Ashurst litigation partner joins Winston as City disputes chief

Ashurst partner Michael Madden has joined US firm Winston & Strawn as head of its commercial litigation practice in London.

Michael Madden
Michael Madden

Madden is one of three litigation partners to leave the City firm this week, with Wilson Thorburn joining JPMorgan and Arundel McDougall retiring (12 October 2011).

Until his departure from Ashurst, Madden was head of the firm’s litigation practice. He has been replaced in that role by Ed Sparrow.

In a statement, Madden said: “I’m pleased to be joining the Winston London office at a time of growth and welcome the exciting new challenge of developing not only a London-based disputes resolution team but a truly global offering.”

Madden’s departure comes at a time of considerable movement for Ashurst. Real estate funds partners David Evans and Samantha Lake Coghlan this week left for US firm Goodwin Procter (11 October 2011). Construction partner Marc Hanson is set to leave Ashurst for Berwin Leighton Paisner (3 October 2011), while employee incentives partner Barbara Allen is heading to Stephenson Harwood (26 September 2011).

DLA Piper hired Ashurst real estate partner Simon Cookson last month as head of its London real estate team (9 September 2011).