LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire – City law firms Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have splashed out and bought themselves a year of London’s history, the Lawyer reports.
Each paid out £5,000 to have their logos included on a timeline in the Museum of London’s new galleries, which will feature works from more than 300 years of the capital’s history.
The works will span from 1666, the year of the Great Fire, to 2012, the year of the Olympic games.
BLP bought 2001, the year Berwin Leighton and Paisner & Co merged creating a firm of more than 900 staff including 122 partners. Since then the firm has almost doubled its turnover and now employs about 1,200 people.
Freshfields bought 1743 as the firm can trace its lineage back to that year when Samuel Dodd was appointed solicitor to the Bank of England. The magic circle firm has acted for the bank ever since.
Guy Morton, senior partner at Freshfields, said: “We chose 1743, the year of Freshfields’ genesis, and I’m looking forward to seeing our name taking its place in the timeline of the City’s history.”
Slaughters purchased 1889, the year two young solicitors, William Capel Slaughter and William May, left their erstwhile law firm to set up on their own.