Freshfields follows CC with US push

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has followed magic circle rival Clifford Chance in parachuting key lawyers into its New York office.

Freshfields has recently sent two partners and three associates to New York. Dispute resolution partner Brian King has moved to Manhattan from Amsterdam, taking three associates with him, and corporate partner Julian Pritchard has moved from the Tokyo office.

The news follows last month’s announcement by Clifford Chance that it would relocate partners to its US operations to boost growth across the Atlantic. Its aim is for the US to contribute 25 per cent of firmwide turnover. Currently, the US offices contribute 14 per cent (The Lawyer, 23 July), the equivalent of £150m.

In late July, Clifford Chance sent London-based Latin America specialist adviser Ignacio Suarez Anzorena to Washington DC and London counsel Christian Leathley to New York.

Meanwhile, Freshfields’ US revenue per lawyer was around $1m (£508,000) last year and this is one jurisdiction that chief executive Ted Burke has highlighted for growth this year.

Freshfields’ dispute resolution practice is no stranger to partner relocation among jurisdictions. Arbitration partner Constantine Partasides moved from Paris to London earlier this year, while last year partner Nigel Rawding transferred temporarily to New York.

The firm’s Tokyo office has also seen relocations, with corporate partners James Wood and Ed Cole moving there from London earlier this year.