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Missouri-based firm Bryan Cave has set up a UK law commercial litigation practice with the appointment of Sinclair Roche & Temperley partner Rod Cowper.The US firm, which is known for its private client practice and strong coverage of the Middle East, has nine partners in its London office.Cowper, who becomes the tenth partner in London, will focus on non-shipping commercial litigation and corporate recovery.Bryan Cave London managing partner Charles Atlee said: “For some time we have recognised the need to add English litigation experience.”The firm has also hired former Herbert Smith litigation assistant Jeremy Saideman for the London office.Bryan Cave has practised English law since 1999 when the London office restructured as a multinational partnership, although Cowper is the firm’s first dedicated English commercial litigator.The London office also has two other English partners and two English counsel.

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