FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1 February, 2016 (London)
Hausfeld is pleased to announce the promotion of Tom Bolster, Lesley Hannah, Wessen Jazrawi, Natalya King and David Lawne to Senior Associates. The appointments reflect their experience, legal skills and excellent reputation both within the team and externally with clients and peers and the key roles they are playing within the firm. The excellence of their contribution is also reflected in the recent recognition of Tom, Wessen and David as Rising Stars in London for Commercial Litigation and Antitrust/Competition Litigation by leading practitioners in the United Kingdom through Super Lawyers.
Hausfeld has seen an unprecedented year of growth both in its core practice area – private enforcement of competition law – as well as in its general commercial, financial services and human rights litigation teams and the promotions reflect the leadership role which each Senior Associate takes on cases and the development of the firm.
Tom Bolster has been co-leading Associate on the air cargo litigation, and has also acted for a number of international automotive manufacturers, arising out of the car glass and other auto-parts cartels.
Lesley Hannah has been a co-lead Associate on the air cargo litigation, a damages claim against British Airways in relation to the worldwide cartel in air freight surcharges, and one of the largest private enforcement claims ever brought in Europe. Lesley also represented Deutsche Bahn and other national railways in their damages claim in relation to the carbon and graphite products cartel.
Wessen Jazrawi is lead Associate on a claim for a group of international retailers in proceedings against MasterCard and Visa, covering operations in 18 European countries. Wessen also helps lead the firm’s human rights practice, representing several Zambian communities in a claim relating to environmental pollution.
Natalya King joined Hausfeld in September 2015 as an Associate, having previously worked in the litigation team at a leading US firm, and in the in-house dispute resolution team of one of New Zealand’s largest banks. Natalya has a wealth of experience in contractual disputes, negligence claims, and insolvency and credit recovery matters and is helping develop the firm’s fast growing financial services practice.
David Lawne has an outstanding record of expanding the firm’s general commercial and financial litigation practice, following a lead on the ground-breaking Guardian Care Homes claim against Barclays Bank in relation to LIBOR manipulations and misrepresentations. David advises on a number of complex commercial disputes, focusing on banking litigation on behalf of SMEs, several of which found themselves in liquidation after having entered into unsuitable financial instruments during the financial crisis.
Commenting on the promotions, London Managing Partner Anthony Maton says: “The promotion of Tom, Lesley, Wessen, Natalya and David reflects the continued growth of Hausfeld as a litigation specialist. The five have been leading the expansion of the firm’s practice at associate level, ensuring the provision of legal advice of the highest quality to our clients and allowing us to go from strength to strength.”
Hausfeld is a leading global law firm with offices in Berlin, Brussels, London, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The firm has a broad range of complex litigation expertise, particularly in antitrust/competition, financial services, sports and entertainment, environmental, mass torts, consumer protection, and human rights matters, often with an international dimension. Hausfeld aims to achieve the best possible results for clients through its practical and commercial approach, avoiding litigation where feasible, yet litigating robustly when necessary. Hausfeld’s extensive experience with alternative and innovative fee models offers clients a diverse menu of engagement options and maximum flexibility in terms of managing their cost exposure.
Hausfeld is the only claimants firm to be ranked by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a top tier firm in private enforcement of antitrust/competition law in both the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information about the firm, including recent trial victories and landmark settlements, please visit: www.hausfeld.com