Arbitration partner Philip Dunham joins Signature in Paris

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Signature Litigation announces the appointment of international arbitration partner Philip Dunham who joins its Paris office from Dechert.

This reflects sustained investment into Signature’s growing international arbitration practice, as evidenced by the recent addition of Philipp Kurek as an international arbitration partner in its London offices.

Philip Dunham’s appointment to Signature’s team comes in the midst of the Firm’s trajectory of growth and continued success in the international arbitration market, which, having grown from being 13% of Signature’s revenues in 2019, now accounts for in excess of 30% of the Firm’s 2023 revenues. Philip is joining Signature as it continues to achieve its goals of expanding its practice and broadening its arbitration offerings, whilst maintaining its conflict-free approach.

With over 30 years’ experience in international arbitration, Philip’s practice covers both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations spanning several international jurisdictions. He is an acknowledged expert in advising in relation to construction and engineering, joint venture, oil and gas, energy, telecoms and military procurement disputes, and regularly acts both for and against state entities. He has represented clients in a number of high-value global disputes, with a particular focus on the Balkans, Middle East and South East-Asia.

Philip is both a qualified Solicitor in England & Wales and is registered as a foreign lawyer at the Paris Bar. He handles a broad range of disputes conducted under ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIAC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID rules.

Commenting on Philip’s appointment, Signature Paris arbitration partner Flore Poloni said: “We are delighted that Philip is joining us in Paris. His internationally recognised practice and his remarkable collaborative intelligence will further strengthen our team as we continue to pursue Signature’s global arbitration growth strategy.”

Philip commented: “I am delighted to be joining the highly regarded arbitration team at Signature and look forward to working with my new colleagues. Signature’s conflict free platform is a compelling market proposition globally and I am excited to contribute to this.”

Founding Partner Graham Huntley commented: “The appointment of Philip to our Paris arbitration practice will further strengthen the team’s work in this area and reinforces our commitment to building upon the successes the practice continues to achieve.”

Philip’s appointment follows the recent addition of Paris litigation Partner Jérémie Fierville in April 2023, and the Firm’s impressive financial results for 2023, announced in September 2023, which saw 19.6% growth in revenues to £32.6 million. Signature has also recently seen longstanding international arbitration partner Natalia Chumak return to the practice, and in the past year Signature also appointed Partner Tsegaye Laurendeau from GBS Disputes and promoted Counsel Neil Newing to Partner as well, deepening the bench of arbitration specialists across the Firm.

Signature Litigation comprises 24 partners and over 100 members across its offices in London, Paris and Gibraltar.

This news was published in Global Arbitration Review, CDR News, The Global Legal Post, Legal Business, Law360, Solicitors Journal, La Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires, Le Monde du Droit and Décideurs Magazine

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