US firm Faegre & Benson has sent its international practice co-head to London to stem a partner exodus and restore its UK fortunes.
Minneapolis-based corporate partner Kathy Ruhland will spend one week a month in the London office, which has seen four out of 12 partners quit this year.
The firm denied that Ruhland’s move was an emergency measure, but London liaison partner Andrew Humphrey admitted: “It’s helpful for the continued integration of the office.”
The departures have all been former partners of Hobson Audley, which merged with Faegre & Benson in 2003 to launch the US firm’s London offering. Among those to leave were founding partner Max Audley, who joined Olswang, and real estate chief Simon Smith, who went to Fox Williams.
Humphrey said: “We’re comfortable with who we have in London. We want to grow due to client demand.”