The 4 Pump Court silks testing the water in Hong Kong could signal a new era of change at the bar – The Lawyer

Posted May 29th, 2012 in barristers, Hong Kong, news by tracey

“Unlike with law firms, international growth at the bar has been lacklustre. Why add burdensome overheads by taking office space overseas when barristers can easily jump on a plane? Resistance runs deep. On top of the required investment, there are concerns that a permanent presence in another jurisdiction would signal an intention to compete with domestic practices, potentially blocking lucrative instructions. Yet a handful of barristers have been willing to break with tradition. Last week six silks and seven juniors from 4 Pump Court revealed their intention to join a specialist arbitration outfit in Hong Kong while maintaining their London tenancy.”

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The Lawyer, 28th May 2012