But then Nixon Peabody’s French venture was fraught with tension from the start. The firm launched by taking a team of 13 partners from Taylor Wessing led by the UK firm’s former managing partner Arnaud de Senilhes.
The poaching led to a court battle in the US, followed by a settlement that paved the way for the Nixon Peabody opening. And for four years all seemed to be fine, until de Senilhes upped sticks again in September for French firm Jeantet Associés. Now the remaining partners, together with a handful of associates, must all look for new homes as Nixon Peabody vows to focus on the US.
Meanwhile, Taylor Wessing has had the last laugh, building steadily in Paris through occasional hires and regular promotions to double the size of Nixon Peabody. But then Anglo-French relations have always been stronger than Franco-American ones.