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Shell launch new global disputes group

11th May 2012

Oil giants Royal Dutch Shell have announced the launch of a new global disputes branch to deal with its litigation and arbitration matters, and have appointed the partner of a leading firm as its associate general counsel.

The newly-formed Legal Services Global Litigation (LSGL) group will be split into two sub-groups known as Global Litigation International and Global Litigation Americas, with Richard Hill due to begin work at his new post in August of this year.

Four managing counsel will undertake the new department’s work. The dispute areas will be divided into: Europe, the Middle East and North Africa; sub-Saharan Africa; Asia-Pacific East; and Asia-Pacific West.

Mr Hill commented that he was pleased to be able to move to an in-house position, whilst continuing with dispute resolution, his area of expertise.

Shell’s latest legal recruitment drive, which has also seen a new managing counsel and legal director take up roles within the company, has further added to the formidable strength of its worldwide team of around 600 in-house solicitors.