Senior UK management at Kennedys has clashed with its Autralian counterparts over proposals to create a network of offices in Australia.

Kennedys launched its first Australian office in Sydney three months ago and have been in talks with Melbourne lawyers about opening another office, according to Asian Legal Business.

Sydney managing partner Mark Doepel said: “We have proposed to open other offices in Australia. Four months ago we started preliminary talks with Melbourne lawyers and they are very interested. We are still talking.”

Doepel indicated that whilst no date had yet been set, he expects that an office will be launched in Melbourne within the next three years.

He said: “London is dedicated to growth in Australia and understand that means opening more offices.”

But in London, after initially denying any plans to open another Australian office, chief executive at Kennedys, Ric Martin told The Lawyer: “We should not count our chickens before roasting. If a good business case were made we would take it.”

However, he stressed: “We are not seeking to establish a national network within Australia”