Pinsent Masons appoints first Islamic finance chief

Published: April 30, 2010

Sinclair to develop firm’s new service.

Law firm Pinsent Masons is to strengthen its banking and finance operations after rehiring a former employee to build an Islamic finance practice.

Al-Harith Sinclair will use his knowledge and experience of such finance structures to develop and lead the new department. He joins the firm’s London office as a partner in May and is to work closely with its international projects and infrastructure specialists to develop funding, financial services and regulatory opportunities in the UK and throughout the Gulf.

Sinclair returns to the firm five years after leaving to establish and manage a similar practice for DLA Piper in Dubai.

Pinsent Masons partner Stephen Miles says the new hire shows the firm’s commitment to expanding its banking and finance team. “Islamic finance is an area of growing importance and broadening geographical reach. It is an area of expertise which the team has for some time considered necessary to allow it to fulfil its strategic objective of being a broad-based international finance practice.”