A New Chapter for Neil Gerrard in his Life with Dechert

Neil Gerrard, a lawyer with Dechert LLP and former partner, has left to join the international law firm, Clifford Chance. Neil Gerrard will be based in Hong Kong and will head up its China office. He joined Clifford Chance on April 1st, 2017. This is just one of many changes that have happened over the last few months at Dechert. In January, two new appointments to the senior partnership were: William Courtenay became global co-head of litigation, and partners David Cohen (formerly global co-head of finance), and Nicholas Lowles (global co-head of tax) became global co-heads of their respective practices.


Successful attorney Neil Gerrard worked at Dechert white collar law firm for over four years, joining the firm in 2011 from Allen & Overy LLP. Neil Gerrard was a partner and head of the legal technology practice group at London-based law firm Dechert LLP. Previously Neil Gerrard was an associate with Clifford Chance LLP, where he held various roles, including global co-leader of transaction services and worldwide director of intellectual property management.


Neil Gerrard has also been recognized as one of “The 20 Most Influential People in Legal Technology” by American Lawyer magazine and honored by Chambers & Partners UK 2016: Band One rankings for his work in eDiscovery. Neil Gerrard is proficient in Mandarin Chinese language skills when working on China-related matters or corporate transactions. Neil Gerrard will be responsible for developing business opportunities in Asia-Pacific, including Hong Kong, China, and Japan. 


Clifford Chance has a strong presence in London with offices across Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific, but this is its first office in Hong Kong. It opened last year to provide ‘high-quality legal advice on complex cross-border deals involving Chinese companies or investors. The firm also announced that Neil Gerrard would lead the new team of lawyers based there. To date, six partners have joined him from Allen & Overy LLP (Hong Kong), Baker Botts LLP (Asia) LLC, Greenberg Traurig (Middle East); Jardines; Slaughter, and May, along with two associates who were previously at clients like Goldman Sachs and HSBC.