New global director for Andersen Legal

Andersen Legal has appointed the chairman of its associated law firm in Scotland, Dundas & Wilson, to be its worldwide practice director.

Neil Cochran, who is UK legal practice director for Garretts, will take responsibility for all firms in the Andersen Legal network while retaining his existing roles.

Andersen Legal’s chief executive Alberto Terol says: “It is important that as the Andersen Legal network develops and increases in strength we take steps to establish and enforce procedures on a worldwide basis relating to conflicts of interest, client confidentiality, terms of business, client acceptance and service, share dealing and money laundering.”

Cochran says: “I have alr-eady been working closely with practice directors from member law firms around the world. In this new role, I will be building on that and working to ensure that we deliver our services using the strength of the network to help clients.”

The appointment of Coc-hran follows that of Laurence Kaye to the position of head of technology and e-business for Garretts in London. Gilles Thieffry also joined as head of capital markets from Norton Rose (The Lawyer, 4 September).

Kaye will work closely with Angus Phang who was recruited into the e-business practice in May from Simmons & Simmons’ Hong Kong office.

Thieffry’s arrival made Andersen Legal the first of the accountants’ law firms to move into capital markets work in London.