Howrey’s Brussels head and global antitrust co-chair Trevor Soames has become the latest partner to quit the firm.
In an email sent this morning Soames confirmed that he was leaving the US firm.
“Please note that I have, with regret, left Howrey,” Soames said, adding that he had not yet, “selected another law firm”.
Soames joined Washington DC-based Howrey in 2001 from Norton Rose, where he had been head of competition.
Soames was not available for comment, but one former Howrey partner said he had no knowledge of Soames’ departure, adding that he believed he must have been affected by “all the other departures” in Europe, which the US firm has blamed on conflicts issues.
“No practice is immune from conflicts but IP is most greatly affected,” said the lawyer. “Competition is not nearly as much affected.”
In recent weeks a succession of partners have left Howrey, with the total now approaching 70. The most recent came this week when three partners including vice-chairman Henry Bunsow left to join US rival Dewey & LeBoeuf and the firm’s Taipei office was acquired by US firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton (19 January 2011).
Earlier this month the firm’s managing partner Bob Ruyak insisted the exits were part of a planned restructuring (10 January 2011).