Freshfields to place City staff in Dubai and Moscow

FRESHFIELDS Bruckhaus Deringer’s corporate practice is upping its focus on mobility as the internationalisation of the legal profession continues.


FRESHFIELDS Bruckhaus Deringer’s corporate practice is upping its focus on mobility as the internationalisation of the legal profession continues.

Fresh from the group’s retreat in Amsterdam, corporate head Tim Jones said the majority of discussions concerned the relocation of London-based lawyers.

“The business has become very international,” he said. “One of the particular areas of focus is the way English lawyers are in demand in places like Moscow, Dubai and China. We’re looking at the way we organise ourselves to make sure we’re providing that support and people from London are working out where they need to be.”

Discussions are ongoing regarding who will go where, but Jones said it is likely that Dubai and Moscow will be top of the list. He added that the plan is to relocate only London lawyers at this stage.

The rest of the Amsterdam conference was taken up with taking stock of the corporate practice. Jones said private equity work had slowed but the corporate practice remained strong.