Buchanan suffers double loss

The anticipated retrenchment of US firms in the London market has begun with the loss of the last two partners from Buchanan Ingersoll&#39s three-year-old office

The exits of corporate partner Jonathan Griffiths to Penningtons and banking partner David Halliday to an unknown destination come after a rocky three years for the firm&#39s London office, which at one stage boasted 13 partners.

Buchanan is retaining a lawyerless office, manned by administrative staff who will share office space with German firm Haarmann Hemmelrath.

Chicago&#39s Altheimer & Gray is also undergoing a review of its London office as it continues to be hit by partner departures. Head of property Stephen Scates, who joined early last year, is leaving to head his own venture, SJS Law, while corporate partner Laurence Begner also intends to leave.