Quotes of the week

‘I expect their outcome to be for now and I think they’ll do the same as us ultimately and close Rotterdam.’

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek managing partner Jaap de Kiejzer reckons his fierce rivals Nauta Dutilh are playing catch-up. News

‘It would seem the OFT is confused about its role and its confusion has been commented on by the Competition Appeals Tribunal.’

Edwin Coe head of litigation David Greene is not a big OFT fan. News

‘There’s been no deliberate strategy to target this work, but it requires a top firm to do it – like ours.’

Berwin Leighton Paisner property partner David Battiscombe in an outbreak of modesty. Deals

‘There’s an emerging Anglo-Saxon culture in the French legal market. But it’s not yet London or New York.’

Société Générale head of Europe and worldwide Frédéric de Brouwer notes a change in the air in gay Paris. Client file

‘It’s bad form for a chambers to approach a barrister. It’s called head-hunting in business, but castigated as ‘poaching’ by many barristers.’

Exchange Chambers’ Bill Braithwaite QC realises his peers are slightly old-fashioned. Opinion