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Herbies mulls Australia to jump-start global plan

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  • Does this mean Australian salaries will be scaled back to UK levels?

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  • A Freehills merger in particular would be amazing and transformational for both firms but I will believe it when I see it.

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  • Never. Going. To. Happen.
    Honestly, where does they come up with this stuff...

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  • The main australian firms are too big as they are. There's a reason the CC/Mallesons thing didn't pan out, but there could well be some ambitious teams within these firms doing some thinking though.

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  • Herbies has one of the strongest resources practices in the City - and legions of Australia lawyers. Wouldn't be surprised if they opened one or another.

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  • With respect, haven't we heard all this sort of thing before from Primrose Street? The promise of formalising the laughably confusing arrangement in Europe, at which clients still nod politely while privately shrugging their shoulders at what it all means. The tantalising hints of serious relationships in the US. Now, again, a whisper, a suggestion, while concrete action is conspicuous by its absence.
    I think we've all been waiting for Herbert Smith to make a proper global move for about a decade.

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  • Herbies may indeed enter the Oz market, but it's very doubtful that it would be in the shape of a marriage with Freehills. The cultures/firm positionings don't align. My money would be on Blakes. And if that were to occur, Freehills, along with Mallesons and Allens would really start to feel the cold winds from England.

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