Withers loses second private client partner to McDermotts

Withers private client partner Ziva Robertson has quit the firm to join McDermott Will & Emery in London.

Robertson is the second private client partner at Withers to make the move to McDermott over the past year, following Astrid Owen who departed in October (29 October 2012).

Specialising in complex cross-jurisdictional trust issues, and advising on both contentious and non-contentious issues, Robertson has particular expertise in trust cases emerging from the Cayman Islands. She is qualified to practice in England and Wales, the Caymans and the British Virgin Islands. 

Before joining Withers in January 2009, Robertson previously led Mourant du Feu & Jeune’s Cayman trust litigation practice (10 March 2008).

Having handed in her notice at Withers last week, Robertson started in her new role at McDermott yesterday (8 July). She said she had transferred a number of her former Withers clients to her new firm.

Robertson said: “McDermott made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. They have a great global reputation, and have been building a fantastic team since 2009.” 

She continued: “I plan to consolidate the firm’s private client litigation avoidance and litigation practices. Both London and the US have seen a significant growth in trust and probate disputes arising in Asia and the Middle East. McDermott has a strong dispute resolution group in the US, dealing with its Southern Caribbean practice. I aim to pull all the strings together and build up a fantastic disputes practice on the private client side.” Robertson insisted that making the same move as Owen was “completely coincidental”.

Robertson is the tenth partner to exit Withers since January 2012, including three UK heads of departments and two US regional practice group heads (23 May).

Withers also announced yesterday (8 July) the appointment of consultant Matthew Roazen who previously worked for Alfa Bank, TNK-BP and Sun Group, as well as in the Moscow teams of Akin Gump and LeBouef Lamb. He will advise the firm’s commercial litigation group on generating litigation instructions and developing relationships in the Russian market.

The firm, which bought in £80.5m in 2011/12 is yet to announce its revenue for the 2012/13 financial year.