Crowell & Moring is adding to its growing cadre of hires from Squire Patton Boggs in London with Laurence Winston, who will co-lead Crowell’s international dispute resolution group.
Winston, who was the U.K head of litigation at Squire Patton Boggs, will boost Crowell’s ability to serve commercial litigation clients and help with fraud investigations and asset recovery actions in Britain and globally.
Winston is the sixth new partner to join the firm in London in the last six months. Robert Weekes, who ran Squire Patton Boggs’ London office for ten years, has been managing partner of Crowell’s London office since January. Several partners followed Weekes, and Bloomberg Law reported in March that Winston was planning to make the lateral switch.
“I have worked with Laurence for many years and I know him to be an excellent strategic problem solver for clients,” Weekes said in a statement. “He will be a huge asset to this firm. We are growing strategically in London and have plans for additional targeted growth.”
Crowell, which recently celebrated its 40-year anniversary, has been looking to further expand beyond its Washington roots. Along with London, the firm plans to recruit more attorneys in Los Angeles, Orange County, Calif., New York, and Brussels, firm chair Phil Inglima said earlier this month.
The London office has doubled in size in the past six months, according to the firm.
As a commercial litigator, Winston represents banks, asset-based lenders, and other financial institutions in the U.K., the U.S., and elsewhere. He also has experience with data security and cybersecurity, complex banding and investment disputes, and employee fraud cases.
Among other matters, he represented Cambridge Analytica in a high-profile dispute over alleged data breaches. He also advised a sovereign wealth fund in the Middle East, obtaining worldwide freezing injunctions for over $300 million, and handled a $1 billion arbitration dispute involving a large steel plant in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Winston said he plans to expand Crowell’s cross-border litigation and international arbitration capabilities in the UK. “This is a wonderful opportunity to join a group that is clearly on the move in the London legal market,” he said in a statement.