Sports & media lateral hire for Burges Salmon litigation team

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11 November 2011

Accomplished commercial litigator Mark Gay joins leading UK law firm Burges Salmon as a partner, bringing with him broad High Court and arbitration experience, including a specialism in media and sport.

Formerly a partner at DLA Piper, Mark has been described by Chambers as one of the best litigators in the country. He has appeared before a wide range of tribunals including the English High Court and Court of Appeal, plus private disciplinary panels, including those of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Peter Morris, the managing partner of Burges Salmon said: "We are delighted that Mark is joining us here at Burges Salmon. He has an excellent reputation in the sports and media business and is a first class litigation and arbitration lawyer. Our aim is for him to deploy all of these skills at the firm. We are all very excited about his move."

Head of disputes at Burges Salmon, Paul Haggett, commented: “With his breadth of experience and specialist expertise in media and sport, Mark’s appointment to the team was an obvious choice. We are regularly involved in arbitrations and industry-specific dispute resolution, in fact we are currently working on two of the biggest litigation cases in the UK. We are confident this role will give Mark the opportunity to continue to surpass his clients’ expectations and help to preserve the very high standards we offer across the team.”

Mark Gay said: "I have really enjoyed my time at DLA Piper, which is a first rate outfit going from strength to strength. I leave behind not just colleagues but friends. However, the pull to do something new after over 25 years in London is too strong and when the Burges Salmon opportunity came up I felt it was an exciting opportunity I could not refuse."

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