|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|No. of offices||Eight|
|No. of lawyers||360+ (150+ partners & 200+ other lawyers)|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Date founded||1989 (London)|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Fieldfisher is a European law firm providing commercial solutions across a range of industry sectors. It has a particular focus on companies that are highly regulated and those with intellectual property and technology-driven business models. The firm has over 140 partners, 210 other lawyers and nearly 300 support staff across offices in Brussels, Hamburg, Paris, London, Manchester, Munich, Palo Alto and Shanghai.
The history of the firm can be traced back almost two centuries and the structure has changed significantly in that time. The main mergers, which created the firm in its current form, happened within living memory and many of the partners and staff who originally started with one of the legacy firms which went on to form Field Fisher Waterhouse, are still working for the firm.
In 1835 Edwin Field established the law firm Field Roscoe & Co. In 1865 Theodore Waterhouse founded Waterhouse & Co. In 1897 Charles Fisher started his articles with Thomas Peacock, which later became TF Peacock Fisher. In 1930 Field Roscoe merged with Treherne Higgins. In 1969 TF Peacock Fisher and Field Roscoe merged to form Field Fisher & Co. In 1972 Martineau and Reid mergeed with Field Fisher & Co to become Field Fisher Martineau. Field Fisher Waterhouse was created in 1989 following the merger of Waterhouse & Co and Field Fisher Martineau. Both firms moved from their original offices and came together to the Vine Street premises in June 1990.
Waterhouse & Co was originally located near St Paul's Cathedral and in 1971 there were just nine partners. At this time all law firms were fairly small as up until 1968 law firms were not permitted to have more than twenty partners.
Shell was a key client of Waterhouse & Co at the time and the firm worked on all Shell’s real estate deals, in particular its move to the Shell building in the 1950s. It was the firm’s relationship with Shell which led to the development of the Japanese desk following a recommendation by Shell to Mitsubishi Bank.
The last major addition to the firm took place in 1998 when Allison & Humphreys (A&H) merged with Field Fisher Waterhouse. A&H was a leading media and communications specialist and therefore complemented Field Fisher Waterhouse’s IT and internet expertise. The BBC was one of the key clients that A&H lawyers brought with them to the firm. In June 2006 Field Fisher Waterhouse converted to LLP status.
In 2007 the firm took its first steps into Europe. In April 2007 offices were set up in Brussels and Hamburg and the shortly after in November 2007 an office in Paris was established. The firm has since gone from strength to strength hiring over 40 laterals in the last three years. Its most recent additions were the opening of the two new German offices in Munich and Düsseldorf.
In September 2012 an office in Silicon Valley, the heart of the world's high tech industry, Palo Alto, California was set up. In 2013 Field Fisher Ryser was launched in Shanghai.
On the 1st of April 2014 Field Fisher Waterhouse merged with Manchester firm Heatons. In May 2014 the firm was renamed Fieldfisher.
The last major internal appointments were in March 2013, when Matthew Lohn was appointed as the Senior Partner and Michael Chissick was appointed to take up the post of Managing Partner.
The firm’s main areas of practice are corporate, IP, technology and regulatory law. The firm also has expertise in areas such as banking and finance, financial services, real estate, dispute resolution, personal injury and medical negligence.
There is a strong international dimension to the firm’s work, with international work representing 20% of total revenue. Beyond Europe, the firm has many long-established clients in the US, China, Japan and increasingly, India.
The firm’s CSR programme is organised into four main workstreams: Pro bono; Charities; Environmental; Equality and Diversity and People Development.
All these workstreams are governed by the firm’s CSR Principles which are, to behave ethically, to contribute positively to the economic and natural environment and to improve the quality of life for our own staff, for the local community and for society at large.