Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is to relocate disputes partner Caroline Kehoe from London to its United Arab Emirates (UAE) practice where she will be based in Dubai.
Kehoe, who clients include BHP Billiton, is well known for her representation of Chevron UK in the legal battle that followed explosions at the Buncefield Oil Storage Depot (20 March 2009).
The firm said her relocation was intended to boost HSF’s disputes presence in the region. Kehoe will join a team of 12 disputes associates alongside partners Craig Shepherd, who heads the Middle East construction practice, and disputes specialist Stuart Paterson.
The firm opened its first Middle East office in March 2007 after hiring partner duo Nadim Khan and Zubair Mir from Norton Rose (12 February 2007). Earlier this year it named Mir as its Middle East head (12 January 2012) succeeding Neil Brimson, who has been in the role for five years and steps down to manage the firm’s new Doha office (4 August 2011).
Global head of litigation Sonya Leydecker said the Middle East disputes practice was key to the international development of the practice. She commented: “The team is playing a significant role in the increasing internationalisation of the firm’s disputes practice and Caroline’s move is an important development as we look to further consolidate our presence in the Middle East and the global market.”
In London, however, the firm has seen a number of high-profile departures. Most recently partner Ted Greeno resigned to join US outfit Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (27 March 2013). It came just weeks after finance partner Jason Fox quit for Bracewell & Giuliani (5 March 2013).
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