|No. of offices||16|
|No. of lawyers||Approx. 400|
|No. of employees||Approx. 970|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Revenue||£165 million (2016/17)|
|Profit per equity partner||£640,000 (2016/17)|
|Date founded||1835 (Field Roscoe & Co.)
1865 (Waterhouse & Co.)
1969 (merger of Field Roscoe and TF Peacock Fisher)
1989 (merger of Field Fisher Martineau and Waterhouse & Co.)
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Fieldfisher LLP is a multinational law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It has approximately 400 lawyers across offices in Beijing, Birmingham, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Palo Alto, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin and Venice and is the UK’s 37th-largest law firm measured by 2015/16 revenues. The firm has practices in sectors including Real Estate, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Public Services, Hotels & Leisure, Life Sciences, Media, Telecoms and Technology.
Origins to 2000
The origins of Fieldfisher can be traced back to the founding of the law firm Field Roscoe & Co. by Edwin Wilkins Field in 1835. 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 Field Roscoe and TF Peacock Fisher merged to form Field Fisher & Co.
In 1972 Field Fisher & Co. merged with Martineau and Reid to become Field Fisher Martineau. Field Fisher Waterhouse was created in 1989 by the merger of Field Fisher Martineau and Waterhouse & Co. Field Fisher Martineau was located at Lincoln’s Inn House in Holborn, close to Red Lion Square, a very convenient location for the law courts. Waterhouse & Co was originally located near St Paul's Cathedral and in 1971 had just nine partners; at the time all British law firms were fairly small they were not permitted to have more than twenty partners until 1968. The combined firm moved to new premises in Vine Street in June 1990.
The oil company Shell was a key client of Waterhouse & Co. and the firm worked on all of Shell’s major real estate deals, in particular its move to the Shell Centre in the 1950s. The firm’s relationship with Shell led to the development of a Japanese desk following a recommendation to Mitsubishi Bank by Shell.
In 1998 Field Fisher Waterhouse merged with Allison & Humphreys (A&H). A&H was a media and communications specialist and complemented Field Fisher Waterhouse’s IT and internet expertise. The BBC was one of the key clients that A&H lawyers brought to the firm.
2000 to present
In June 2006 Field Fisher Waterhouse converted to LLP status.
In 2007 the firm took its first steps into Europe; in April offices were established in Brussels and Hamburg, and in November an office in Paris was opened. The firm subsequently opened additional German offices in Munich and Düsseldorf.
In September 2012 the firm opened an office in Palo Alto, California.
In July 2013 Field Fisher Waterhouse merged with the Chinese law firm Ryser & Associates, with Ryser being renamed Field Fisher Ryser but continuing to operate as a financially separate partnership.
In July 2016 Fieldfisher merged with the Italian law firm Studio Associato Servizi Professionali Integrati (SASPI), which had offices in Milan, Rome, Venice and Turin. SASPI changed its name to Fieldfisher upon completion of the merger.
In November 2016 Fieldfisher merged with the Birmingham-based commercial law firm Hill Hofstetter. In the same month Fieldfisher merged with the Beijing-based law firm JS Partners, and the firm's relationship with Shanghai-based Ryser & Associates was simultaneously dissolved.
Fieldfisher has the following main practice areas:
- Competition, Regulatory and Trade
- Corporate Crime
- Dispute Resolution
- Employment, Pensions and Incentives
- Intellectual Property
- Medical Negligence
- Personal Injury
- Private Client
- Public and Regulatory
- Real Estate
- Tax and Structuring
- Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy
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