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Readers will recall a story a couple of weeks back (26 February) that flagged up the Fleet Street firm's arbitration practice, which was to be bolstered by the return of three partners to London.
As the story revealed, New York-based partner Nigel Rawding was expected to be the first of the trio to head to London in April, with Amsterdam-based partner Brian King moving back in the summer and French partner Constantine Partasides also moving back to the Big Smoke before the autumn.
According to global head of arbitration Jan Paulsson, it was London's position as the world's leading arbitration centre that had prompted the return so that Freshfields "had a greater firefighting practice in the capital".
Now, however, word has reached Tulkinghorn that there may be more to this move. "Partasides was apparently sick of France and wanted to come back to the capital," said the mole, "while Freshfields wasn't really sure what Brian King was up to in Amsterdam so thought it best to bring him back too. As for Nigel Rawding - well that might be genuine."