Heuking grows while GSK refocuses on strategy

German firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has been one of the fastest growers in Europe in the past few years, adding lawyers and increasing turnover steadily between 2009 and 2013.

Last week it added another office, launching in Stuttgart with the hire of an eight-partner team from GSK Stockmann & Kollegen.

The move was a while coming, with the firm having looked at opening an office in the region for some time. Stuttgart is the capital of one of Germany’s industrial regions, and is the home of a number of automotive giants including Daimler and Porsche as well as many ‘Mittelstand’ companies.

For GSK, the move of its team saw the closure of its office in Stuttgart. The firm also shut down in Dusseldorf earlier this year with the majority of the lawyers joining Luther.

The two office closures follow the election of a new management board earlier this year and a decision to focus more strongly on key industries, particularly real estate, public law and finance. And while GSK has grown more slowly than most in recent years, especially on headcount, it is still planning to recruit and promote internally to continued a “sustained” growth plan.

Germany’s economy, of course, continues to be tricky. But as Heuking’s expansion and Luther’s strong financials show, there’s still plenty of life in the legal sector.

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