Fieldfisher has launched a dedicated unit in Berlin for legal tech and operations, targeting and anticipating growth in the mass litigation market in Germany.
The unit, Fieldfisher X, launches with 10 professionals, including five lawyers and three partners, in legal tech, data science, operations and litigation, the firm said in a statement on Friday. It expects the unit to grow to 50 people within the coming months.
Mass litigation is a growing field in Germany, and other firms have expanded their practices or formed specialized units in the past year.
Fieldfisher X will be led by Jan Wildhirth, who joined the firm earlier this year as a partner in legal tech and operations.
Prior to joining Fieldfisher, Wildhirth founded eagle lsp, an alternative legal services provider focusing on mass litigation and legal tech and based in Hamburg.
He previously practiced as a lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and worked at the German media and tech company Axel Springer as chief operating officer the digital consultancy Axel Springer hy.
The other partners on the team are Philipp Plog, managing partner for Germany and an IP enforcement and litigation specialist, and Jonas Mark, a dispute resolution specialist.
The unit will allow Fieldfisher to provide “scalable legal services for companies and public institutions threatened with or already facing large mass litigation claims in Germany,” the firm said.
Areas of litigation include antitrust damage, data leaks, incorrect capital markets disclosures, consumer revocation and personal health insurance premium adjustments, the firm said.
“Companies and public institutions are increasingly confronted with challenges such as mass litigation, cyber risks and ever more complex regulation, which require a combination of intelligent legal advice and tailored technology-based solutions,” the firm said in a statement.
“Fieldfisher X is a radical step for Fieldfisher and for the mass litigation market in Germany,” Wildhirth said in a statement. “We are not just creating an in-house center of excellence, but a new entity that will work directly with clients and actively engage with the market.”
In January, PwC Legal expanded its dispute resolution and litigation division. And in December, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer established a special unit to deal with mass “dieselgate”-style claims.. Also last year, Deloitte Legal and Frommer Legal founded a new firm that specializes in defending against mass lawsuits.