BLG maritime partner duo jump ship to Norton Rose

Norton Rose has bolstered its insurance practice with the hire of two maritime partners from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG).

Patrick Foss previously headed up BLG’s marine, energy and trade department and specialises in all areas of marine and energy insurance and shipping dispute resolution. Chris Zavos was a partner in the same practice and specialises in marine and energy matters.

Prior to joining BLG, Foss was a partner at Hill Dickinson while Zavos began his career at Hill Taylor Dickinson, becoming partner in 1999.

In a statement, Norton Rose head of insurance James Bateson said: “Complex international claims work is central to our insurance offering. We have a unique opportunity at this time to provide a high quality alternative for high end insurance claims work and we plan to continue to grow this practice area so that we can offer that choice to London Market and international insurers.”

The moves come ahead of the proposed merger between BLG and Clyde & Co, which last night hit a snag after the firms delayed signing the merger agreement (5 October 2011).

This is the latest of a raft of hires for Norton Rose in the space of two weeks. The firm boosted its London finance group with the hire of Alex Dell from Deutsche Bank (5 October 2011) and beefed up its London employment practice with the arrival of Linklaters employment partner Catrina Smith (26 September 2011) as well as growing its arbitration practice in Frankfurt with the appointment of Patricia Nacimiento (26 September 2011)

Norton Rose also announced its merger with Canadian firm Macleod Dixon this week, which will see the firm acquiring an office in Kazakhstan as well as gaining presence in South America thanks to Macleod Dixon’s operations in Caracas, Bogota and Almaty (4 October 2011).

However the firm has also suffered its share of departures in recent weeks. Norton Rose closed its Brisbane retail leasing practice after a 13-strong walkout (20 September 2011) and lost its French corporate finance head along with a team of lawyers to Jones Day in Paris (12 September 2011).