Lucas joins from Baker Botts where he was a partner in the International Dispute Resolution practice. He has over 10 years' experience advising clients on commercial disputes in the telecommunications, banking, energy and aviation sectors.
Lucas specialises in banking, technology and fraud disputes and is experienced in obtaining freezing injunctions, pre-action and specific disclosure orders as well as providing advice on foreign proceedings. He advises on cases under the Civil Procedure Rules of the English Court, DIFC, ICC, LCIA, GCC Commercial Centre and DIAC arbitrations as well as arbitrations proceeding under the 1996 Arbitration Act and the Oman Arbitration Act.
Lucas is admitted to practice in England, Wales and the United Arab Emirates.
Anders Nilsson, Managing Partner of the United Arab Emirates at Bird & Bird says: "I am delighted to welcome Lucas to Bird & Bird. He has a strong track record as an advisor on heavy-weight disputes in the Middle East. His experience will not only boost our capabilities in Dubai but across the firm's international offices. I look forward to him joining our team."
Peter Knight, Sophie Eyre and Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa, co -heads of Bird & Bird's International Dispute Resolution practice comment: "With the arrival of Lucas Pitts in the Gulf region, we have added to our strong international litigation and arbitration presence across all the main EMEA markets. With experience in telecommunications, banking, energy and aviation, Lucas fits perfectly into our sector focus. Coupled with his ability to advise on international arbitrations, Lucas boosts our all-round cross-border dispute resolution capabilities, enabling us to offer clients a truly flexible, tailored and global approach. "
Lucas adds: "Bird & Bird is a truly international and innovative law firm. Its strong focus working in business sectors where technology plays a key role will provide me with the ideal platform to advise clients on commercial disputes in the technology & communications, finance, aviation and defence sector groups. I'm very much looking forward to working with my new colleagues in the UAE and across the firm."