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As reported on page three, Watson Farley & Williams' (WFW) Greek operation has bagged itself three corporate lawyers from Athens firm IKRP Rokas & Partners, including one partner.
Although still far short of the current UK reign of Norton Rose's Greece office, which has four partners, 29 assistants and two trainees stationed in offices in Athens and Piraeus, WFW's three-partner, seven-assistant team is hellbent on mounting a challenge for the leading role.
WFW Piraeus head George Paleokrassas has said he is seeking further growth in corporate, and last September the firm was able to offer Greek law expertise for the first time with the hire of partner Efstratios Paschalidis from local firm Vgenopoulos & Partners.
WFW sources have been heard whispering that Norton Rose's crown is up for grabs. Of course, Messrs Watson, Farley and Williams all hailed from Norton Rose some 25 years ago. It seems that old rivalries never die. Get the latest news and an irreverent commentary delivered to your desktop every day by subscribing to Lawyer News Daily.