Singapore office war

Big news: Addleshaw Goddard has found “a fantastic office in a great location” in which to house its planned Singapore practice.

Unfortunately Kent Phillips, the arbitration partner who was supposed to be leading the firm’s operations out there, has just jumped ship to Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) (see story), which takes the shine off the apple somewhat.

Perhaps Addleshaws could turn Phillips’ office into a games room. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a nice game of pool after a hard day’s lawyering?

Phillips, who is based in London, is expected to join BLP’s Singapore office in the next couple of months to take up the reins as Asia head of arbitration. Addleshaws will soon announce its replacement head of Singapore.

When it does, it will be interesting to see if the firms’ arbitrators practise what they preach and keep things civil.

Addleshaws is a tough one to call at the moment. On the one hand the firm is pinching £20m litigations out from under the noses of rivals (see story), yet on the other key partners are leaving.

One thing is clear: success in its new international offices (Addleshaws has also announced its plans to launch in Dubai) is vital.


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