Herbies litigation exits continue as partner defects to Latham

Senior Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) litigation partner Simon Bushell is set to join the London office of US firm Latham & Watkins in the latest exit from the firm.

Bushell currently co-chairs HSF’s London corporate fraud and asset tracing practice and is head of the firm’s crisis management practice. He specialises in Russia-related claims and founded its Russian disputes practice.

Bushell led for the government of Tajikistan in the big-billing Talco case, in which the state-owned smelter claimed to have been defrauded out of hundreds of millions of pounds (15 September 2008).

Bushell’s departure marks the third exit by an HSF partner in the firm’s disputes team in roughly six months, following Linklaters’ hire of regulatory duo Martyn Hopper and Nikunj Kiri (29 January 2013).

In 2011 corporate crime partner Peter Burrell left the firm to join Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s City office as part of its launch of a UK anti-bribery practice (9 May 2011).

Among other exits, HSF corporate partner Will Pearce resigned last November to join Davis Polk & Wardwell’s growing UK law practice (12 November 2012).

HSF and Latham declined to comment.