and investment lines.

The recent appointment of Linklaters partner Philip Parish has helped strengthen the investment banking team. Parish, who started work at Lovells last week, has extensive regulatory and investment banking dispute experience.

Banks that Lovells has acted for in the High Court and Court of Appeal over the course of the the past year include Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of Zambia. The firm is also on panels for Barclays, HBOS and Lloyds TSB.