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Pinsent Masons’ director of communications and business development strategy Andy Peat added his twopence worth to the debate, insisting that “great BD arms partners to sell like superheroes”.
But of course last week’s news wasn’t all about marketing. The Lawyer also unearthed the news that California-based technology firm Cooley is looking to establish its own office in London on 1 October 2014. And in no small way. It’s thought that the firm is looking to grow to 50 lawyers within its first six months in the City.
It is soon likely to emerge whether the bulk of these hires come from Edwards Wildman - just one firm at which Cooley is understood to be targeting partners - or elsewhere in the market.
Meanwhile, The Lawyer has looked into its crystal ball to identify the trends scoring out the future of the bar. Last week’s cover feature outlined how the bar is set to split into three parts - the commercial bar fuelled by litigation, the mid-market which will suffer blows in the personal injury and employment sectors, and the criminal bar which will continue to suffer from the impact of legal aid cuts.
At the upper end of that spectrum would fall the fraud battle currently brewing between Hewlett Packard and the former managers of Autonomy. Now that court documents have been filed in California, it looks as if Clifford Chance and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz may well end up squaring off in the High Court.