McGrigors ups global reach with US alliance

Edinburgh-headquartered McGrigors has taken a further step into the international market by signing a referral agreement with US firm Husch Blackwell.

The non-exclusive arrangement will see the US firm’s single-partner London office relocate to the same building as McGrigors occupies on Old Bailey, while it is expected there will be secondments between the firms.

McGrigors managing partner Richard Masters said Husch Blackwell’s focus on litigation and business services offers a good overlay to that of his own firm.

“We’ll be working closely with [Husch Blackwell ­London partner] Michael Ray,” said Masters. “We’ll be working together to win mandates that both firms might not get on their own.”

The relationship, which the firms are dubbing a ­’principal partner’ agreement, will see the two team up on infrastructure, ­financial services, energy and government affairs work.

Masters said the principal partner tag was more ­satisfactory than a ’best-friends agreement’, as he feels the latter phrase is “past its best”.

“This isn’t a merger or a first step to a merger – we just envisage working very closely together,” he added.

The news comes after McGrigors last month launched its first international office, opening a base in Doha, Qatar (The Lawyer, 14 March).