Addleshaws adds litigant from crypto-focused law firm

Addleshaw Goddard has added a litigation partner to its international commercial litigation team.

Paul Ferguson joins Addleshaws in its London office from blockchain law firm Ontier, where he was head of litigation. Ontier specializes in bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency, and has 21 offices around the world.

Ferguson leaves the company after 15 years, having been at Charles Russell Speechlys between 2000 and 2007. His practice focuses on digital assets and cryptocurrencies.

He has advised clients in commercial disputes and arbitration matters in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America – as well as cross-border disputes arising from the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.

Commenting on the hire, Mark Molyneux, Head of Litigation at Addleshaw, said Ferguson has brought a wealth of experience to the firm, adding: “Cryptocurrency, cybercrime and claims involving digital assets are becoming more and more complex but increasingly common, requiring specialized legal and industry knowledge. .”

The announcement follows a number of hires by Addleshaw over the past few weeks, including a trio of partners earlier this month. This included Claire Edwards, head of information law at Pinsent Masons.

The firm also recently announced a record number of senior promotions, with 20 lawyers joining the partnership – as well as an increase in the base salaries of its newly qualified lawyers in London to £95,000, from £82,000 previously.

Ontier declined to comment on Ferguson’s departure when contacted.

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