US firms about town

As photogenic pin-ups swagger through London for its bi-annual fashion week, US firms have been putting on their own quintessentially English show. Like pastel palettes, crepe dresses and embroidered motifs, London is in season, and not just on the catwalk.

While the fashion paps and the flashbulbs might make you yawn, the week’s legal market activity is unlikely to. New York disputes firm Gregory Joseph and Texas firm Andrews Kurth sashayed into town, with the former setting up a referral relationship with London litigation boutique Hage Aaronson and the latter raiding Chadbourne & Parke’s City office for a three-person arbitration team.

As an aside, Andrews Kurth appears to have developed a bit of a pash not only for London but also for Ashurst. The firm had a representative office in London until earlier this year when it launched properly after the hire of Ashurst partner Peter Roberts. The firm also recently hired former Ashurst senior associate and Premier Oil corporate counsel Jubilee Easo.

Now it is armed with English-qualified lawyers the next step is to move into new, bigger office space by the end of the month. OK, so none of this is as glamorous as a runway show or supermodels, but at least it gives lawyers in London a reason to celebrate.

UK lawyers, Americans think you’re hot.

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