New Managing Partner and Heads of Commercial Disputes for Hausfeld in London

London, 3 June 2024 - We are delighted to announce that Nicola Boyle will become Hausfeld’s new Managing Partner in London. In addition, Lucy Pert and Ned Beale will become Co-Heads of the Commercial Disputes Team.

Nicola joined Hausfeld London shortly after its launch. A well respected and recognised competition litigator, she brings undisputed expertise in leading large-scale, complex litigation and has been the quiet force behind the growth of our collective redress and group actions practice. She has acted on some of the most significant damages claims of the last decade such as the paraffin wax cartel, the Interchange Fee litigation and is currently leading the collective action against Qualcomm on behalf of Which?.

As a member of the London Management Committee, she has been responsible for the smooth running of Hausfeld’s Operations in London. Nicola was instrumental in the founding of the Collective Redress Lawyers Association (CORLA) and remains a Committee Member involved in the development of policy objectives on behalf of all CORLA members.  

She takes the reins from Lianne Craig on 1 July who stepped down recently and to whom the firm is grateful for her contribution. Her decision followed a serious illness in her family, which required her to shift her focus.

The experienced Lucy Pert and Ned Beale will lead the Commercial Disputes Team as Co-Heads and take over from John McElroy. Both are leading lawyers ranked by the legal directories. Lucy has a strong practice in commercial disputes with a focus on financial services in both litigation and arbitration. Ned continues to act in market leading disputes in the High Court and international arbitration, with particular focuses on aviation and post-M&A claims.

Global Co-Chair Anthony Maton reflects:

“Lianne has played a key role in shaping Hausfeld in London and the entire firm supports her decision to focus time on her family."

"I could not think of a better person to continue our work than Nicola who has a deep understanding of our business and our key practices having played a key role as part of our Management Committee for years. She has helped navigate the firm’s path within the current dynamic and continuously changing environment. I wish her, and know she will have, every success - especially with the excellent counsel from Scott Campbell as Head of Competition and the new leadership of Lucy Pert and Ned Beale as Co-Heads of Commercial Disputes.”

The news follows on from Hausfeld’s recent announcement that Partner Joanna Christoforou joins the Competition Disputes Team on 11 June from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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For more information about Nicola Boyle, Lucy Pert and Ned Beale and their case highlights, please click the link on their names.


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