Western markets are highly interconnected and heavily influenced by the European Union's legal frameworks and rulings. As a result, you need legal advisors who both understand the local legal environments and business cultures, and who are able to deliver on-the-ground support across the region. In addition, the strong links to other European regions, such as Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordics, mean that working with a truly international firm is essential.
Bird & Bird has 12 offices across the major economies of Western Europe, including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. Between them, they have over 75 leading teams ranked by the Chambers legal directories, including 20 tier one rankings and all the offices are ranked in the top three tiers for Intellectual Property and TMT.
As well as working closely with the firm's offices across the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, the team has strong working relationships with leading independent firms across Europe, including cooperation agreements with leading Swiss law firm BianchiSchwald LLC and with Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados in Portugal. This enables it to offer a seamless pan-European capability.
The firm's strong and consistent sector focus means that, across the region, we are able to provide high levels of expertise across all our offices, with lawyers that understand the commercial drivers in each location for the industries in which we work. We also have strong EU and competition teams across the firm, enabling us to help clients navigate the complexities of European-wide law.
The latest edition of the Chambers legal directory highlights Bird & Bird, saying it is: "A tremendous firm with a strong foothold in the European market. The quality of work is consistently high across the network." Clients also tell Chambers: "The lawyers know how it all works in Europe, which makes it easier for us. I find them to be excellent across the board in Europe."