Dentons grows in Scotland with double partner hire

18/09/2023
Dentons Partners Phil Knight and Steph Innes

DENTONS, the world’s largest global law firm, has announced the hires of Philip Knight and Steph Innes as partners in Scotland. Philip joined the firm’s Edinburgh office on 12 September, while Steph joined in Glasgow on 18 September.

Claire Armstrong, Managing Partner of Dentons in Scotland, said: ‘Steph and Philip will be real assets to our growing Scottish offices. We are committed to investing in Scotland’s brightest legal talent and using Dentons’ unique global reach to support clients on their most complex issues across practices, sectors and geographies.’

Steph Innes rejoins Dentons from leading industrial energy solutions provider Aggreko, where she was Head of Group Legal. Prior to this, she spent ten years as a Senior Associate in Dentons’ Scotland TMT practice. Steph is also a part time commercial contracts tutor at the University of Glasgow.

Henrietta Baker, Head of Dentons’ TMT practice for the UK, Ireland and Middle East said, ‘I am delighted to welcome Steph back to Dentons. As a partner specialising in intellectual property, data protection and technology transactions, her arrival will allow us better to serve our clients in Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally.’

Philip has joined the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration practice, arriving from Womble Bond Dickinson where he was head of litigation in Scotland. Previously, he spent 11 years in DWF’s Real Estate Litigation team. He has extensive experience advising on contractual disputes, real estate disputes, insolvency and director disqualification, licensing, regulatory, professional negligence, interdicts and financial services disputes. He joins Dentons’ fast-growing Disputes team, which currently includes over 90 lawyers across the UK and Ireland. In the firm’s recent announcement of its partner promotions seven originated from the Disputes team.

Louisa Caswell, head of the Disputes team for Dentons in the UK said, ‘I am thrilled to welcome Philip to our Disputes team. His broad experience as a first-class litigator will help us towards our goal of creating a thriving Scottish disputes practice that is leading on cases for local, national and international clients.’

Paul Jarvis, Chief Executive for the UK, Ireland and Middle East (UKIME) region of Dentons, added, We are delighted that Philip and Steph have joined the high-quality group of partners who are committed to strengthening our position as the premium international law firm in Scotland.’

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