Taylor Wessing, Nixon Peabody settle dispute; Nixon to launch in Paris

Taylor Wessing and Nixon Peabody have settled their legal disputes over Nixon’s poaching of 13 of Taylor Wessing’s Paris partners.


<a class=Taylor Wessing, Nixon Peabody settle dispute; Nixon to launch in Paris” />Taylor Wessing and Nixon Peabody have settled their long-running legal disputes over Nixon Peabody’s poaching of 13 of Taylor Wessing’s Paris partners.

Nixon Peabody will now open its new Paris office with 13 of Taylor Wessing’s Paris partners, including Taylor Wessing Paris’ former managing partner Arnaud de Senilhes (pictured).

They will be joined by 13 associates from Taylor Wessing France, which will maintain its own Paris presence with eight partners and 27 associates.

Under the terms of the settlement, which put an end to New York proceedings, a New York appeal and French proceedings, neither party is allowed to comment on its details.

The agreed statement reads: “Nixon Peabody and Taylor Wessing France are pleased to have been able to resolve amicably their dispute involving the resignation of certain of Taylor Wessing France’s lawyers and their subsequent association with Nixon Peabody.”

Nixon Peabody’s new Paris office will focus mainly on IP/IT, private equity, real estate, tax, labour and litigation.

A statement from de Senilhes read: “Nixon Peabody’s expansion into France furthers one of the firm’s key strategies: to continue its transformation into a global law firm and capitalize on its strengths and top rankings in several practice areas such as private equity, intellectual property, reinsurance, and finance, and provide clients exceptional value through team work, collaboration and a one-firm approach.”

Most recently Taylor Wessing was ruled against in a summary judgement in New York, seeking to settle whether Nixon Peabody had poached the Taylor Wessing partners in violation of a non-poaching agreement that had been entered into after secret merger negotiations (TheLawyer.com, 16 September).