Lex Mundi appoints three firms

Global referral network Lex Mundi is adding three new member firms to its number.

The appointments are Cerha Hempel & Spiegelfeld in Austria, Maclay Murray & Spens in Scotland and Cains in the Isle of Man.

The decision to appoint new members came after the Freshfields-Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber merger last year. Bruckhaus had been the member firm for Austria and the Slovak Republic, but decided to quit following the merger.

The Lex Mundi executive committee spent most of February and March interviewing possible member firms. The final vote was taken at the March conference in Caracas.

Maclay Murray replaces Bird Semple as the Scottish member. The firm split last year after DLA, which has its own international network, DLA & Partners, merged with its commercial practice. The Isle of Man representation is new. Vienna-based Cerha Hempel has 17 partners and 40 fee-earners and also has Brussels and Budapest offices.