Go Gowlings

Three partner hires in a month is a lot of activity for a six-lawyer office.

But then Canadian firm Gowlings has never been accused of lacking get up and go. And it’s just got itself a whole lot more vim in the shape of Simmons & Simmons former energy and infrastructure head David Shasha (see story).

Gowlings, one of Canada’s largest firms, has been mounting a campaign to grow its new found land of London (ie, not the one in Ontario). No longer can the office be accused of being a bit of a moose. Now it looks like the firm has got its man in Shasha, the lawyer tasked with taking the Canadian firm’s City office to the next level.

Shasha has been brought in to head Gowlings’ London energy, infrastructure and mining group. Prior to joining Simmons he was a partner at Clifford Chance, where he helped set up offices in Budapest, Prague and Warsaw.

Just the sort of track record a nascent outpost needs.

Meanwhile DLA Piper has exceeded its revenue budget for the first six months of the year (see story)