Four law firms from across three continents have joined forces to serve what they say is a growing multinational market.
UK firm DAC Beachcroft has linked with BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr of Germany, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Adelman Dicker of the US and Wotton + Kearney from Australia to create an alliance called Legalign Global.
The firms each have a focus on insurer clients and the model is designed to offer services across jurisdictions in this market.
The firms have a codified global client service charter to ensure all members offer consistent services to clients. They have a combined force of 2,000 lawyers in 58 offices across the world and say the model offers both international reach and cost efficiencies.
DAC Beachcroft managing partner David Pollitt said: ‘This is a fantastic move for all our firms. We are proud to be a Legalign founding member and excited about the opportunities this arrangement will bring to our clients and to our people in the coming years.’
Daniel J McMahon, Wilson Elser chairman, said the arrangement is different to what he called networks of ‘loosely affiliated law firms’, stating this would be a ‘closely knit, integrated alliance’.
DAC Beachcroft already has offices in Ireland, Spain, Singapore, New Zealand, the US, Mexico, Chile and Colombia, with associated firms in Brazil, Canada, India, Malaysia and Peru.
Wilson Elser already has a presence in the UK, with one London office supplementing its 30 offices in the US.