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Kilpatrick Stockton has all but completed the downsizing of its London office, with former partners warning that the overhaul is likely to be rolled out to the firm's wider network.
It is understood that all of the London office's support staff have been let go, except one catering employee, and most of the partners have left following the completion of compulsory redundancies ahead of the 31 December deadline for finalising the downscaling.
However, several former partners of the firm have warned that Kilpatrick is likely to roll out the refocusing strategy to the firm's wider international and US network, in a bid to unify the firm's areas of expertise. One told The Lawyer: "The business philosophy was to refocus the entire firm along a smaller number of practice group lines. I am sure that they are doing the same thing elsewhere."
IP partners Virginia Taylor and Jim Ewing have both returned to the US, while London managing partner Gerald Jeutter is also scheduled to return to Raleigh, North Carolina, early in the new year.
That leaves the four expected to remain at the City office - IP partner Helen Newman, employment partner Tim Johnson, litigation partner Mary O'Connor and corporate partner Kenneth Boehner - to slug it out for the position of London managing partner.
Before downsizing was activated in September, there were 19 partners in the office.
Meanwhile, former Kil-patrick energy partner Eero Rautalahti is the latest move from the firm, joining the London office of New York firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle as of counsel today (28 November).