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William Peake

Global Managing Partner, Harneys

John O'Driscoll

Partner, Harneys

Harneys appoints litigation and insolvency market leader to launch expanded London offering

Harneys appoints litigation and insolvency market leader to launch expanded London offering

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John O’Driscoll joins the firm from another offshore firm, where he led their Insolvency & Dispute Resolution team in London, practising the laws of BVI and Cayman

Harneys has hired John O’Driscoll to lead its London-based Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring practice, effective from 6 November 2023. 

John advises on all forms of formal officeholder appointments and his client base includes creditors, debtors, banks, hedge funds, and private equity funds. He has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional disputes and restructurings. His arrival also brings significant experience to Harneys’ preeminent disputes practice in the cryptocurrency and digital assets space.

Underlining its commitment to growing the London office, the firm has also hired Paul Goss as Of Counsel on 2 October 2023. Paul specialises in contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency work.

Together with these hires, Partner Paul Madden and Senior Associate Gerrard Tin have relocated from Luxembourg and BVI respectively to London. Paul and Gerrard also specialise in insolvency and commercial litigation, and will advise clients on restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency issues This will significantly bolster the established team in London, made up of Partners Jeremy Child and Francesca Gibbons.

William Peake, Harneys Global Managing Partner, commented: “The rejuvenation of key teams allied to attracting the very best practitioners has long been our aim and we are delighted to welcome John to the firm. As we advise clients navigating global economic turbulence, we are seeing a growing need for our restructuring and insolvency expertise. John will play an important role in the evolution of our Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring practice, and our long established market leading team in London will continue to provide impeccable service to our clients.”

John is ranked by Chambers and Partners and is noted as a Leading Individual in Legal 500. He is also co-founder of the RAIIDAR International network of over 1,000 insolvency and restructuring professionals in London.

He is the latest partner hire for the firm’s Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring group, with the addition of Cayman Partner Ben Hobden in September.