Haberman Illett Opens New Paris Office; Adds Top Arbitration Expert Witness

Andrew Flower has left his role as global leader of Deloitte’s disputes practice to launch Haberman Ilett’s new office in France.

Having largely promoted from within in recent years, the firm has hired Flower to head up its French operations, in part due to his knowledge and experience of the market there. The firm is hoping to establish a strong presence in the city, with plans to add a further five experts to the office by the end of the year.

Flower told WWL: “I have been practising in Paris for the last 20 years and it remains one of the most important centres for international arbitration.”

Haberman Ilett’s growth and success is exemplary of the move in recent years away from the dominance of the Big Four in arbitration expert witness work. As conflicts of interest continue to hamper larger firms’ ability to involve themselves in some international arbitrations, boutique offerings are on the rise in expert witness work generally. All of Haberman Illett’s partners are formerly from Big Four practices, and the firm is looking to apply the experience they are able to bring as it continues to expand.

Flower is a highly experienced expert who has given evidence in over 150 disputes across a range of arbitral seats. He has twice been listed in WWL: Arbitration Thought Leaders and has featured in WWL: Arbitration as a recommended expert witness for the past five years. He has also been listed in all three editions of WWL: Consulting Experts.

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