McCarthy Denning welcomes three new partners as ambitious growth strategy begins

Original next generation law firm, McCarthy Denning, has strengthened its employment, commercial and litigation offerings with the addition of three new partners. Employment lawyer and part-time Judge, Louise Skehan, who previously ran her own law firm, joins alongside international litigator and commercial lawyer, Michael Brotchie, who was previously at Canadian law firm Hobbs Giroday, and litigator Gordon Adam who joins from Monro Wright & Wasbroough LLP where he was Head of Dispute Resolution. The three appointments follow McCarthy Denning’s conversion to an ABS in March of this year and the firm’s announcement that it is looking to grow to 50 lawyers by the end of 2017.

Louise is a highly experienced employment lawyer who advises employers and employees on the full range of employment law issues, both contentious and non-contentious. Louise provides her clients with prompt and commercially minded solutions to sensitive and complex employment matters and is skilled in recognising and reacting to crisis management issues that may arise out of them. Her clients range from quoted companies and hedge funds to senior executives and equity partners. In addition, Louise sits as a part-time Judge in the Employment Tribunal.


A dual-qualified lawyer in the UK and Canada, with higher rights of audience in the civil courts, Michael specialises in commercial transactions and dispute resolution. Michael advises clients on a wide range of matters, including contentious and non-contentious property issues, civil fraud, corporate and commercial disputes, cross-border issues and injunctive relief. He also has particular expertise advising on jurisdictional challenges. Michael’s cross-border expertise will further strengthen the advice already offered to McCarthy Denning’s large international client base.

Gordon specialises in cross-border litigation, partnership disputes, professional negligence and acting for receivers. A CEDR accredited mediator who previously practised as a barrister, Gordon is a highly regarded litigator who has extensive experience of high value disputes for UK and foreign entities. In addition, Gordon spent a number of years with the Serious Fraud Office.

Warren Wooldridge, McCarthy Denning co-founder and CEO, comments:

“We are pleased to welcome Louise, Michael and Gordon to McCarthy Denning as we action our ambitious plan to grow the firm to 50 lawyers by the end of 2017 and 100 lawyers by the end of 2018. As well as being excellent lawyers, Louise, Michael and Gordon also have strong commercial acumen from the broad experience they have gained. This is a hallmark of McCarthy Denning lawyers who shun the traditional law firm model to work through a firm that is built around the needs of the client and where lawyers are empowered to work with agility and autonomy.”