Bristows brings in three Howrey partners for litigation push

City IP boutique Bristows has hired a three-partner disputes team from the London office of US firm Howrey.

Former Howrey partners Geoffrey Gauci, James Irvine and Charles Pugh will join Bristows as partners on 1 March.

Bristows joint managing partner Paul Walsh said: “We want to build on our excellence in IP and build up our broader litigation offering.”

Gauci and Irvine have worked on IP disputes and also have a broader commercial litigation background. Gauci is representing CIBC Mellon in its epic ongoing case against Stoltzenberg, which relates to the 1992 collapse of Canadian property and investment company Castor Holdings.

“There’s a lot of technology litigation and we’re tooled up for that. We’re expecting a lot of insolvency litigation and litigation against financial institutions over the next 12-36 months and we’re well placed to pick up on that,” said Walsh.

Howrey has been restructuring its London office to focus on its firmwide strengths in IP, antitrust and international dispute resolution and arbitration, with some product liability.

Howrey partner Trevor Soames commented: “It’s a fundamental redesign of the business model of the London office and it does result in the departure of some partners and they’re good people. These people will do well at Bristows.”