Conference success

The annual conference of referral network Law Europe, founded by 32-partner Brighton firm Donne Mileham & Haddock, was for the first time attended by three American delegations keen to forge links with the group. Tim Aspinall, Donnes' managing partner, warned the conference, which was held in Barcelona last year, that the Big Six accountancy firms and US law practices would continue to move into the European legal marketplace. The number of solicitors employed in US firms in London increased from 414 to 625 in 1997, he said.