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News - 19 June 2012

Riverveiw Law, a firm which specializes in fixed price legal services business, has paved the way for international businesses and law firms to have better access to the English Legal system, by opening its first international office in New York.

The US office will offer the same transparent, fixed price service to international clients across all areas of English business law that Riverview Law has pioneered in the UK.

Adam Shutkever (pictured), Chief Operating Officer at Riverview Law, says: “The volume of cross-border activity, along with the impact of extraterritorial legislation such as the Bribery Act and Enterprise Act, means that many international corporations and professionals have a regular need to advice and representation in the English system, yet are often frustrated by the inefficiency of having to appoint, separately, both solicitors and barristers.

“At Riverview Law we have removed these inefficiencies. Our teams are led by world-class barristers, with full support from experienced solicitors. At the heart of our offer is making sure that the client receives the right support, from the right team, at the right time and all with complete price certainty.”

Legal advice to Riverview Law clients is delivered by Riverview Solicitors and Riverview Chambers and has some of the UK’s leading lawyers, including 14 QCs.

Many of the Riverview Law team have long-standing relationships with US clients: Richard Lissiack QC, Head of the Riverview Law International Team, is admitted to the Bar of New York as an FLC, and as Counsel is currently instructed as the first ever US/UK jointly appointed monitor in respect of Innospec. While Andrew Spink QC, who is also Chairman of the North American Committee of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR), recently acted in two seminal cases arising out of the developing UK Pensions Regulator Financial Support Direction (FSD) ‘long arm’ jurisdiction, including for the American holding company of Lehman Brothers (LBHI) and a number of its subsidiaries.

The office will be headed by Ady Daws, who as Vice-President North America for Riverview Law, will be a key point of contact for US clients and be responsible for developing and managing relationships with US-based law firms and corporations.

Andy joined Riverview Law from AdviserPlus Business Solutions, where he spent five years as Client Director. Previously he worked in the Legal and Regulatory division of Thompson Reuters. He says: “The interest we have received since arriving in America has been incredible. There is a real appetite to eliminate the duplication of effort and open-ended nature of costs often associated with the English legal system, which is something we’re able to do without compromising on quality. In the current economic climate, our proposition represents a rare win-win for General Counsel and law firms here who are seeking assurance on both cost and quality.”