The article about the Simmons & Simmons joint venture (The Lawyer 5 August) was very interesting. However, you are wrong to say all alliances in the early 1990s have failed.
We have had an alliance with Rosenman & Colin since before 1990. It continues to be a source of work for both sides. We never set out with extravagant expectations and we always understood that it was non-exclusive and, indeed, we work very comfortably with other firms in the US.
Nevertheless, it provides a focus and we keep in touch and develop our respective practices and our understanding of each others' market. Boring, it sounds, but it works.