London’s shining attractiveness as a disputes centre and global jumping off point is showing no sign of dimming, at least according to Andy Sandler, chair of financial services and financial crime boutique BuckleySandler.
Sandler’s firm has just opened up shop in the UK with a US law-only offering staffed with a single partner, Jamie Parkinson, who joined three years ago from Mayer Brown and has relocated from Washington to become BuckleySandler’s partner-in-residence in what is the firm’s first international office.
Talking to The Lawyer yesterday, Sandler said Sandler said the increasingly cross-border nature of regulatory issues in recent years, notably in the UK, had made it important to be in London and to develop strategic partnerships with other firms internationally.
His firm’s move comes hard on the disputes-driven heels of the hire by Boies Schiller last week of WilmerHale arbitration partner Wendy Miles, whose arrival doubled the partner headcount at that boutique’s London outpost.
Neither firm so far has shown the same growth ambitions as the world’s largest litigation-only player Quinn Emanuel, which has grown its London office to 11 partners since launching five years ago. But both moves underline that when it comes to disputes, London is still where it’s at.
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