Bingham McCutchen financial services and litigation partner Neil Micklethwaite has announced his departure to launch a litigation and human rights boutique.
Micklethwaite and former colleague Roger Gherson, who he worked with at Gouldens, will open their new firm, Gherson, on 15 September with 24 lawyers. The firm will specialise in immigration, litigation and corporate defence.
Micklethwaite commented: “I have a lot of experience at large law firms and I wanted to do something completely different and challenging. We have the right kind of experience to start a specialised firm of this kind.”
Micklethwaite added that the firm will embark on a recruitment drive to build its capabilities as soon as it opens for business next month.
“It will be an alternative to the career path you would have at a large law firm. I’m sure there are young lawyers that are keen for a fresh and different challenge. These are the people that we are looking for.” he said.
Both Gherson and Micklethwaite are looking forward to the freedom and diversity of work running a niche firm offers, Micklethwaite said.
He explained: “Quite often you are unable to work on certain projects because of conflicts of interest. I will have freedom to advise on more cases and Roger will have freedom to do more pro bono projects. This is very exciting for us both.”