Arbitration partner Shore returns to Herbies

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has recruited former partner Laurence Shore from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher to bolster its New York office.

Shore left legacy Herbert Smith in 2008 (7 February 2008) to join Gibson Dunn in New York as co-head of the US firm’s international arbitraton team. The US-born lawyer had previously headed Herbert Smith’s arbitration team from London.

The appointment follows the launch of HSF’s New York office in September (3 July 2012). The firm hired a team from Chadbourne & Parke, including litigation head Thomas Riley, to kickstart its US presence (2 August 2012).

Shore acts as both an advocate in arbitration cases and as an arbitrator. He has worked on cases under most globally recognised arbitration rules, including the International Chamber of Commerce and the London Court of International Arbitration. He is currently chair of the New York City Bar’s International Law Committee in New York.

HSF already has an arbitration capability in New York, having relocated partner Chris Parker there from London.

International arbitration co-head Paula Hodges said in a statement: “We’re thrilled Larry is returning. He’s not only an outstanding practitioner, but also a highly regarded colleague, whom we’ve missed over the last few years. Larry’s in-depth arbitration knowledge and his network of contacts in the US and Latin America will play a pivotal role in the further development of our presence in these regions.”

The news comes after a spate of disputes losses for Herbies, the most recent of which have included London of counsel Nicola Peters, who joined Addleshaw Goddard (7 February 2013), and partner Simon Bushell, who joined Latham & Watkins (7 February 2013).