Fieldfisher gears up for Brexit with Irish merger

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As Burges Salmon launches in Scotland


International outfit Fieldfisher is set to merge with Dublin-based player McDowell Purcell, as it looks to strengthen its footing in the EU legal market post-Brexit.

The deal, formally agreed this week, sees Fieldfisher join a growing list of law firms to establish Dublin outposts following 2016 referendum including DLA Piper, Pinsent Masons, Lewis Silkin and Simmons & Simmons.

McDowell Purcell is the smaller of the two firms, with just 16 partners and 50 lawyers. The single-office-outfit specialises in, among other things, corporate & commercial, banking & finance and employment. By way of comparison, Fieldfisher has 24 offices in 11 countries and around 700 lawyers.

Michael Chissick, managing partner at Fieldfisher, described the move as the “last piece” in its international growth strategy. He said:

“Ireland is also one of the most successful economies in the EU… Its corporate tax rate is the second lowest in the EU which, together with a young workforce, good infrastructure and English speaking population, makes it an excellent investment for us. And of course with Brexit on the horizon, it will also help us to continue to deliver services to our European clients.”

McDowell Purcell managing partner, JP McDowell, added:

“We have worked collaboratively with Fieldfisher for a number of years now, and as a result of the strong relationship that has developed between the two firms, this merger is a natural fit for us.”

Meanwhile, Bristol-headquartered Burges Salmon has announced the launch of its first Scottish office in Edinburgh. The new outpost opens next month and will initially be home to eight lawyers. There is, however, still no word on whether the firm will offer training contracts north of the border.

On Burges’ expansion, managing partner Roger Bull said: “The launch of our Edinburgh office is exciting and will enable us to support the firm’s growing client-base and long-standing Scottish practice.”

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Do they even have electricity in Ireland?



No the lights you see in the photo are just radioactive potatoes



Some very witty people post on LC. Between the Vote Corbyn and the Greenberg GLusker jokes it’s non stop hilarity.



Who are GG Cuck? A new top firm?


Not a Siberian

Dunno mate I found it pretty funny when someone made a comment about Belgrade University the other day and someone else asked if they have electricity there, but hey at least the no deal cha cha cha guy is gone.

Cheers from a Serb.


CMS 4th Seat Trainee

Is Fieldfisher a top firm? Seems like a random shop but on the off-chance I don’t receive an offer from Cleary when I qualify I may give it a look.



Let’s take a look at Fieldfisher, shall we?

– steadily growing law firm with a strong focus and presence on the European continent,

– steadily growing PEP at the level of, if not higher, than some SC firms (now at around GBP 750,000 and growing),

– very highly ranked in a variety of practice areas, including (but not limited to) IP/TMT/Privacy and Finance (general and structured products);

– mid-range salary with mid-range working hours.

Overall, the firm is definitely a “good” one, and as many people will know, several of their lawyers (at all level of seniority) have moved and continue to move back and forth between the firm and many high paying high profile ones such as MCs and US ones.

By the way, I am absolutely in no way related to the firm so the above is not me trying to “make it look good” but rather a hopefully objective assessment of it.


CMS 4th Seat Trainee

Thanks for the helpful summary. Sounds top – even if not top, top. Will put a cheeky application in once I hear from Cleary.



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Dig Bick

No tippity top titan though


Fieldfisher recruitment

We’re not interested in being your sloppy seconds.



Wonder what will happen if a real CMS qualifier applies to Fieldfisher soon. LC has its flaws, but it is connecting people

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