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“The perception of the firm is changing – the Carroll McNulty & Kull (CMK) merger certainly made people take us much more seriously. With that merger we are no longer at risk of being considered a London firm with a few overseas offices,” says Kennedys senior partner Nick Thomas.

Just six months ago, Thomas (pictured) told Legal Week that the view of Kennedys from outside the firm was “about five years out of date”. However, emboldened by a year of international expansion – headlined by May’s transatlantic merger with the 100-lawyer US firm CMK – Thomas says that he feels that this is shifting.

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