Clyde & Co hires new litigation partner from Manches

Manches litigation partner Margaret Tofalides has defected to Clyde & Co.

Tofalides joined Manches in 2009 from Addleshaw Goddard, the same year that the firm saw litigation partners Clive Zietman and Andrew Shaw exit to Stewarts Law (13 April 2009).

Clyde & Co’s global head of dispute resolution and arbitration Ben Knowles said the hire supports the firm’s strategy to grow its disputes capabilities globally.

Tofalides is a data protection and privacy law expert with experience advising companies across a range of sectors on domestic and cross-border issues and data breach and enforcement responses.

Commenting on her appoinment, she said she was looking forward to developing Clyde & Co’s global disputes offering and strengthening its sector focus in the intellectual property and data and privacy fields.

Clyde & Co posted a 17 per cent rise in turnover from £287m to £336.6m at the end of the 2012/13 financial year, with average PEP rising by just over 5 per cent to £580,000, slightly above the £550,000 predicted by chief executive Peter Hasson last year (11 June 2013).

Clydes recently announced that it had been given regulatory approval to open an office in Beijing where corporate partner Lynia Lau will be the chief representative. The new office will have a primary focus on outbound investment in the natural resources, energy and infrastructure sectors, as well as asset and project finance and dispute resultion (7 May 2013).

In April the firm announced it would expand its international footprint with the launch of a base in Madrid after raiding DAC Beachcroft for a team of nine lawyers, including four partners (16 April 2013).

Manches’ website lists seven partners in its litigation and arbitration practice with four based in London and three in Oxford. Managing partner Melvin Pedro released a statement adding that “over 70 per cent of Manches’ lawyers describe themselves as litigators”.