Herbert Smith Freehills names China chief D’Agostino as global litigation head

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has appointed Hong Kong based partner Justin D’Agostino as its new global dispute resolution head, succeeding Sonya Leydecker who will take up the co-CEO role from 1 May 2014.

D’Agostino will commence the new role from 1 May 2014 for a four-year term, when Leydecker and Mark Rigotti become joint CEOs (19 December 2013).

D’Agostino was appointed as Greater China managing partner in May 2013, taking over from the retiring Andrew Tortoishell (14 March 2013). He will step down from this position for the global dispute resolution leadership role and the firm is currently seeking a successor to take over the country management position.

D’Agostino has spent his entire legal career with HSF, starting in the London office of legacy Herbert Smith in 1998 as a trainee. He became a solicitor-advocate in 2005 and joined the firm’s partnership in 2007 before moving to Hong Kong two years later (2 September 2009).

He has also spent time in both Bangkok and Singapore, and has played a key role in building the firm’s Asian arbitration practice.

D’Agostino will continue to be based in Hong Kong. He will be supported in the management of the litigation practice by regional heads Geoff McClellan, who will continue as global deputy and Australia head, US and UK head Mark Shillito and Asia head Peter Godwin.

In addition, HSF has appointed partner Tim Parkes to lead the general commercial litigation practice in London.