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After splitting in half when its intellectual property (IP) team decamped to KLegal and then entering into merger talks with various firms, media outfit H20 has decided to go it alone
Merger talks with firms such as Charles Russell, Halliwell Landau and media outfit Schilling & Lom have all been aborted. H2O is now seeking to develop its human rights work, as well as continuing its core media practice. The firm will now have two partners, Paul Fox and Jason McCue, and four fee-earners. Assistant solicitor David Greenhalgh will be made a partner in the next few months. H20 is leaving its Holborn base in March for Great Titchfield Street in the West End of London. H2O is currently handling defamation cases for The Times and Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble. The firm carries out media-related reputation management work for corporate clients of various PR companies, such as Quiller.
"H20 will develop its human rights work as a natural fit with its core media work"
As for its human rights work, H2O is working with victims and victims' families affected by the Omagh bombing. The firm will develop its human rights work as it is a natural fit with its core media work, said Fox. "With the Human Rights Act, these areas are converging. The right to privacy that is influencing media law is a good example," he added. H2O was a media and IP firm until last December when partners Catrin Turner and Eddie Powell and the rest of the IP team left for KPMG's tied law firm KLegal. Around this time, Fox and McCue entered into merger talks with at least three other firms.