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September/October 2013 round up of lateral partner moves in London

Welcome to the latest round up of lateral partner moves in the London legal market from Edwards Gibson where we look back at partner level recruitment activity in London over the past two months and give you a ‘who’s moved where’ update.


In our last update, we reported that real estate had been taken off the critical condition list.  Its rejuvenation has continued and new life has been breathed into its ancillary areas; there is an increased appetite for non-contentious construction, projects and planning.  Real estate finance is turning to “new money” work, as opposed to the restructurings that were once its mainstay during the lowest ebbs of the recession and funds investing in real estate as an underlying asset are active once more, meaning law firms with strong real estate offerings are getting in on the action.


Attention has been focused from across the Atlantic in the London legal market, with American firms comprising 35% of the hiring firms in this update; this includes the arrival of New York headquartered, litigation focused, Boies Schiller & Flexner into London. 


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In case you missed it, Edwards Gibson partners Scott Gibson and Kristi Edwards co-authored an article published in the September 2013 edition of Legal Business entitled “Why the in-house triumph over law firms may prove short-lived”. It examines how in-house GCs may have put their own positions at risk of being undermined in order to secure a short term advantage over external law firm advisers.  A version of the article, entitled ‘The In-House Triumph over Law Firms - A Pyrrhic victory?’ can be viewed on our website by clicking on the link below:


Click here to view the article on the Edwards Gibson website


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss this article or any other aspect of the market in more depth.

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