Kirkland secures improved office space in London’s Gherkin

Kirkland & Ellis has become the latest US law firm to pile into the London landmark building commonly referred to as ‘the Gherkin’ after signing a lease for new premises.

The US firm will occupy more than 33,000sq ft of space in the 40-storey skyscraper at 30 St Mary Axe. It will take possession in November but is not expected to move in until March 2006.

The new offices are 8,000sq ft larger than the firm’s current 25,000sq ft premises in Tower 42 at 25 Old Broad Street. However, as part of its lease agreement, Kirkland negotiated the option to take on two additional floors at some point in the future.

The move follows that of Hunton & Williams, which also signed on for two floors in the landmark building earlier this month.

Kirkland has been busy bolstering its London presence, most recently with a second raid on Shearman & Sterling for a three-person litigation and arbitration team.

The raid follows the arrival of Chris Colbridge from Shearman in July to launch Kirkland’s standalone litigation and arbitration practice in London.