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Squire Sanders launches WA office

Squire Sanders launches WA office

US-based law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey combined with a string of former Minter Ellison partners this week in opening its new WA office.

US-based law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey combined with a string of former Minter Ellison partners this week. Squire Sanders said the move significantly expands its presence in the fast-growing Asia Pacific market.

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.

“Our growth is guided by our clients’ evolving business needs. We gauge success by our clients’ enthusiasm and interest in legal services that provide more value on a global scale,” he said.

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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