While the rapid headcount growth at Harneys over the past couple of years slowed somewhat last year — with a net gain of just one lawyer between 2012 and 2013 — the past 12 months nevertheless saw a number of strategic moves as the firm looked to strengthen its global presence.
In February, Harneys established an association with Mauritius firm BLC Chambers, giving it a presence in the offshore jurisdiction that has the closest links to Africa. In May, the firm hired a duo of litigators from Ogier to grow in Cayman, and in July British Virgin Islands (BVI) litigation partner Philip Kite moved to London to launch a BVI litigation practice.
The BVI is still Harneys' biggest jurisdiction by headcount, followed by Cyprus. However, with six partners in London, the firm has one of the largest offshore presences in the UK.
Harneys also invested in a firmwide upgrade of its document management and billing systems, as well as a new client relationship management system.
The firm is already a sizeable presence in Asia, with 20 lawyers in Hong Kong, but the Asian offering is set to expand later this year when it launches in Singapore.
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