Masseys

When they quit Baker & McKenzie in 2004 to launch litigation boutique Masseys, Gerald Cooke, Sean Upson and Jane Colston knew they were taking a risk. Less than four years later the firm has built a strong reputation among its London peers for its litigation expertise.

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