The expansion campaigns that have typified offshore law firms of late are showing no signs of abating.

Earlier this month Appleby Spurling Hunter and Bailhache Labesse announced their merger, while WSmiths launched in Uruguay and Conyers Dill & Pearman revealed plans for a presence in Dubai.

Guernsey outfit Ozannes is also on the brink of opening an office in Jersey, while Jersey firm Bedell Cristin recently launched an office in Guernsey.

The Lawyer’s Offshore Special Report examines the legal issues fuelling this growth.

In particular, it debates the impact of Dubai’s new Collective Investment Law on law firms and Jersey’s growing sharia-compliant investment market.

It also analyses Gibraltar’s growing funds market; Ireland’s growing importance as an alternative investment market; and the development of the ‘sidecar’ investment vehicle in Bermuda.