Arbitration and litigation expert Peter Rees QC has announced he is to join Royal Dutch Shell as general counsel based in The Hague.
He joins from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP where he was partner in the firm’s litigation department and a member of its international dispute resolution group based in its London office.
He will succeed retiring legal practitioner Beat Hess and will manage a department of more than 600 lawyers worldwide.
Rees has extensive experience of complex international disputes in the industrial, financial, commercial, insurance, construction, engineering and energy sectors and has represented corporations, government departments, local governmental authorities, inter-governmental agencies, and professionals in many multi-million dollar disputes.
Rees will begin his new role on 15 November and will take over as legal director on 1 January 2011.
Commenting on his new post, Rees said: “I’m excited about the challenge of a new type of role, as well as learning more about the oil and gas industry and being part of what, I’m told, is a fantastic team of in-house lawyers.”
Of his current firm Debevoise, Rees has stated that it is full of “extremely bright lawyers of the highest quality” and he will miss the “partnership” and “indeed the whole firm”.
“I have enjoyed seeing the Debevoise disputes team expand over the years. When I arrived in 2006, after 27 years with Norton Rose, I was the sole partner working alongside four associates. Now I’m one of four partners and 16 associates. I’ll miss seeing the group continue to develop.”
Rees features in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators and The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers.