Dorsey defectors like the single life

The most senior partner in the trio of commercial litigation lawyers who moved from Dorsey & Whitney to LG today, as revealed on www.thelawyer.com (8 February), has dubbed the shift “a vote in favour of the solid single office law firm”.

Jean-Pierre Douglas Henry, who became a partner in 2006 on joining from Slaughter and May, said: “We’re going from a multi-office, US platform to a tried-and-tested single office. Which is better: a globalised law firm or a solid single office with best friend law firms? For us it’s a vote in favour of the latter.”

He added: “I don’t think that the globalised law firm offers the same flexibility to clients.”

The partner stressed, however, that his departure from Dorsey, after a little more than two years, was “amicable”.

With the move, Douglas Henry and his colleagues, partner James Curle and senior counsel Thomas Ross, have come full circle by moving back to the model perfected by their previous firm Slaughter and May.