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Shell Recruits Debevoise Litigation Partner as New Legal Chief

Friederike Heine

Legal Week

October 14, 2010

Debevoise & Plimpton litigation partner Peter Rees is set to leave the firm to take up a new role as legal director at Shell.

Rees, who will join the oil and gas giant on Nov. 15, will take over as legal director at the beginning of next year when current incumbent Beat Hess retires.

Rees will take responsibility for Shell’s global legal function and will advise group management on all legal matters. The Shell legal function comprises 1,200 staff, of which around 720 are lawyers and 80 are intellectual property professionals.

Debevoise managing partner James Scoville said: “This is a great honor and a terrific opportunity for Peter, and we wish him every success. That said, he will certainly be missed, both personally and professionally, in London and throughout the firm.”

Rees had acted on many complex international disputes, and has represented clients including corporations, government departments, local governmental authorities and inter-governmental agencies.

Lord Goldsmith, Debevoise’s European chair of litigation, said: “Peter leaves the litigation department immeasurably stronger than when he joined. We will miss him but we will be continuing to build on the work he has so successfully done.”

Rees took silk at Debevoise in 2009 as one of just three solicitor advocates to make the grade that year.

Before joining Shell in 2003, Hess spent 26 years at energy company ABB, including 15 years as GC and company secretary.

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