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Signature completes new hire in latest litigation move

16th January 2017

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The latest development in a flurry of litigation personnel changes that have kicked off 2017 is the move of Simon Bushell, former Latham & Watkins London litigation chair, to the rapidly growing disputes boutique firm Signature Litigation.

Bushell is a major acquisition for Signature, who he described in The Lawyer as having a “formidable reputation as a conflict free, exclusively disputes focused firm, with a fearless approach to handling complex cases.” Before his three years as a partner at Latham’s, Bushell enjoyed a similar role at Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), where he was a fixture for over a decade-and-a-half.

Signature’s ‘rising star’ status has been bestowed upon it as a result of the firm’s increasingly high profile caseload, with more and more big commercial outfits trusting the expertise of a private practice that was only formed in 2012.

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Recent clients include the RBoS Shareholders Action Group, who are pursuing the Royal Bank of Scotland in a long-running rights issue dispute, and the mining conglomerate ENRC, whom they are defending against allegations of corruption by the Serious Fraud Office.

Graham Huntley, Signature’s founder who still heads up the firm, was clearly pleased with securing Bushell as a partner: “Simon’s strong reputation, especially in civil fraud, speaks for itself. We have grown substantially and Signature is a strong platform for another senior litigator such as him. He is highly commercial, imaginative and a great tactician.”

Bushell’s legal job hire is just one of a number which have already been seen in the litigation sector during the first days of the year; perhaps the most significant announcement of them all came on Tuesday 3 January, when it was revealed that HSF had hired six members of Hogan Lovells’ Paris-based litigation team. Linklaters, meanwhile, have taken on Susanna Cao Miranda (former managing director of Goldman Sachs) as a partner.

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