Law firms

Our professional services team specialises in advising law firms in relation to practice protection, partnership and employment issues, regulatory matters, risk management, real estate issues and pension issues.
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We place a great deal of emphasis on risk management, particularly for our professional services clients. We act for leading law firms in the UK and internationally in relation to a wide range of matters from LLP agreements through to transactional advice.

We have a track record in handling complex, high value and sensitive matters for law firms. We do so through a team of specialists drawn from all practice areas.

Our partners play a central role. We ensure that the highest calibre of legal talent is dedicated to overcoming the most complex issues facing law firms.

Law firm arbitration

Aribitration against a former law firm partner in relation to his departure to join a rival firm. The dispute centred on whether the partner had to serve a period of gardening leave.

Law firm LLP structure

Advising on the general structuring of an LLP and the LLP members agreement.

Advising a US law firm

We advise a major US law firm on all its London premises issues and requirements.

Mediation in respect of claims against a firm of solicitors

A fraud had been committed by a former partner of a law firm and a number of banks were claiming against the non-fraudulent partners and their insurers.

German law firm

We advised in relation to the VAT treatment of a proposed new business venture involving the use of the Bitcoin digital currency.

Lease for London office of a law firm

Advising an international law firm in relation to establishing a presence in London and advising on the lease for their London office premises.

SRA regulatory advice

We advise a US law firm on regulatory and compliance issues including conflict issues in respect of their London offices as well as on issues relating to departing partners and employees.


Roland Foord Partner

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