Trends: US West Coast firms deepening roots in UK

May 16, 2018 The trend of UK growth among US West Coast firms seems to be solidifying, with ever-increasing UK lateral hires and rises in revenue indicating that the firms are finding a foothold.

Seven of The Lawyer’s US Top 50 Firms in London 2018 are West Coast heritage firms: Cooley, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Latham & Watkins, Morrison & Foerster, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Paul Hastings, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Of these seven, five showed double-digit increases in revenue in the City last year.

As far as lateral hires go, to take Latham as an example, the firm recruited a number of significant additions: corporate partner Ed Barnett of Allen & Overy, corporate partner Nicola Higgs of Ashurst, duo Martin Davies and David Berman of Quinn, and litigators Ian Felstead of legacy Olswang and Andrea Monks and Jonathan Holland of Hogan Lovells.

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