06:59, March 15 136 0

2018-03-15 06:59:05
Lewis Silkin is latest firm to confirm Dublin launch

Just months after Simmons & Simmons’ launch, Lewis Silkin has joined the ranks of firms investing in an Ireland foothold ahead of Brexit.

Lewis Silkin has hired Leman Solicitors senior associate Siobhra Rush, who is joining the firm as a partner, and Linda Hynes, who is joining as a managing associate.

The Dublin office will focus on Irish and international employment law services as well as supporting clients with business immigration needs.

Simmons & Simmons decided to open an office in Dublin late last year, weeks after US outfit Covington & Burling confirmed its investment in the Irish republic.

The Lawyer reported in 2016 that Pinsents was looking for a new office in Dublin after the Brexit vote, although it was unclear whether the firm was looking for a merger or a team hire.

Meanwhile, Kennedys expanded its Dublin operations after a report was released that suggested some British businesses would look to leave the UK following the Brexit vote.

The first of the pack was Dechert, which launched its Dublin office in July 2010 with the hire of Declan O’Sullivan from William Fry.

Commenting on the launch, Lewis Silkin chief executive Ian Jeffery said: “The opening of our new office in Dublin is a significant step in our evolution as a firm as we continue to grow and invest to meet increasing client demand for our market-leading international employment law offering.

“The new Dublin office is a natural and complementary addition to our existing offering, and further enhances our ability to deliver for clients with operations in Ireland, the wider EU and globally. Going forward, we will continue to review avenues for expansion in Ireland in line with evolving client requirements.”