Dundas elbows in on Garretts

The management of Arthur Andersens' existing English law firm, Garretts, is to be shaken up in a bid to accommodate Edinburgh law firm Dundas & Wilson, which announced it was joining Andersens' network last week.

Dundas' chairman Neil Cochran and managing partner Chris Campbell will both, once registered as foreign lawyers in England, become partners in Garretts and will both join Garretts' Julia Chain with equal status in a three-strong UK legal management board.

Chain, meanwhile, is being given a narrower role. While she holds on to the title of Garretts managing partner, she will be in charge of developing the London, Reading and Cambridge offices.

However, while Chain became an Arthur Andersen international partner earlier this summer, allowing her to share in Andersens' international profits, Cochran and Campbell remain, for the time being at least, partners merely in Dundas and Garretts.

Campbell will be in charge of the Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds offices of Garretts as well as the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices of Dundas & Wilson incorporating Dorman Jeffrey & Co.

“My prime responsibility is to integrate the firms,” said Campbell. “We can't have one major firm north and south of the border unless the offices work together as a unit.”

Sean Lippell will continue as northern managing partner, reporting to Campbell.

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