A&O/Paris link to stay

Allen & Overy and its Paris ally, Gide Loyrette Nouel, have issued a joint statement stressing that they have no plans to end their association. Last week The Lawyer reported that Gide was considering breaking its links with A&O a move which was confirmed by a 'spokeswoman' at the French firm. In the statement, however, the firms' two senior partners, Xavier de Roux of Gide and Bill Tudor John of A&O, said the association remained in being and added that 'we have no plans to end that association'.