Herbies former advocacy chief Rosen to join 4 New Square

Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) former advocacy head Murray Rosen QC is to join 4 New Square in September.

Murray Rosen QC
Murray Rosen QC

Rosen joined legacy Herbert Smith in 2005 from 11 Stone Buildings to launch its advocacy unit (21 March 2005). He led the development of the team alongside Ian Gatt QC who joined the firm from Littleton Chambers (11 April 2005). Gatt continues to head the advocacy unit.

Rosen resigned in January with plans to leave the firm in April to return to the bar  (22 January 2014). In turn, HSF looked to Maitland Chambers for a rare silk hire, appointing Tom Leech QC (9 January 2014).

The appointment will be a boost for 4 New Square, which recently turned to White & Case for the hire of partner Paul Cowan. He joined the set after 11 years as partner at the US firm in London.

Rosen, who took silk in 1993, is to practice as an arbitrator, mediator and senior advocate.

Chief executive Lizzie Stewart said Rosen would bring additional experience in the international markets as well as bringing a new set of marketing skills, complementary to Cowan.

“People who have that background have a lot to contribute to chambers,” she said, adding: “That includes how you approach getting work in the modern workplace, you have to be innovative to compete and you need to reflect that in an international market place.”

The set is looking to grown its presence across Asia, the Middle East and offshore jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands. Stewart said there was plenty of opportunities of cross-jurisdictional work between the regions which the set wanted to explore.

Many sets are looking to grow their share of the international market with Asia Pacific being particularly attractive. Fountain Court today confirmed it would launch in Singapore in September (6 September 2014).