Former ICC court Deputy Secretary General Jennifer Kirby has left Herbert Smith LLP in Paris to launch her own boutique focusing on smaller international arbitration claims.
The new firm entitled ‘Kirby’ will implement the use of ‘alternative fee arrangements’ as standard, and charge for ‘value delivered’ as opposed to hours spent on a case.
According to Kirby, “There are a number of people who have broken off from larger firms to found boutique practices. In my view, that’s just a reflection of market demand for arbitration services at a price point that makes sense.”
Kirby focuses on commercial arbitration and has worked on cases in the construction, engineering, pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under all the major arbitral rules.
She features in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers.