Republic Of Ireland: Coming Of Age
The Republic of Ireland's law firms are reaching the end of a phase of restructuring undertaken to reflect the country's new economy. While the biggest firms have retained their grip on the market, others are also making their mark. Sophie Evans reports
The Republic of Ireland’s lawyers are in an ebullient mood, and they are talking big. Not so long ago, the market’s capacity to house more than three or four full-service firms was limited – the same old names were dominating the deal tables and the headlines. But in the past couple of years, several of the country’s firms have taken the strategic decision to go full-service and shake up the status quo. The biggest firms do still sit comfortably at the top of the deal tables, but there are a handful of ambitious, smaller firms knocking at the door, aided by the growth of key clients. And Dublin’s legal centre of gravity is also changing, as a raft of firms have articulated plans to move into new offices in Dublin’s docklands. Things look set to get a lot more competitive in the Republic.
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