A&O overhauls litigation team; appoints new GC

The future direction and management of Allen & Overy’s global litigation practice has been transferred to a new global steering group.

As part of the management reshuffle, Andrew Clark, has stepped down as head of the global litigation practice and will take up the position of general counsel at the magic circle firm.

Tim House, meanwhile, will take over Clark’s old job as head of global litigation and will chair the international steering group, which is made up of litigation partners from three other jurisdictions.

House explained that the new management structure was an attempt to bring the firm’s global litigation offering to strategic clients into “sharper focus”.

He added: “If you simply look at the home base you’re bound to miss some nuances. To have four of us, one from each of our bases, should give added perspective.”

Apart from House, the litigation steering group is made up of litigation partners Joost Everaert from the Belgium office, Michael Feldberg from the US, and Angus Ross from the Hong Kong office.

House explained that the steering group would be in “continual touch” to “coordinate activities” of the litigation practice.

John O’Conor will continue as head of the London litigation practice.