Barlows, Latham and MoFo partners launch boutique with fixed-fee focus

A group of partners from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, Latham & Watkins and Morrison & Foerster have come together to launch a technology, outsourcing and commercial law boutique.

Barlows partner Andrew Giverin (pictured), Morrison & Foerster partner David Skinner and Latham & Watkins partner Alex Hamilton have left their respective firms to set up the boutique alongside Deutsche Bank senior in-house counsel Mark Millward and Barlows senior associate Jason McQuillen.

The new firm launched today as, with Skinner and Hamilton serving as directors. All five lawyers are partner level but will be known as principals, as the firm has not been set up as a partnership. does not intend to hire any junior lawyers and will not charge clients an hourly rate. Instead, it will aim to agree fixed prices for work in advance. The group are working from temporary offices in Clerkenwell while they find a permanent base.

The new outfit will work with legal outsourcer Pangea3 on certain transactions; however, the boutique will be responsible for managing the deal as a whole.

Hamilton said: “We have all been working at large law firms or in-house at large companies and have felt that there has been a lack of movement towards change and development in law firms that we were all looking for, so we decided to set up our own firm with a view to offering services to clients that are better value and provide ongoing support using a support network including offshore legal providers. We will be looking to grow over the coming months and years.”

All five lawyers left their previous firms at the end of 2010. Giverin’s departure from Barlows was announced at the start of December 2010 and followed a raft of departures from the firm.