Pinsent Masons builds up construction arbitration team

The UK-based law firm has hired an ex-counsel from Clifford Chance’s Parisian office, in a bid to strengthen its foothold in African energy and infrastructure.

Pinsent Masons, the London-headquartered law firm, has appointed Peter Rosher as partner. 
Rosher joins from Clifford Chance, where he was part of the firm’s international arbitration group for 17 years. There he represented clients across Europe, Asia and the Gulf, with a specific focus on the construction and energy sectors.  
Rosher is a board member of the arbitration association in Paris, a body that promotes the city as a centre for international dispute resolution. He is also a lecturer at the University of Versailles. 
At Pinsent Masons, he will focus on international arbitration within the infrastructure and energy sectors, notably Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), power and major civil infrastructure projects. He will be based in Paris. 
His appointment echoes recent efforts made by the firm to gain greater presence in emerging markets. “Paris is not only one of the most significant arbitration centres in the world, but also a key gateway for those doing business in Africa. Peter's appointment is a coup for us and adds to the significant capability that already exists in the firm in relation to disputes across the construction and energy sectors,” commented Christoph Maurer, head of Pinsent Masons’ Paris office. 
Rosher is the third senior hire made by the firm to strengthen its energy and infrastructure capabilities this year, after the appointment of Frederic Gillion and John Gilbert as partners last January. Gillion, who came from construction law specialist Elliott Fenwick, joined Pinsent Masons’ Parisian team, while Gilbert, formerly senior legal counsel at British Petroleum, is now based in London.