Posted Jan 23, 2008 05:53 pm CST
One of London’s biggest and best-known law firms has restructured its litigation management team, adding a steering group of international partners and a newly created firmwide general counsel to help the global head of litigation oversee the magic circle firm’s worldwide operations.
As part of this change in focus, the former head of global litigation at Allen & Overy, Andrew Clark, has stepped down to assume the new general counsel post. He is being replaced by Tim House, who will also chair the international steering group, reports the Lawyer. The other steering group members: Joost Everaert, who works in A&O’s Belgium office; Michael Feldberg from the New York office; and Angus Ross from the Hong Kong office.
House tells the legal publication that the restructuring of the firm’s litigation management team is intended to bring into “sharper focus” the firm’s global litigation work for strategic clients. “If you simply look at the home base you’re bound to miss some nuances,” he says. “To have four of us, one from each of our bases, should give added perspective.”
In a similar vein, Clark tells Legal Week that “We want to pull in all our thinking from Asia, US and Europe. Legal firms are less structured than commercial companies [and this] represents a consolidation of knowledge.”