02:23, June 29 752 0

2017-06-29 02:23:12
Paul Hastings’ Duncan quits for Joseph Hage Aaronson

High-profile Paul Hastings litigation partner Michelle Duncan has left the firm to join transatlantic disputes boutique Joseph Hage Aaronson, The Lawyer can reveal.

Duncan’s practice focuses on banking and corporate litigation, with a concentration in particular on securities and insolvency-related matters.

Four years ago the London litigation boutique Hage Aaronson expanded its international reach by setting up a referral relationship with New York disputes firm Gregory Joseph.

As part of the deal Hage Aaronson, set up in March 2013 by tax silk Graham Aaronson QC with former One Essex Court barrister Joe Hage, became Joseph Hage Aaronson, reflecting the referral relationship between the firms.

In January 2009 the London office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft was rocked by the mass walkout of seven London partners to Paul Hastings, including Duncan, a move so potentially calamitous that some market sources suggested it could prompt Cadwalader to shut down in London altogether.

In fact eight years on Cadwalader has bounced back, posting a City revenue of $44.9m for 2016, according to the most recent US Top 50 report, with a total headcount of around 60 lawyers.

The $63.2m London office of Paul Hastings has also been on a growth spurt, with recent laterals including DLA Piper corporate crime and investigations partner Simon Airey earlier this year as well as Ashurst finance partners Michael Smith, Diala Minott and Cameron Saylor in 2016.

A Paul Hastings spokesperson said: “We wish Michelle well”.