Employment specialist Lewis Silkin and niche pensions practice Sacker & Partners are two of four new firms invited to join international employment alliance ius laboris
The two firms were introduced as the UK arm of the worldwide alliance, after the departure of Rowe & Maw, now Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, earlier this year. "It [Rowe & Maw] left because of the merger. Now that we are truly an international alliance and it now has a presence in the States there are occasions where we could become competitors," said the alliance's general secretary Jean-François Gerard. "Ius laboris is made up of independent firms that are market leaders in their countries." The two other new firms are Swedish niche labour and employment law firm Elmzel Advokatbyrå, and Greek firm Prof. K. Kremalis & Partners. Ius laboris was launched in January 2001 and, with the new arrivals, now consists of 15 members. Just four months ago it made a push into the US, picking employment specialist Seyfarth Shaw, plus Funes de Rioja & Asociados in Argentina, and Mesquita Barros Advogados in Brazil. Other European members include the Netherlands' biggest firm Loyens & Loeff, and Claeys & Engles in Belgium.