The Western Australia combination brings Squire Sanders’ total global headcount to more than 1,300 lawyers in 36 offices and 17 countries. That global total includes more than 80 Perth-based lawyers joining from Minter Ellison (see full story here), and more than 500 lawyers in Europe who joined Squire Sanders through the 1 January 2011 combination with former UK firm Hammonds.
With the firms' anticipated US$725 million in revenue, the combined practice will be among the top firms ranked in Legal Business’ Global 100.
The firm's chair and chief executive office, James J Maiwurm, said clients have given positive feedback about recent changes.
For example, he said, lawyers in Tokyo and Washington DC recently teamed with Western Australian lawyers on a client’s energy project, and Western Australian lawyers tapped the London office to advise a global company doing business in Australia.
Perth managing partner John Poulsen said clients in Western Australia welcome the global resources they have access to as a result of the combination.
“Our clients very quickly sized up the benefits to be had by working with an established cost-effective Western Australia firm that now has global reach,” Poulsen said.
“I am very pleased by our clients’ overwhelmingly positive reaction.”
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