Dechert continues City push with hire of high-profile Norton Rose litigator

Dechert has hired Norton Rose litigation partner Antony Dutton as the latest in a string of partner laterals that has significantly boosted the US firm’s UK disputes capabilities.

Antony Dutton
Antony Dutton

Dutton was among the best known of Norton Rose’s litigators, having previously been global head of dispute resolution and a member of the firm’s partnership council.

He focuses on international disputes, with a particular emphasis on banking, corporate, insolvency and trust litigation.

In a statement Dutton said Dechert’s global dispute resolution capability was a key attraction.

“The firm’s core banking and financial institutions capability and its sector focus in traded commodities and mining and metals will help me better serve my clients,” Dutton added.

In recent months Dechert has embarked on an aggressive recruitment campaign, with DLA Piper in particular acting as a feeder to the US firm’s disputes practice.

The ball began rolling in April when Dechert hired DLA Piper’s joint global head of litigation Neil Gerrard and EMEA head of corporate crime and investigations Jonathan Pickworth (1 April 2011).

DLA Piper investigations and compliance partner Duncan Wiggetts also left for Dechert last year (7 October 2011).

In October the firm hired another partner from DLA Piper, bringing on board the firm’s head of trade and government relations Miriam Gonzalez (25 October 2011).