Conflict concerns or a planned refocus? Mayer Brown London exits prompt strategy questions

Former partner cites 'horrendous' conflicts as firm aims to refocus on high end insurance work after string of partner departures

The London office of US firm Mayer Brown has seen no fewer than eight partners leave for other firms in recent months. With six of those that quit sitting within the firm’s insurance practice – a four-partner team left for Kennedys and two partners this week joined Clyde & Co – the impact on the office is clear.

Less clear, though, are the reasons behind the exits. So why the defections?

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