Slaughter and May has strengthened its ties with its European best friend firms, moving into new joint offices in Brussels.
The UK independent is moving into the same building as Italian heavyweight Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Paris-based Bredin Prat, Germany's Hengeler Mueller and Spain's Uria Menendez. The new offices are in the Square de Meeus in the European quarter.
As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (10 October), the relocations are in line with the group's strategy to remain independent while working in close cooperation across Europe.
All five firms signed leases earlier this month and are due to move into the new premises by next summer. Their Brussels offices all focus on both competition and European law.
Slaughters has had close ties to the group for several years in response to the growing globalisation of the legal market.
It most notably ceded its 30-year-old Paris office to Bredin Prat last December. The firm's French lawyers joined Bredin Prat, while the English lawyers maintained a representative English law practice in Paris.