Squire Sanders’ City litigation head quits for Edwards Angell

The head of Squire Sanders’ London litigation practice has left to join the City base of  Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge.

Rod Cowper, who arrived at Squire Sanders from Bryan Cave in 2007, joins Edwards Angell as a partner. He said his decision was not linked to Squire Sanders’ ongoing merger talks with Hammonds (25 August 2010), adding the move provides him with a platform to expand his practice working with clients in the technology and financial services sectors.

Cowper, who acts for debtors, secured lenders and creditors in insolvency and inter-bank disputes, claimed Edwards Angell’s recent growth in London, which has seen the arrival of several partners this year, was a big factor in his decision to join.

“It’s not just growth, it’s strategic growth involving like-minded individuals,” he said. “One thing I particularly liked when speaking to people before I arrived was that the lawyers who’ve been brought in laterally had a very similar vision and fitted in culturally alongside the people who were more established.”

Edwards Angell London managing partner Laurence Harris said: “Rod’s arrival marks the latest step in the expansion of our capabilities in London, which is a strategic priority for the firm. He’ll immediately enhance the core strengths of our London practice, which include litigation, insurance and reinsurance, and intellectual property.”

Edwards Angell now has 84 fee earners in the UK and Cowper becomes the sixth partner in the London office’s commercial litigation practice.

Squire Sanders was unavailable for comment.