Lovells set to double lawyer count in Italy

Lovells has unveiled plans to almost double the number of lawyers it has in Italy and is moving into bigger offices next year.

The firm has 85 lawyers in Italy, a figure it is looking to boost to 140 within a few years.

Italy managing partner Leah Dunlop told The Lawyer: “We’re looking to double in the next three to five years. We’ve got all the practice areas we need and now we’re just looking at growing.

“Both offices will be able to go up to around 70 lawyers each over the next three years.”

To cope with the expansion Lovells has secured new offices in both Milan and Rome.

In Milan the firm is ditching its 950sq m office in favour of a 2,100sq m space near the Stock Exchange. In Rome it plans to move out of its old 865sq m office into a new building measuring 2,135sq m.

“We’re pretty pressed for space at the moment in Rome,” said Dunlop. The firm went through a management overhaul in Italy following the departure of former managing partner Paolo Criscione in October.

Dunlop was voted in as managing partner and created that role for Milan, selecting partner Marco Rota Candiani for the job.