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Cobbetts is launching an office in London to service international clients gained through its recent merger with niche Manchester mining firm Fox Brooks Marshall.
Fox Brooks has a strong international mining practice. In January it advised Russian company Highland Gold on its £200m admission to AIM, which at the time was the second largest placing on the secondary market. Cobbetts is not making a play for the London market, but is looking at premises in Cannon Street to be staffed on a rotational basis by lawyers and personnel from its existing bases in Manchester and Leeds.
Cobbetts managing partner Michael Shaw said: “This is purely something to service existing clients. We’re not setting up with the idea of competing in the London market.”
As revealed by The Lawyer, Cobbetts, which is headquartered in Manchester, merged with Fox Brooks earlier this month. The firm also merged with Leeds firm Read Hind Stewart last May and is currently finalising merger negotiations with Birmingham firm Lee Crowder.