Legal Business

The last word – Charlie says

In response to an opinion piece from Gibson Dunn’s Charlie Geffen in our last issue, we ask management if firms must decide whether they are advisory or legal process driven



‘Geffen is right, but I wonder if he would have said it if he’d been at his old firm [Ashurst] as it’s a pitch for US firms in London. Clients are increasingly separating what is strategic and what is process-driven. I don’t agree that the UK firms aren’t capable of giving both, and no client out there will go to law firm A for their strategic work then take it off them and give law firm B the process work. Clients are looking to us to ensure the process end is done efficiently.’

Colin Passmore, senior partner, Simmons & Simmons