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WFW expands global dispute resolution and ESG practice with new partner hire19 May 2022

Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) is delighted to announce that dispute resolution and ESG expert Sarah Ellington has joined the firm as a Partner in London. Sarah joins WFW from DLA Piper where she sat in the Litigation and Regulatory Group as a Legal Director.

Sarah is one of very few practitioners in the UK with experience across the spectrum of ESG disputes, including crisis management and risk mitigation, with a focus on business and human rights. She has over 10 years’ experience resolving disputes for governments, governmental agencies, international organisations and multinational corporations through both formal and informal mechanisms. She regularly advises on risk management and governance issues associated with business, human rights and sustainability agendas, including regulatory and soft law standards, all of which is complimented by her wider disputes practice which focusses on fraud and technology/outsourcing disputes.

Sarah’s excellence is recognised by leading legal directory Chambers Global, who have consistently ranked her as a ‘Global Market Leader for Business and Human Rights Law’ since 2020. She is described as a ‘very skilful litigator’ and ‘a forward-looking lawyer’.

London Dispute Resolution Co-Head Rebecca Williams commented: “I am delighted to welcome Sarah to WFW, her experience across a wide range of ESG-related disputes compliments the firm’s existing expertise in environmental matters and will be key in enhancing our reputation across our core sectors as ESG disputes grow ever more pervasive”.

London Dispute Resolution Co-Head Andrew Ward added: “Sarah is a strong strategic addition to the firm. Her experience in complex multi-jurisdiction litigation and arbitration, including high-profile group litigation and parent company liability claims will be a considerable asset to the London disputes team”.

Sarah commented: “I am excited to be joining WFW’s dynamic disputes resolution team in London and look forward to working with WFW’s existing impressive environmental team and global network to provide practical, holistic ESG advice and dispute resolution solutions to both new and existing clients”.



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