Norton Rose’s China crisis

Many would think the biggest problem when it comes to recruiting new lawyers is finding the right talent. However, because of Olympic fever, for Norton Rose‘s Asia operations it’s not so much finding the lawyers that’s the problem as knowing where to put them.

David Stannard, Norton Rose Asia chief, said: “It’s a trend across several of our Asia offices, but Beijing is the most pronounced. The Olympics has meant that no one at the moment has the ability to relocate. It’s got to the point where we’ve had to turn conference rooms into office space, sticking up temporary partitions all over the place.

“We’ve got high-ceiling offices, so I’ve even – in a moment of madness – thought about stacking people up.”

Oh dear. But really, having too many lawyers can’t be a bad problem to have.