Our 12th annual Legal Business Global London survey reveals the pressure a mounting US offensive is putting on City stalwarts. Can the UK firms resist the advance?
Maurice Allen, co-managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s London office, knows all about the major players in the City, having taken in Clifford Chance (CC), White & Case and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer during his career. ‘All US firms are doing extremely well,’ he says. ‘A number of firms made significant investments – they’re hiring because the market is playing very nicely to the US firms.’ A biased view perhaps but one that is backed up by the data in this year’s Global London survey: overall headcount of the 50 largest global firms in the UK is up by 6% on the previous year to 4,624 from 4,382.