Herbert Smith disputes lawyer quits for 39 Essex Street

A Herbert Smith lawyer who had a stint as acting director of enforcement at the FSA has joined London set 39 Essex Street.

David Mayhew
David Mayhew

David Mayhew, who joined Herbert Smith from the FSA in 2006, has been a long-serving advocate and adviser in contentious financial services regulatory work, having been appointed to the FSA as leading advocate in 2001 (22 January 2001) before becoming acting director for enforcement in 2005.

Prior to these positions Mayhew was a finance partner at Clifford Chance for 14 years. After a spell at Herbert Smith he held the post of commissioner for financial advisers in his native New Zealand before returning to the UK in April 2011 to join Herbert Smith as a consultant in the dispute resolution practice.

Chief executive and head of clerking at 39 Essex Street David Barnes said that Mayhew’s expertise within the world of financial services will enhance chambers’ public and regulatory law offering.

Commenting on his decision to go to the bar, Mayhew said: “I’m pleased to be joining such a progressive set and look forward to the challenge of working with, and providing value to, clients as a barrister.”

Mayhew will begin his new post in January 2012.