Morgan Bruce sees the world

INDIA, Europe and the US are among countries being targeted by Welsh firm Morgan Bruce in its efforts to expand its international caseload.

The practice, which recently spent £1.2 million on UK growth, has planned a series of contact-building foreign visits for lawyers, including a two-month work placement with the Brussels office of Lafili & Van Crombrugghe for EU specialist Simon Nichols.

Nichols also spent three months in the Paris office of Courtois Lebel last autumn. As part of the exchange, Courtois Lebel commercial and employment lawyer Anne Belmon is now on a two-month assignment to Morgan Bruce.

Marketing partner Bleddyn Rees said the firm's decision to place Nichols in the EU was taken “to make sure we have first-hand experience of European transactions and also of working abroad”.

He said the firm had no plans to open offices abroad, but it was making inroads into the international market “to reflect the activity of our clients”.

“Ten years ago the firm would have, very infrequently, had the need to advise on transactions with an international element,” said Rees. “Our client base has since grown and many of our clients now have European or worldwide markets. We don't want our clients getting advice from other firms.”

Rees said the firm was also looking at US markets and partner Duncan Mackintosh is heading to India this month to establish new contacts.