BLP hires Nic Fletcher as head of International Arbitration

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has appointed industry specialist and international arbitration expert Nic Fletcher as head of International Arbitration within its Litigation and Dispute Resolution team.

Nic, who has spent the last 23 years at Clifford Chance litigating and arbitrating a wide variety of complex international and domestic commercial disputes, has particular experience in corporate investment disputes, financing disputes and engineering and construction matters. This is a highly significant appointment for BLP as it continues to grow it’s litigation and arbitration capabilities both within the UK and internationally.

Nic is admitted to practice in both the UK and the US and has Higher Rights of Audience in the English courts. He is a member of the executive committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy and the ICC Task Force on the New York Convention. His recent experience includes winning an arbitration award of $135 million for a major financial institution – a result described by the client as “the perfect job”.

BLP has been expanding its litigation team for a number of years and has made several high profile appointments. Partners include banking and financial services litigators David Hughes and Segun Osuntokun, FSA investigations and enforcement specialist Nathan Willmott, Wendy Miller in Real Estate Disputes, and more recently Sidney Myers (who joined from Allen & Overy to head BLP’s Financial Services Practice).

Jonathan Sacher, BLP’s head of litigation and dispute resolution, said: “Dispute resolution is changing. Previously most cross border disputes were resolved by litigation in UK or foreign courts, whereas now many are resolved by arbitration. In order to expand our offering to clients in the light of our increased international business, we needed to grow our capabilities. Nic’s hire does exactly that. He is a highly respected figure in the market place and we are delighted that he has decided to join us.”

Nic said: “With the shifting disputes landscape there are opportunities for those firms willing to commit time and resource to become a leading player. BLP is such a firm and it’s international expansion in 2009 has been breathtaking. The key arbitration markets at present are Eastern Europe, the Gulf and the Far East, driven by a combination of commercial expansion, difficulties caused by the current crisis and clients’ determination to avoid the local national court systems. BLP’s new offices in Abu Dhabi and Moscow, plus the expansion of the office in Singapore and its international preferred firm network, mirrors the key arbitration markets and provides us with a wonderful base from which to grow the practice.”

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