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TwoBirds lures India disputes head Nick Peacock from Herbert Smith where Andrew Cannon takes over

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India group litigator Nick Peacock joins TwoBirds from Herbies

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) London-based India litigation head Nick Peacock, who had been with the firm for more than 20 years, has joined Bird & Bird and will head up its international arbitration team from London.

“I shall retain my interest and focus on India,” he said, as one of HSF’s more regular visitors to India.

Peacock specialises in international dispute resolution with a particular focus on the tech and communications, financial services and energy and utilities sectors.

He had been partner at HSF since 2007, and had been head of its Singapore international arbitration practice before becoming India disputes head (he also co-chaired the firm’s Nordic group, focusing on Northern Europe).

HSF India head Chris Parsons confirmed Peacock’s move, saying: “Yes, great opportunity for Nick to head an arbitration group.

“Andrew Cannon will take over as head of India disputes – he is deputy head of our arbitration practice globally and will work alongside Paula Hodges QC global head of our arbitration practice and will become much more active in India.”

Nick PeacockWork history From: Apr 2021: Partner & Head of International Arbitration, London, Bird & BirdFull-time (London) From: Jul 2020: Member, Investment Arbitration Sub-Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) From: Mar 2020: Board Member, The IDRC From: Oct 2016: Council Member, Mumbai Centre For International Arbitration From: Sep 2015: Users Council Member, Singapore International Arbitration Centre From: Mar 2010: Users Council Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) 2007 – Apr 2021: Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills 2009 – 2012: Head of Singapore International Arbitration practice, Herbert Smith Freehills (Singapore)Education 2007 – 2008: King’s College London, Diploma in EU Competition Law, 1995 – 1997: Nottingham Law School, Post-Graduate Diploma in Law & Legal Practice Course, 1991 – 1994: University of Oxford, BA (Hons), Modern History Andrew CannonWork history From: Mar 2010: Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills Jun 2001 – Mar 2010: Senior Assistant Legal Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sep 1997 – Jun 2001: Associate, Herbert Smith FreehillsEducation University of Cambridge, Master of Arts (M.A.), Law Princeton University, Procter Fellow, International Relations

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