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Watson Burton acquires IT boutique for London push" />Newcastle's Watson Burton has taken over a Surrey-based IT commercial boutique to boost its nascent London offering.
Weybridge's Trevor Robinson & Co consists of two partners Ann Lewin and Trevor Robinson and an associate, who have moved to Watson Burton's London offices in the Gherkin building.
Watson Burton Strategy partner Gillian Hall said: "What's the phrase? They punch above their weight. They are ex-Linklaters and ex-Coward Chance, have a hugely impressive client list and are supremely good practitioners."
Trevor Robinson & Co has advised software company SAP for 14 years and Brazilian oil giant Petrobras for over 25 years in the UK. The boutique also counts Panasonic, Cryolife and the Northern Trust Company amongst its client list. It mainly works on commercial deals.
Hall said: "There's no reason to suppose we can't go to some of the clients and do some of their listed work for them."
Watson Burton currently has around 10 to 12 fee-earners based permanently in London, with lawyers from its Leeds and Newcastle offices also using the premises, primarily for construction and professional indemnity work.
Although the London office, which was opened in 2006 is understood to still be losing money, the Leeds office has turned a profit (after deduction of partner drawings) a year ahead of schedule, according to Hall.