Lovells commits to Italy with office moves

Lovells is relocating to larger premises from its current Rome and Milan offices to accommodate a recent rapid growth in numbers.

The Milan office has already moved to a single occupancy, six-floor office on 30 July. The Rome office will move on 3 September to a single floor office in the centre of the city.

Lovells opened in Italy seven years ago with both offices employing around 10 lawyers. In the first year that number doubled.

Marco Berliri, a partner in the Rome office, said the firm’s recent growth in Italy meant the move was now necessary to accommodate all Lovells’ lawyers and staff.

He said there were now 45 lawyers and 20 other staff at the Rome office while Milan had 42 lawyers and 17 other staff.

“We didn’t hire more people because we didn’t have the space to put them,” he said. “We’ve grown faster than expected.”

Berliri said the Rome office would now hire more staff once it moved offices and expected to have 60 lawyers and 25 other staff in about a year.

“Milan will have much the same figures in one year,” he said. “It is growing at the same speed.”

Both the Rome and Milan premises will be leased for 12 years, evidence of the firm’s commitment to Italy.

“This is a sign of the firm’s desire to stay in Italy,” Berliri said. “We’re very confident things will continue to go very well in the next few years. All the signs are point in the right direction.”

Last October, Lovells’ Italian managing partner Paolo Criscione left the firm, prompting a shake-up of the firm’s Italian management structure.