We have announced a number of international secondments for 2015.
As part of our plans to expand our international practice, we are participating in a number of international secondments involving Australian and Chinese firms as well as leading European firms.
The Cambridge office has already welcomed David Huang, a senior partner at Chinese law firm AllBright Law Offices. AllBright is one of the leading full service international law firms in China, with more than 750 lawyers, including 220 partners and senior international consultants. They have offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and seven other cities across the country.
David has extensive experience in construction and corporate law and has represented a number of clients, both in China and internationally, on foreign direct investment, securities and capital markets, real estate, construction and other corporate matters. He will be working with us for six months.
Nick Finlayson-Brown, partner and head of the China team, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to welcome David to the team. He has a great track record of providing excellent advice to both domestic and international clients. David has been instrumental in helping Mills & Reeve build a solid relationship with AllBright and we’re confident that his time in our Cambridge office will help us to strengthen it even further, as well as helping us to expand our international credentials here and in China.”
We are also looking forward to a secondment exchange with leading Australian firm Hall & Wilcox. In March, we will welcome senior associate Zoe Keith from the Melbourne office. Zoe has a general insurance practice and is an experienced litigator who manages complex and varied matters for a number of leading insurers and private clients. In return, Jens Henniker Heaton, senior solicitor, will be joining Hall & Wilcox in their Melbourne office later this year. Jens specialises in PFI, PPP and LIFT projects advising both the public and private sectors and regularly works for clients including education and health bodies and universities.
Partner and head of the Australia team, John Grundy, said: “We’re looking forward to working even more closely with Zoe and Hall & Wilcox and are thrilled to be able to take part in this secondment exchange. It’s a fantastic opportunity, not just for Jens but for the firm as a whole, to work directly with our colleagues, clients and contacts in Australia. Our work in the region is increasing so now is the ideal time for us to get in there on the ground.”
A bit closer to home, our banking associate Matthew Howling will be seconded to the Paris office of affiliate French firm FIDAL. This secondment is the latest in an ongoing programme throughout Europe, which involves our lawyers working in law firms and businesses across the continent. Last year these included technology lawyer Stephanie Caird working with German firm Graf von Westphalen in their Frankfurt office, while solicitor Lauren Taylor spent three months working with Luxembourg-based Nordea Bank.
Head of international Terry Gould, said: “Our international practice has increased substantially over the last few years and the numbers of referrals coming in and going out has been rising steadily. These secondments are an ideal way to develop our international and contacts so as to ensure we can service our international clients, while offering an even better service to our UK clients."
“Our international practice is increasingly important and I’m pleased that we are able to capitalise on our connections at such a crucial point. We’re dedicated to making sure we can give a comprehensive service to all our clients, no matter where they are, or where they operate, across the globe.”