Druces & Attlee loses family member in move to US firm

The great grandson of the named partner of a 200-year-old City law firm is quitting to join a US rival.

Charles Attlee, 43, the head of the nine-strong team in the company/commercial department at Druces & Attlee is leaving the firm after more than two decades to join one of the 25 largest US firms, Bryan Cave.

Attlee's great grandfather Henry Attlee became a named partner of the firm, which has a strong commercial base, in the mid-19th century.

Attlee, whose great uncle was Prime Minister Clement Attlee, plays down the family connection: “It's just one of those things; there have been no other Attlees in the firm, so it is not a family firm as such.”

Attlee, who leaves the firm at the end of the month, says the move was amicable. He confirmed that he had not been fishing for a US firm but headhunters had app-roached him.

“The move to Bryan Cave was prompted by headhunters for a US firm rather than an English firm. The opportunity is exciting, the firm has a global reach, great resources and strength as well as depth,” says Attlee.

He adds: “The reason for my departure is to help Bryan Cave develop its English law capability which is currently expanding. It has a record of looking to grow and anglicise its practice.”

Richard Monkcom, partner at Druces & Attlee, expresses regret at Attlee's departure: “We are very sorry to see Charles go and we will miss him, but the department is very strong and we expect it to continue.”

Druces & Attlee is also a founder member of Druces International, linking law firms in 11 countries across Europe.