The travel team is already seeing the benefits of our merger with the international marine specialist Thomas Cooper, in July of this year. The combined firm now has some 850 people, including 141 partners, working across 13 UK and international locations.
Since the merger, the travel team has been working with our colleagues in Paris, Madrid and Piraeus to progress claims for our clients. Approximately 40% of our work originates from France, Spain and Greece and we therefore benefit greatly from our new in house capability in each of these countries.
All of our foreign offices house bi-lingual, dual qualified lawyers with experience of handling personal injury claims. We can therefore rely on them to report in perfect English and to gather evidence, give advice on foreign law and local standards and to litigate in the local Courts when necessary.
Our global reach has also been greatly strengthened by Thomas Cooper’s offices in Singapore and Sao Paolo. The partners located in these offices are extremely well connected with law firms throughout Asia and South America and can assist in selecting the best firms to effectively handle litigation in these areas.
If you would like to learn more about our Marine, Trade and Energy team, or about the work carried out by the Travel Law team, please do contact me.
In other news, I would like to welcome Ellie Aitken, who joined the team as a paralegal in September. Ellie was previously working with our Guildford family team, where she gained significant experience of litigation work.
I also wish to congratulate our colleague Jessica Francis, who worked as a paralegal in the travel team for three years. Jess secured a distinction in her Legal Practice Course and has been offered a training contract with PMC. She will qualify as a solicitor in September 2021.