The newly combined Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave LLP has officially launched as Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
The new global brand went live on Tuesday (3rd April) with 32 offices in 11 countries and 1,600 lawyers; making it one of the largest law firms in the world.
The combination was approved in February with an overwhelming majority of both legacy firms’ partners voting for the deal.
The new firm is led by co-chairs Lisa Mayhew and Therese Pritchard.
“Creating Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has been a fantastic journey for us all,” said Mayhew, who was managing partner of legacy BLP. “Our firms have come together with a commitment to serve our clients as one team.”
Therese Pritchard, who was managing partner at legacy Bryan Cave, added that the enlarged firm is well-placed for its global coverage.
“Our integrated structure is designed to institutionalise and reward collaboration across our global platform. Our lawyers are already creating cross border client and industry teams, and in so doing, they are discovering new synergies that will enable broader efficiencies for our clients,” said Pritchard.
A former partner in Herbert Smith Freehills
’ industrial relations practice has joined Corrs Chambers Westgarth as a partner.
Paul Burns will be based in Melbourne and, with his 25 years of experience, is a key part of the national firm’s drive to boost its elite employment and workplace relations practice.
“Paul’s admission to the partnership enhances our firm’s strategic objective to maintain Corrs’ employment, labour and safety practice’s reputation as amongst the leading offerings in Australia,” commented Corrs Chambers Westgarth CEO and Partner John W.H. Denton AO.
DLA Piper promotes 62 lawyers in latest round
Global firm DLA Piper has added 62 new lawyers to its partnership with promotions in 42 offices across 20 countries.
In Australia, Perth-based finance and projects lawyer Alyson Eather makes partner along with tax lawyer Eddie Ahn in Sydney.
Asia’s Christina Loh (corporate) in Hong Kong, and Don Rojanapenkul (litigation and regulatory) are also among those making partner from 1st May 2018.
There were also 19 promotions in the United States, 6 in Canada, 10 in the United Kingdom, 18 across Continental Europe, 2 in Latin America, two in the Middle East, and 1 in South Africa.