Sedgwick hires DLA Piper insurance litigator

DLA Piper insurance litigation partner David Murphy has left the firm to join US-firm Sedgwick in London.

Murphy formally left DLA Piper on 31 December and was admitted to Sedgwick’s partnership on 1 January, his first day in the office is tomorrow (10 January).

Sedgwick will have five partners in London including Murphy, whose focus will be on property claims.

Sedgwick office managing partner Edward Smerdon said: “Traditionally we’ve been very strong in financial and casualty lines but we’ve not had much in the way of property.” He added that the goal was to build a property claims practice around this hire.

Murphy’s departure comes amid a raft of partner departures and management changes at DLA Piper’s London office.

In October DLA Piper named Ian Brierley UK real estate head just two years after Simon Cookson was brought into the role from Ashurst (11 December 2013).

That was followed by the departures of real estate partner Karen Friebe (13 November 2013) and competition partner Martin Rees (6 January 2014) and the news that, as well as Rees, Squire Sanders was set to pick up real estate partner Gary Paddison and senior associate Rachel Orton (23 December 2013) whose departure dates are yet to be confirmed.