Dentons loses former Middle East dispute resolution head to Simmons

Dentons has lost its former Middle East head of dispute resolution and construction to Simmons & Simmons, just two months after losing its former Middle East arbitration head to SJ Berwin.

Partner David Risbridger has been appointed to Simmons & Simmons’ dispute resolution and construction team in the Middle East will join the firm on 17 November 2013.

His move-in date will come just three days after the deadline for a partner vote on the firm’s potential merge with US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge (30 October 2013).

Risbridger, who trained as a quantity surveyor before becoming a lawyer, moved to legacy Denton Wilde Sapte from Shoosmiths in 1997 and became a partner in 2001.

He has spent the past four years in Dubai and Abu Dhabi advising on construction, projects and disputes for governments, private individuals and companies. 

The move comes two months after Dentons lost its former head of its international arbitration in the Middle East to SJ Berwin (3 September 2013). Paul Stothard left the firm for SJ Berwin’s London office after returning to the City in 2012 with Dentons.

It follows Dentons decision to shut its Kuwaut office in June (21 June 2013) and the exit of SNR Denton’s Middle East managing partner in June for personal reasons the same month (30 October 2013).

It also comes on the back of Salan’s former head of UK international arbitration, George Burn, exit to Vinson & Elkins in July (15 July 2013).