The interest of UK firms in the Australian market shows no sign of
abating, with last month's major news being the combination of HERBERT
SMITH and FREEHILLS. A partner vote at both firms has confirmed that the
merger will occur before the year's end. The development is a shot in
the arm for the UK firm, which has faced questions in recent months over
its international strategy after the breakdown of its European
alliance. This latest news seems to be a clear statement of intent.
On the managerial front, HERBERT SMITH announced that it was to transfer former global corporate head Michael Walter to Singapore from London, to take up the role of South East Asia managing partner....