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Common law set Seven Bedford Row is deepening its unique international alliance with offshore law firm and consultancy group BakerPlatt by taking on six door tenants specialising in chancery work.
The new door tenants, all from 5 Stone Buildings, will enable the alliance to carry out contentious trusts work as well as other traditional chancery litigation.
Seven Bedford Row head David Farrer QC told The Lawyer that the move did not mean the set would begin to offer chancery work generally, but that it had become necessary as a result of the alliance's success. BakerPlatt and Seven Bedford Row began working together in October 2003. Both organisations focus on regulatory, compliance and financial crime, and the alliance has allowed BakerPlatt to offer a wider range of advocacy services in the offshore jurisdictions in which it operates.
Farrer said: "We feel we've got plenty of expertise in the field of financial crime, but we need trusts lawyers. This enables us to maintain contact and to cooperate with 5 Stone Buildings in providing this area of work." 5 Stone Buildings tenants Christopher Tidmarsh QC, Penelope Reed, Henry Legge, David Rees, Leon Sartin and Joseph Goldman are all joining the alliance.