France’s leading boutique splits

French firm Barthélémy et Associés has split, leading to the creation of a new 29 partner firm called Capstan.

Capstan is set to be the biggest French firm to specialise in employment and social law. It has more than 140 lawyers and employs 200 people.

Its nine offices in Paris, Lille, Nantes, Lyon, Saint-Étienne, Montpellier, Marseille, Toulouse and Sophia Antipolis will generate a turnover of around €35m.

Around two-thirds of Barthélémy et Associés lawyers have left in the move.

A spokesperson for Capstan said that the lawyers would keep their clients, which include both French and international companies.