Stanbrook & Hooper expands Brussels office

Partners Marcel Houben, Fred Lukoff and Wang Lei have been poached from rival Brussels firm, Oppenheimer Wolff. Houben is to establish a labour law department, while Lukoff and Wang Lei – a former member of China's WTO membership negotiating team – join the trade department.

Stanbrook & Hooper – which has offices in London, Madrid, Paris and Copenhagen – has also brought in Emmanuel de Cannart d'Hamale and Hubert André-Dumont to establish the firm's Belgian company and commercial department.

De Cannart d'Hamale and André-Dumont join from Cannart André-Dumont Erkelens Goethals. They bring with them four associates who will be spread across the firm's Belgian departments.

These additions come only a few months after Stanbrook & Hooper expanded its new technologies practice with the recruitment of Olivier Hance, Caroline De Cock and, in its Madrid office, Jose Luis de la Guardia.

Stanbrook & Hooper partner, Clive Stanbrook QC says: "Cases are getting larger and our clients expect to have access to bigger resources. Even niche firms like ours need to expand.

"With these additions we have added considerably to the capability and experience of the firm. We are an independent niche firm that for twenty years has competed on quality with the biggest and the best. With our new colleagues we will continue if not improve on that tradition."