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First, there’s news of a major offshore merger, between Mourant and Ozannes (see story). Then Clyde & Co becomes the first UK firm to launch in New Jersey (see story).
But you can tell a recession is over when someone launches a property group. Which is exactly what Irwin Mitchell is doing today (see story).
This may not be quite such an odd ball idea as it first appears.

The firm has appointed property guru and former Nabarro partner Geoffrey Lander to spearhead the move. Since leaving Nabarro in 2003 he crossed the line over to a number of property companies, so he claims to know what they want.

Less of a “Rolls Royce” service he argues, more speed and more efficiency. He plans to transplant the commoditised business model, which has worked quite well for Irwin Mitchell in the insurance and litigation fields, over to real estate.

Never one to sit sill, next month he’ll be over in Cannes at annual property shindig MIPIM, with his “recruitment hat on”.

But his biggest challenge could consist of pulling lawyers away from the bar at the Martinez.

They, more than anybody, might be trying to forget that the last two years ever happened.


Also on readers debate Eversheds’ employment policies and discuss what’s going on at White & Case and at Cleary in London.

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