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Foreign firms in London still struggle to find that elusive balance between organic growth and lateral hiring. Charlotte Edmond charts the latest trends

It was 40 years ago this year that Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton first opened its doors in London. Having opened in Paris in 1949, Cleary had marked itself out as a firm with international ambitions early on. And although it was not until 1997, with the hire of Lovells partner Andrew Curran, that the Manhattan law firm launched its English law capability, Cleary’s status as an international pioneer of the legal sector is undoubted.

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