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November 7, 2011 5:12 PM

Locke Lord Swipes Seven Salans Partners to Launch London Office

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

Locke Lord said Monday that it hired Salans global banking chair Stephen Finch and six other partners from the international firm to lead a new London office.

U.K. publication Legal Week reports that Finch, who served as Salans's global chair for five years until January 2010, resigned from the firm's London office last week.

"After 22 years at Salans, it is time for a new challenge," Finch told Legal Week. "Locke Lord is a great firm, it's entrepreneurial, it's expanding, and it has a lot of U.K. work that needs to be serviced. The firm is looking to [expand further] in London, and I have no doubt they will be able to achieve that--this is certainly a good starting point."

Also joining Locke Lord from Salans are London real estate head Daniel Polden, consumer finance partners Paula Howard and Bill McCaffrey, consumer finance litigation partner Kevin Heath, corporate partner Graham Spitz, and restructuring partner David Grant, all in London.

Additionally, the global head of Salans's cards and payment practice, Robert Courtneidge, will become a consultant with Locke Lord, while restructuring consultant Jim Varley becomes a partner. Roger Abrahams, who was most recently of counsel with Salans, will become an international development consultant at Locke Lord, which is focused on expanding further in Europe, according to Legal Week.

An eleventh lawyer, Rochman Landau partner Joseph Kosky, also is joining Locke Lord's London office, the firm said.

The London office will be the first outpost in Europe for Locke Lord, which recently shortened its name from Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell.

"Our clients' business and the legal industry demand that we evolve to meet the challenges of a global marketplace," Locke Lord chairman Jerry Clements said in a statement.

The Dallas-based firm now boasts more than 650 attorneys in offices in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., as well as Hong Kong.

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