The British law firm Clifford Chance has 3,200 lawyers working across 20 countries. According to a story in yesterday's Australian Financial Review - it's behind the pay wall - Clifford Chance will merge with Sydney's Chang, Pistill & Simmons and and Perth's Cochrane Lisherman Carson Luscombe from 1 May.
The official press release states:
"The importance of Asia to the global economy and to our major clients has already resulted in substantial growth for our market-leading Asia operations," said Peter Charlton, Clifford Chance's Head of Asia. "Any credible growth strategy for the Asian legal market can no longer ignore the importance of the Australian market to the region, both as a destination for, and a source of, investment. I'm pleased that in CP&S and CLCL we have found such a good solution for our clients, and I'm looking forward to welcoming the partners and staff of both firms to Clifford Chance."
In December, Lawyer's Weekly carried an interview with Ian Cochrane. This has nothing directly to do with the merger. I just found it interesting.