From The Gherkin to Gotham: Kirkland & Ellis to leave iconic London home after 15 years

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US titan strikes deal on new ‘Gotham City’ skyscraper

‘The Gherkin’ via Unsplash

Kirkland & Ellis has put pen to paper on a lease deal that will see it shift its London operations from the iconic ‘Gherkin’ building to a brand new skyscraper around the corner.

The US titan, which has around 550 lawyers and staff in London, confirmed it will become a major occupier of a newly constructed building at 40 Leadenhall Street. The firm will move into the 34-storey site, dubbed ‘Gotham City’, upon its completion.

The deal means Kirkland will vacate its Instagrammable home at 30 St Mary Axe, more commonly known as the ‘The Gherkin’, after 15 years.

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Jon A. Ballis, chairman of Kirkland’s executive committee, commented: “40 Leadenhall will be a modern and iconic building with state-of-the-art features. We will have a new, beautiful and welcoming environment in London for all our lawyers, staff and clients, with cutting edge technology and work spaces.”

Other major City players to announce office moves include Linklaters and Travers Smith. The former is set to occupy roughly 300,000 sqft at 20 Ropemaker Street, Moorgate, from 2026, while the latter will take up residency in a new redevelopment in Farringdon in 2025.

Meanwhile, Legal Cheek reported earlier this summer that Skadden had secured several floors of a newly constructed skyscraper at 22 Bishopsgate featuring the City’s first ever ‘sky-wall’ climbing window on the 25th floor.

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While it is fitting for a firm like Kirkland to shove itself into a New York style skyscraper, nothing can beat the class of the Gherkin.




Also what?
I wait with bated breath



It’s nicer outside than in. The lobby is tiny and floor space is limited. The building is widest around the 18th floor.



Quite fitting, given that London has become more and more like Gotham City in the last few decades



Anyone else think architecture in London has gone backwards since the gherkin? That building is so iconic and now every skyscraper is the same bland rectangular shape.



Kirkland downgrading it’s office space to reflect its declining status in the legal market. Symbolic.



its office space, not it’s






Top, top, US titan



Gotham: A small village near Nottingham whose inhabitants have been a byword for bucolic stupidity since at least the fifteenth century.

Make of that what you will…



Shame really! The new building looks nothing special compared to the iconic gherkin.






The new building is marketed as “Stanza” and will be 34 stories high not 23. Would be helpful to know how much space is involved..


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