Lawson Caisley to join Allen & Overy
29 Mar, 2012
Lawson Caisley to join Allen & Overy’s dispute resolution practice
Allen & Overy today announces the appointment of Lawson Caisley as a partner in its dispute resolution practice in London.
Lawson has emerged as one of the leading litigators of his generation in London. He joins Allen & Overy from Hogan Lovells, where he has a broad practice, acting for large corporations on the most complex disputes in the English Courts. He also has considerable experience acting for leading financial institutions in the life assurance and asset management sectors.
Tim House, Global Head of Dispute Resolution at Allen & Overy comments, “London is unique as an international forum for dispute resolution, with four out of every five cases heard by the Commercial Court now involving parties from outside the UK. The calibre of Lawson’s experience in the English Courts, coupled with his versatility, perfectly complements the global nature of our practice and the needs of our clients. He is a highly accomplished litigator with an outstanding reputation and we are delighted that he is joining us.”
Lawson adds: “The international platform A&O offers is second to none, making it one of just a handful of firms that can handle the most complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes facing corporates and banks today. I look forward to becoming a part of the A&O team and contributing to its on-going success. However, after nearly 20 years at Lovells, I will miss the firm very much.”
Lawson’s appointment follows a period of considerable investment by Allen & Overy in its global dispute resolution capabilities. The number of partners in the group has increased by more than 40% in the last five years through a combination of internal promotions and select lateral hiring. Further promotions are anticipated this year.
During the past year alone Allen & Overy has launched a full service dispute resolution practice in Paris with the appointment of three dispute resolution partners (Denis Chemla, Erwin Poisson and Michael Young), added dispute resolution capability to its Australia practice with the hire of partner John Samaha, and bolstered its U.S. IP practice with the appointment of Steve Adkins in Washington.