The future of trainees in CMS Cameron McKenna’s Hong Kong office is hanging in the balance, following the City firm’s decision to drastically scale down its presence there and to abandon its fledgling Beijing office.
The shock move will see the loss of around 40 lawyers and the return of partner Chris Southorn and two trainees to London. Managing partner Dick Tyler said the firm was trying to arrange for the four locally hired trainees to be taken on by other firms. “We’re conscious of our contractual obligations,” he emphasised.
Partner Tim Ingham and a small group of associates will stay in Hong Kong to focus on insurance. In mainland China, the firm will continue to service clients through the recently opened Shanghai office of French ally and CMS member Bureau Francis Lefebvre.