KWM appoints two dispute resolution heavy weights for future evolution and growth

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King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is delighted to welcome two leading dispute resolution (DR) experts to the partnership, as the firm bolsters its offering in response to the evolving dispute resolution landscape.

Damian Lovell and Hamish Macpherson are recognised as preeminent in their areas of expertise.

Damian joins the firm from National Australia Bank, where he was a litigation consultant. Prior to that Damian spent 6 years as the Vice President of litigation at BHP and 12 years as a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Hamish comes most recently from White & Case, having previously been the Global Head of the Construction Disputes practice at Herbert Smith Freehills, where he had been a Partner since 2005.

Damian and Hamish have extensive experience across financial services, energy and resources, industrial, real estate and infrastructure sectors. Both Damian and Hamish will be based in Sydney.

Managing Partner of KWM's Dispute Resolution practice, Peter Pether said:

"Our differentiation and strength is in significant and complex litigation, supplemented by specialist expertise. The arrival of both Damian and Hamish will amplify this, building on our strategic capability to help our clients resolve disputes and regulatory issues effectively, quickly and with minimum distraction to their core businesses."

Berkeley Cox, the firm's Chief Executive Partner, Australia, said that KWM is thrilled to welcome Damian and Hamish to KWM's Dispute Resolution practice.

"KWM's reputation in the dispute resolution market is built on the quality of our people and the commercial outcomes they help our clients achieve.

Over several years we have deliberately focussed on growing our pipeline of future dispute resolution leaders and positioning the practice for continued growth and success. We are very pleased to be able to complement our existing strengths with the calibre of Damian and Hamish to continue to meet our clients' needs."

Hamish will join the KWM partnership in April and Damian in May 2019.