Sidley launches London insurance disputes offering

Sidley Austin has swooped on Kendall Freeman in order to start up a contentious insurance practice in the UK.

The US firm took former barrister Dorothy Cory-Wright from Kendall Freeman to head up its contentious insurance litigation practice in London.

The hire follows Sidley’s efforts earlier this year to build up its insurance offering in London. In February the firm raided DLA Piper for its former head of insurance restructuring and insolvency, Nigel Montgomery, and a team of three associates.

In May Sidley’s co-head of insurance and financial services Jim Stinson relocated to London to oversee the launch of an insurance practice.

Stinson said of Cory-Wright’s hire: “Dorothy’s practice is a perfect complement to the insurance restructuring and regulatory practice that we added in May when Nigel Montgomery and his team joined us.”

Cory-Wright’s departure from Kendall Freeman, where she had been for 18 years, is a blow to the 20-partner firm. Cory-Wright practised under senior partner David Kendall, representing clients such as Munich Re and Centre Re in asbestos liability disputes.

Sidley’s worldwide insurance practice is 70-lawyers strong and boasts clients like AIG, CNA and investment banks including JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.