Speechlys continues growth spurt in Paris

What is Speechly Bircham up to in Europe? The firm has ballooned from a single-site City outfit into a five-office European network in just over two years. Its first foray with the Continent saw it encroach into Luxembourg and Zurich in 2011, before setting up shop in Geneva in September.

No doubt managing partner James Carter and senior partner Michael Lingens will be celebrating today, as the firm formally launched its fifth office in Paris.

The plan is to orientate its newest outpost along the same lines as Luxembourg – practising local law for wealthy families, private equity houses and corporates – both for existing French clients and, fingers crossed, a raft of new ones.

The firm will be hoping that bumping up its offering in Europe will help sway its financial fortunes. In 2012/13, Speechlys’ global revenue was £57.5m – almost exactly on a par with its 2011/12 performance of £57.6m.

That’s some riposte to Withers, which Speechlys famously did not manage to merge into this year. One door closes, another one opens…

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