Fieldfisher and Belfast-based Donaldson Legal Consulting form strategic partnership
Donaldson Legal Consulting currently employs 25 people.
European law firm Fieldfisher and Donaldson Legal Consulting have today announced that they have joined forces through the establishment of a strategic partnership.
Alison founded Donaldson Legal Consulting in 2005 to provide financial trading documentation, negotiation and associated services to financial institutions, corporations and asset managers and currently employs 25 people based in Belfast.
The Donaldson Legal Consulting business has been incorporated into a new limited liability partnership, Donaldson Legal Consulting LLP ("DLC LLP"), which will be led by Alison Donaldson as managing partner.
DLC LLP will continue to operate as an independent business and will continue to service Donaldson Legal Consulting clients. Fieldfisher will provide support and infrastructure to the business.
Fieldfisher and Donaldson Legal Consulting have already partnered up on specific client engagements through Fieldfisher's award-winning Condor Alternative Legal Solutions platform which was launched in January 2017. Condor is an innovative new business division of Fieldfisher with the aim of offering clients a flexible and customisable range of price-efficient and process-efficient services, partnering with best-in-class service providers and delivered in a single “law firm wrapped and quality-assured” package.
Guy Usher, head of Fieldfisher's derivatives group and a co-founder of Condor said: "This strategic tie up with Alison's business makes perfect sense. It enables us to go to market with yet another service offering for clients, alongside Condor and the normal Fieldfisher service offerings. There is clear demand for all of these offerings which provide different solutions at differing price points."
Alison Donaldson, managing partner, DLC LLP, said: "I am very excited about the prospect of working alongside Fieldfisher. I had probably taken the Donaldson Legal Consulting business as far as I could on my own and I knew the Fieldfisher derivatives team having work with them successfully on a number of client projects."
Condor recently won the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe 2017 for New Business and Service Delivery Models, recognising its disruptive and client-centric innovation.