Ashurst has become the latest UK law firm to open a Dublin office in response to Brexit and restrictions on practizing EU law in the 27-nation bloc.
While Ashurst already has seven offices across mainland Europe, the new Dublin office will allow the firm to more easily maintain its EU competition law practice that was previously based in London. Partners Euan Burrows, Nigel Parr, Duncan Liddell, Neil Cuninghame, and Steven Vaz will now split their time between London and the Irish capital.
In a statement, Ashurst stated, “Ireland is an attractive destination for business and we are delighted to be opening an office in Dublin. The office will be initially used to support our EU competition law practice and we will consider additional services in the future in line with the firm’s growth strategy.”
Ashurst’s move followed a similar decision by Burges Salmon in December. It opened in Dublin to maintain its EU intellectual property practice. A number of other UK firms have also opened in Dublin in recent years, including Kennedys, DAC Beachcroft, DLA Piper, Pinsent Masons, Simmons & Simmons, and Fieldfisher.
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