Dutch firm Van Doorne is reopening its London office, six years after pulling out from the City, and is hiring three partners from rival Boekel de Nerée.
Van Doorne said it was planning to relaunch in London “in the course of 2014”.
In a statement, managing partner Hugo Reumkens added: “In 2008 we took a step back from the London market in response to a crisis driven decline in demand. We now see growing demand for our legal services in London and local presence benefits this growth.”
The trio of partners joining from Boekel includes the firm’s current London office head Angelique Thiele. Thiele took over from Ferdinand Mason when the latter quit Boekel for Jones Day in 2012 (1 October 2012), moving to the City alongside corporate partner Kris Ruijters and employment partner Eugenie Nunes.
Ruijters left Boekel earlier this year to join Deloitte Legal in the Netherlands, while Nunes remains at the firm.
Thiele is joining Van Doorne along with fellow real estate finance partner Ariën van Heesen and commercial contracts specialist Lisette Bieleveld. Van Heesen currently splits his time betweeen London and Amsterdam, and Bieleveld is based in the Netherlands.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Boekel said: “The fact that these three partners are leaving at the end of this year will not affect our London presence at all since our office unites many areas of expertise. Their focus is mainly on real estate and commercial contracts and is easily replaceable. We are fully committed to our London office through which our clients will be able to access our cross border legal experts at our firm’s office in Amsterdam.
“We work in industry teams – sector-specific teams which unite all relevant areas of expertise, enabling us to switch gears quickly and in a well-informed manner. As such Boekel will continue to supply high level tailor-made services as usual to all our clients and relations from both Amsterdam and London.”