Binghams snares DLA Piper lawyer for litigation push

Bingham McCutchen has boosted its litigation department with the hire of Peter Bibby from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary.

Bibby, head of DLA Piper’s financial regulatory group, is set to join Binghams’ four-strong London litigation team.

Bibby joins his former DLA Piper colleague Neil Micklethwaite, who left last year to launch Binghams’ UK litigation service. This is the second time Bibby has left DLA. His first departure was in 1998, when he left to join the Financial Services Authority (FSA). He rejoined the firm in 2002 after becoming head of enforcement at the financial regulator.

During his time at DLA, Bibby was involved in many high-profile cases, including actions for the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation and the Personal Investment Authority regarding pensions transfers, the Maxwell affair and Morgan Grenfell. He was also responsible for FSA cases against Royal Scottish Assurance, Winterthur and Gan.

In addition to Mickle-thwaite, Binghams’ litigation team consists of banking and finance litigation partner Natasha Harrison and two associates. The team has represented the bondholders of Marconi and Elektrim, as well as working on cases involving TXU and Jarvis.

DLA Piper managing partner Nigel Knowles said: “Peter has left to pursue his career elsewhere and we’ll be sorry to see him go.”